How to Stop Compulsively Eating Free Food

by | Jul 17, 2017

We have all been there. You walk into the break room at work or get to an event and there it is, a table full of free (and not-so-healthy) treats that are yours for the taking.

For Kristen these moments trigger her into what she calls “opportunistic eating,” mindlessly eating food that would normally not appeal to her just because it is there.

Kristen knows that this behavior is preventing her from dropping the last few pounds she would like to lose. She’s also missing out on enjoying better quality treats in the rest of her life because she has “blown her calories” on eating free junk food at work.

She feels she is undermining her personal values of both good health and enjoying delicious food because of this habit.

Together Kristen and I we come up with strategies that can help her bring awareness to her behavior and get in touch with her core values so that she can make better choices when tempted.

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Related links:

Mindful Meal Challenge

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

Weighty Matters

The Diet Fix: Why Diets Fail and How to Make Yours Work by Yoni Freedhoff M.D.



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2 Responses to “How to Stop Compulsively Eating Free Food”

  1. My office just started getting catering – this has been a legitimate issue! Thanks for the ideas!

  2. Marie says:

    This is super helpful. The out of sight out of mind this really is a huge issue. I have 2 boxes of cookies that I love and are a healthier option that have been in my desk for a week. I’ve had 3 times that free office food is down the hall and for some dang reason my butt is walking down the hall for leftovers that I know will actually give me stomach issues instead of opening the dang box of cookies right next to my chair! It’s driving me nuts trying to comprehend why the heck I do this to myself.

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