We all do it…eat that brownie when no one is looking, eat a whole bag of chips in front of the TV late at night when “calories don’t count,” eat when we feel a hint of negative emotion take over, etc. No matter the eating behavior, the first step in overcoming these sabotaging habits is to identify them! Self awareness of your patterns will bring you to a whole new level when making an important lifestyle change.

Take a brief moment to answer the following eating behavior questions. Be honest with yourself…no one will see these answers except for you. Often, the “Ah-ha” moment of clarity comes just by asking the right question!

Eating Behaviors Self Assessment: 

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  1. Do you eat more food when you are alone or with others? Why?

  2. Are your food choices influenced by what people around you are eating? If so, how are they impacted? What types of people or social settings do you notice this influence the most? 

  3. What time of day (morning, afternoon, evening, middle of the night) do you tend to consume most of your calories?

  4. Do you typically eat when you physiologically feel hungry? What other reasons may you start eating?

  5. Do you typically stop eating when you physiologically feel full? What other reasons may you stop eating?

  6. If you make a poor food choice, how does this impact your food choices for the rest of the meal? How does it impact the rest of your day? The rest of your week?

  7. How does consuming alcohol impact your food choices and/or portion sizes?

  8. What time of year do you find it easiest to eat well? Why?

  9. What types of behaviors (i.e. sleeping well, exercising, meal prepping/planning, stress management, etc.) help you to have a successful week of eating well?

  10. How does exercise impact your eating patterns and/or food choices?

  11. Do you make healthier food choices with a wide or small selection of food options? 

After taking the time to answer these questions I want you to take 5 to 10 minutes to think…really think about how food interacts with your life every single day. If you could  change some of these patterns, how would that impact your health? How would that impact your life? By working with me one-on-one, we will continue to journey down this path to identify your habits and behaviors that set you back from achieving your goals. We will explore how to make and keep a successful change to your health and your life. Are you ready?!