“It is indeed hard to change old habits! I try not to think of it as doing ‘the right thing,’ because I try to take the ‘good versus bad’ thinking out of the equation. It tends to make us feel guilty, which can cause us to turn to comfort food even more. You’ve hit on an important issue, which is that food is available and has a long history for all of us that makes it comforting. One strategy I find helpful is to take a time-out and do some deep breathing, stretching or meditation. This can at least disrupt the automatic habit of reaching for comfort food.”
Carol Landau, clinical professor of psychiatry and medicine at Brown University’s Alpert Medical School, is a co-author of The New Truth About Menopause: Straight Talk About Treatments and Choices from Two Leading Women Doctors.Learn more at carollandau.com.