Risk Management: The Overlooked Key to Finding Peace with Food

The following slide presentation was developed to show the necessity of reducing your exposure to triggering food situations. If you don't make risk-managment part of your system, long-term success is virtually impossible. 

As shown in the example above, it's harder to say no when it is a loved one presenting the food than when it is a more casual acquaintance. Note that in either case, the risk you have once the food is at home very high.


The example above is not meant to imply that you must be a hermit and miss out on time with friends in favor of having greater control with food. This is a realistic case of multiple priorities: your happiness and quality of life are dramatically affected by how balanced you stay with food, and also by time spent with supportive friends. How do you get both in the way that does you the most good? The idea is to notice the things you could do to make the food part less stressful if you wish, and to understand that when you choose to eat with friends, you must be more purposely mindful to keep from eating in a way that you later regret. It's about balancing the needs in the way that keeps you the happiest and strongest overall. 


Most people are now in food-pressured work environments, and many have no choice about how physically close they are to the treat foods that show up there. All you can do is whatever you can--it all matters. This may include being more assertive about treat foods not being kept in your vicinity. There was a time when we had no choice but to be subjected to coworkers' second-hand smoke, for example, and that got changed. It wasn't easy, but it got done. This is the same kind of issue and merits the same level of effort, for the same reason: health and lives are at stake. It won't change until one by one, we start speaking up. Some people have actually chosen to change jobs to get out of a particularly unhealthy environment.  That's a radical choice but it is sometimes the most reasonable one, especially if your health is heavily compromised and you can tell that your workplace plays a significant role in keeping you out of control.


It should be noted that eating out is a very high-risk activity under the best of circumstances, and most of us would do well to simply go out a lot less. To the extent that you do go out to eat, as in all other food situations, it will turn out best if you plan ahead and set it up that way.



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