The first time Harry asked me, I picked a fight with him. Why would he even suggest such a thing? It was creepy and objectifying, and I was an adult woman with agency and self-respect. I knew this was an issue that often came up in relationships, and I came prepared to fight with a litany of feminist rhetoric and healthy boundaries. I won in a knock-out, in 90 seconds flat.
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Why You Overeat During Netflix Marathons
"I also like the idea of keeping some notes on mindfulness," says Armul, since how mindful you are can affect your food intake. Along with a mindfulness rating, jot down whether you're eating in front of the TV, seated at a table, or standing up in your kitchen, which can help you understand why you ate more than usual or felt less satisfied than you expected.
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Whether You're Eating the Right Breakfast
Logging your appetite throughout the day can help you identify what foods fill you up, and which ones leave you hungry again in an hour or two (it's different for everyone), says Armul. "I ask clients to rank their hunger levels," she says. "If they're starving every day by lunchtime, then maybe their breakfast isn't effective." (Perhaps try making one of these 10 Protein-Packed Yogurt Bowls That Will Jump Start Your Morning.)
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Your Personal Food-Mood Connection
Some people turn to food when they're frustrated, says Lawrence, while others feel they "deserve" an indulgence after accomplishing something tough. Writing down your emotions when you log your food keeps emotional eating in the front of your mind, which can help curb binging or mindless munching. Writing can also help replace that emotion-driven indulgence. "If you feel like eating but you've just had a meal, write down your feelings instead," says Lawrence. Did you know that certain foods can actually boost your mood, too?
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Why You've Been Feeling Lightheaded
People don't always think to log water in a food journal, but the information is really crucial, says Lawrence. (Are you drinking enough water? Do you have any of the Five Signs of Dehydration? And no, the color of your pee isn't the only factor.) If you see that you're not drinking enough throughout the day, it could help explain symptoms like constipation and dizziness, which are both associated with dehydration.
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