For many people, we’re approaching many weeks of staying in our homes as we work to slow the spread of covid-19. I don’t know about you, but it has felt like a LONG time, to be stuck without outdoor activities besides the occasional walk or trip to the grocery store.
And it probably feels especially long if you’re someone who struggles with food and weight problems. All that unstructured time, being near the kitchen- it’s no easy task to stay away from sugar and flour and overeating in times like these.
That’s why it’s so essential- now more than ever- to CLOSE THE KITCHEN each night. Nighttime is a tough time for many- even without adding in our coronavirus fears and stir-crazy cabin fever. Now is the time to set firm lines about when to eat and when not to eat, so things don’t feel out of control and chaotic.
So here’s the first step: decide when you want the kitchen closed each night. Having a consistent time gets you in a routine and doesn’t leave wiggle room to negotiate more food. To help you stick to your time, Molly will be doing an instagram and facebook live in the name of closing the kitchen each night. Tune in here for facebook and here for instagram!
Next, figure out what skills you will use after the kitchen is closed to keep you away from the food! Schedule some fun or pleasant activities like watching a movie, facetime-ing friends, or taking a luxurious bubble bath. When urges come up, remember that this urge will pass if you give it time to pass! Acting impulsively in the moment when urges come up will only make your ures more intense day after day.
Finally, get a good bed-time routine established so you can look forward too unwinding at the end of the night. Try sticking to the routine even when it feels the most difficult- you’ll thank yourself later!
Here’s the thing- if you even try one of two of these steps, you are such a rockstar. Don’t let perfection be the enemy of the good. These are difficult times we are in and any steps you make towards building integrity in your relationship with food is a huge win. We’re here rooting you on.