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All the bad food habits

mskarriedallmskarriedall Member Posts: 3 Member Member Posts: 3 Member
Discuss what bad food habits trigger you and how you maintain to stay away from it !!!

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  • OhMsDivaOhMsDiva Member Posts: 1,058 Member Member Posts: 1,058 Member
    The question was bad food habits. I will answer it. Keeping foods in the house that I know I tend to overeat is a bad food habit for me. I keep snacks in the house, but certain things I will grab just because I see it.
    Eating because I am bored is another bad food habit that I try to avoid.
  • Speakeasy76Speakeasy76 Member Posts: 314 Member Member Posts: 314 Member
    Mine is mindless eating: eating a bit here, a bite there, eating off of my kids' plate. Once I started tracking again, that cut out most (if not all) of it.
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 18,776 Member Member, Premium Posts: 18,776 Member
    I don't believe there are bad food habits - other than "eating too many calories on average" or "getting consistently poor nutrition".

    I maintain (year 5+ now) eating foods I enjoy that add up to a reasonable number of calories (averaged over time) and reasonable overall nutrition (ditto), and that keep me feeling full and energetic most of the time, alongside being practical and generally making me happy.

    As a generality, I believe it's more helpful to think in terms of pursuing good outcomes, rather than avoiding bad things. The worst way not to think of a giraffe, is to tell yourself not to think of a giraffe. 😉
  • vanmepvanmep Member Posts: 290 Member Member Posts: 290 Member
    My worst habit was mindless eating: Routinely grabbing a treat as I went through the checkout, eating food just because it was out in front of me, cleaning a plate just because it was there, eating food that I didn’t even particularly like just because everyone was. For a good part of my life I couldn’t understand why I was overweight because I didn’t think I ate that much. Truth is I had absolutely no awareness of how much I actually was eating
  • rosebarnalicerosebarnalice Member Posts: 3,078 Member Member Posts: 3,078 Member
    Emotional eating-- that is, using food to stuff down uncomfortable feelings like disappointment, loneliness, or anxiousness, or to "puff up" nice feelings like happiness, companionship, or celebration.

    I'm not saying that I never eat something at a celebratory function or when I'm at home by myself after a frustrating day . . . but the bad habit/danger zone is when I catch myself using food to either AVOID feeling an unpleasant feeling or in the mistaken belief that a pleasant experience can only be experienced in the presence of food.
  • wunderkindkingwunderkindking Member Posts: 137 Member Member Posts: 137 Member
    My worst habit and lingering hurdle is those times I'm OUT (which is rare) I just eat literally whatever. Calories wise? Not any big issue.

    That it makes me feel crappy and I keep doing it I do not love.

    It's like I trade feeling like crap for convenience. I KNOW I am doing it but it is so not actually worth being able to avoid cooking.
  • mtaratootmtaratoot Member, Premium Posts: 5,403 Member Member, Premium Posts: 5,403 Member
    May I suggest you move this discussion over to the "Food and Nutrition" forum? It would probably be much more appropriate over there.

    Because, sad to say, the boring reply most of us probably have is, "Just keep doing what we've been doing, because it worked to get here, and we know we need to keep doing what we've done; it's a new way of life, and not a temporary change."
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