PCOS Boredom-Based Eating
I’ve been thinking about how many of our bad eating habits are triggered by boredom….
How often have you sat at home in front of the television, flipping channels, and snacking mindlessly? How about being at work, where you’re trapped in a cubicle you hate, and the only really good reasons to get up are to go to the bathroom, or to go get a snack or a meal? How about going to the movies and buying the bargain-sized giant popcorn, right after the meal you just ate? How often do you “need” a snack under these circumstances?
Quite often, we do a semi-decent job of planning ahead for breakfast, maybe even lunch or dinner, but snacks are hazardous territory. And unfortunately, it’s not usually the planned meals that do us in; it’s the random, boredom-based snacking.
The key is, when you’re bored, it’s a little more complicated than suggested by merely moaning, “I’m bored.” When you’re bored, you’re probably also dealing with at least one of the following:
When all of those things are going on, it’s likely that your brain starts to shut down from the overwhelm. You need soothing. You get a snack. You reach for something carby/fatty/sugary – anything that’s not on your self-determined, approved healthy eating plan.
Seriously – have you ever noticed that you’ve just gotta’ have some cold sliced chicken breast, or a cup of low-fat milk? No, it’s much more likely you’re going after chips, salted nuts, chocolate, pastry, cookies, ice cream….
You want a treat, some compensation for your misery.
Food is the easiest way to treat your self. It tastes good. It takes your mind off the other stuff. It gives you something else to focus on.
Gretchen Kubacky, Psy.D. is a Health Psychologist in private practice in West Los Angeles, California. She is an inCYST Certified PCOS Educator, and the founder of PCOSWellness.com. She specializes in counseling women and couples who are coping with infertility, PCOS, and related endocrine disorders and chronic illnesses.
If you would like to learn more about Dr. Gretchen or her practice, or obtain referrals in the Los Angeles area, please visit her website at www.DrGretchenKubacky.com, or e-mail her at AskDrGretchen@gmail.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @askdrgretchen.
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