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Breaking the Stress Eating barrier

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The benefit of a deadline is it creates a sense of urgency to get something done.

Yesterday I decided to do a 20 hour fast. I picked the number because 3pm felt like a realistic goal for me. I counted the hours since I last ate, realized it was 20 hours, and made it my goal for the day.

It was really hard. I felt like I was going to die a few times! It's so uncomfortable, right?

But I ate way over my TDEE the day before and I have developed this strange habit of feeling like I need to eat at every single ounce of stress in my life.

That's not going to end well if I stay on that track.

Every time I wanted to give up on that 20 hour goal, I'd drink a glass of water, or get a cup of tea and had back to my computer to chip away on my college assignments. I had little mini deadlines that I had set for the day to get those done as well.

In waves, I'd get caught up in my work and I'd forget about my hunger, other times I felt miserable, but I forged ahead on my work and staying focused on my goals.

I even did a little food prep and didn't take a bite while putting the food away, which I feel I haven't done in years! I was determined to meet my fasting goal for the day.

Once I reached the 20 hour mark I actually felt like I wanted to keep going with the fast, but I made myself a normal meal and felt so full after eating. I didn't want to keep eating like I seem to always want to do lately.

The thing is, our body can adapt to too much food, and it can adapt to too little food. It can also adapt to just the right amount of food.

So that's part of the trick with fasting, is that it can fool you. You can adapt and keep going too much, you know, like too much of a good thing and then it's not good anymore.

My goal was 20 hours and I achieved my objective. I'm not falling into the trap of "more is better."