Chaos Leads to Chaos

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Hi there! Thanks for showing up here – means a lot to me.
*I’ve always got to add my disclaimer here… I am not a doctor and in no way am trying to replace one with my thoughts or suggestions. By reading and considering my advice please know that I only share what I think is best through my past experiences, research, data collection, client experiences, and health coaching certification. At this time, I work with women who want more peace when it comes to food (instead of yo-yo dieting). I do not work with women with eating disorders and recommend seeking a doctor or therapist.
Let’s move on! Today is about chaos. Chaos; complete disorder and confusion.
Now, some people THRIVE off of chaos, and if that is the case, then this post may not be for you. 😉
Here’s how chaos affected me (and my eating habits) when I was in my dieting days. Looked like this: 
  • If I woke up late, had to grab a bar on the way out the door, ate in the car, and felt flustered all day (realizing I forgot to put mascara on one eye — has anyone else done that?!) I found myself eating more and turning to food more frequently.
  • If I didn’t give myself enough of a head start on an assignment, it was almost like I’d failed so then I’d self-sabotage and start overeating because I was a “failure.”
  • If my room is overly cluttered for weeks and weeks (let’s be real, I can be a little messy for a few days and not sweat it), then that turned into how I was acting with food.
How chaos affects me post diet days (yes, it still affects me!):
  • When I do not start my day with some calm journalling/setting intentions, I feel out of whack. I might be a little grumpier, and I’m less likely to truly listen to my body.
  • When everything around me is piled up, messy, sloppy I definitely feel it affect my mood and motivation. I often find I am more likely to sit in front of the TV while eating than if my place is clean, and less cluttered. 
  • When I have consistent chaos (a few days out of routine, sleeping in, can’t find certain items I want or need, not planning ahead) I feel as if I am showing myself I’m NOT deserving of peace and calm… the chaos continues if I don’t check in and ask myself, “What would help me feel calm and amazing? What do I need?”
Everyone deserves to have moments of calm, systems in place to help keep themselves organized in a way that feels good MOST of the time. 
Chaotic environments, relationships, lifestyles, habits CAN (not always, and not for everyone) lead to chaotic eating behaviors. 
My suggestion?  
​1. Do a pattern/awareness check:
  • What makes you feel overwhelmed? Stressed?
  • What’s cluttering you right now? Is it affecting anything in your life? 
2. Build in downtime/relaxation/organization (whatever it is you need):
  • 5 minutes of deep breathing
  • sanctuary spot
  • me basket
  • a book
  • schedule times where you can get ahead on certain things that might make you feel stressed and chaotic
  • know what things you don’t care about/don’t affect you and put them down on the priority list
3. Pressure check:
  • Do you put pressure on yourself to be perfect? 
  • This could lead to any ounce of chaos feeling like you’ve let yourself down and you need to take it out on food
  • think about which areas you could let go of a little pressure, which ones matter, and why you cause your self (sometimes) unnecessary pressure
Those are my thoughts for today ladies! You’ll have to let me know what you thought by either commenting below or shooting me an!
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About Eat Work Play Balanced

Abby is a certified health coach who knows how difficult it can be to get out of the diet cycle and mindset. On the Eat Work Play Balanced blog you'll find tips, strategies, and info that can help you transform your relationship with food to find balance! *Disclaimer-I am not a doctor, and do not treat or diagnose women with eating disorders.

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