Find a Distraction
Today's Will Power Moment - 05
with Dr. James Meschino
Growing problem with weight gain in our society. Much of the problem is over eating. We’re creatures of habit, so when we find ourselves repeating certain patterns, like sitting in front of the TV or a computer munching on snacks, we’re only over eating, but also sitting too long and not moving.
If you’re trapped in this pattern then you have to find a distraction that brings you pleasure and breaks the habit.
If you find a distraction that you like, then your mind won’t be focused on the food you are giving up – That’s important. The distraction has to consume your mind, or distract it sufficiently, so you forget about food altogether.
Here are some examples of healthy distractions:
Learn to play a musical instrument – you can’t eat and play piano or guitar at the same time.
The same is true for:
- Taking dance lessons.
- Participating in a social dance club, once or twice per week.
- Zumba class.
- Line dance class.
- Yoga class or a yoga routine at home.
- Taking singing lessons or singing in a choir or chorus.
- Go for a walk and listen to your favourite music or an audio book.
If the distraction also helps you burn some calories, then that’s a bonus, like: dancing, Zumba class, walking or going for a leisurely bike ride.
So here’s the exercise:
Identify the situations where you’re likely to sit down and start munching on food you don’t really need. Then come up with your own pleasurable distraction to help focus your mind and body on something else that makes you feel productive and good about yourself – and removes the temptation of eating calories you don’t need.
Okay, find a distraction that works for you.
I found the ones that work for me. Now it’s your turn.
Thanks for watching, and see you next time.
Eat Smart, Live Well, Look Great.
Dr. James Meschino
Dr. James Meschino
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. James Meschino, DC, MS, ROHP, is an educator, author, and researcher having lectured to thousands of healthcare professionals across North America. He holds a Master’s Degree in Science with specialties in human nutrition and biology and is recognized as an expert in the field of nutrition, anti-aging, fitness, and wellness as well as the author of numerous books.