Why am I Dieting?
Many people who are familiar with Depakote know that it causes you to gain weight. After I started taking this medicine for the first time, I gained 20 pounds. Since I was overweight to begin with, I decided that it is about time to start losing weight. I prefer not to say that I am on a diet, but trying to alter bad eating habits. I started a small investigation by asking people on epilepsy forums if they have been successful losing weight while taking this medicine, and have had few positive responses. Undaunted, I found a book called “Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life” by Thich Nhat Hanh and Dr. Lilian Cheung. I have identified my personal barriers to healthy eating. I have listed all of them below.
Personal Barriers to Healthy Eating
- Do you skip breakfast or other meals?
- Do you speed eat?
- Do you mindlessly overeat large portions?
- Do you eat a lot at night?
- Do you often eat fast food or restaurant meals?
- Do you lack the time to prepare healthy meals?
- Do you eat more on the weekends than during the week?
- Do you eat when you are angry, sad, bored, or stressed?
I am guilty of many of these “personal barriers”. It soon became clear that I need to watch how I am eating my food as well as what food I am eating. For example: I like eating in front of the tv or while working on my computer. According to this book, this can cause overeating. I didn’t even think that this would be an issue.
Putting Knowledge into Action
Now that I have identified my personal barriers to healthy eating, I can develop a few strategies to prevent overeating. Many of these personal barriers of mine have been in place for decades and are not a recent development. That will only make it harder for me to get rid of them. Part two of my weight loss strategy will be to start implementing a more rigorous exercise routine. Exercise is said to be good for the mind as well as the body.