Life Performance Blog: Break The Chain Of Bad Habits

If your unwanted habits are a chain, it's time to break the links.

The Food Chain

Have you ever overeaten, then checked back into reality wondering what the heck happened?

Like it seemed like that bag of cookies blindsided you and drove off, leaving you in a pile of crumbs. Did anyone catch the license plate of that sugar truck?

It's common.

How do those mindless, uncontrolled events happen?

Think of unwanted autopilot and overeating like that last link in a chain. It might seem like it starts the moment you take the first bite. But actually, those events are caused by subtle thoughts and emotions that can be building-up long before the actions become obvious—even a few days beforehand.

For example:

  • You might be stressed on Monday, then eat more on Tuesday.

  • You might skip breakfast, then nosh at night.

  • You might have a few drinks with friends, then think, "Hey! Let's order takeout!"

  • You might be feeling deprived and want to "rebel" or "relax" by eating.

Even as convenient as food often is, it still takes several steps for an eating event to occur.

You might have to decide to get the food. Then go get it. Then find a place to set-up or a time to be alone. Then prep utensils, open the food. Then eat.

Each one of those steps is a chance to break the links in a chain of unwanted behaviors. It's hard to stop overeating once you start (though, of course, it can be done).

It's a lot easier to prevent it in the first place, by addressing the problems farther up the chain.

The key to prevention is working backwards, finding the subtle connections in behaviors, and getting closer and closer to the source of action.

The Behaviour Awareness Worksheet

This Behaviour Awareness Worksheet could help. It's helped a lot of people. It could dramatically change the way you think about eating and habits.