Whether meeting with friends, a night out or celebrating a child’s birthday, food has become enmeshed in many everyday social activities. Food has also become the “go-to” reaction when dealing with stress at work, at home or in relationships, but it doesn’t have to be.
“How do you manage life’s stressors and still eat healthy?” asked Dr. Karen Leaman, a clinical psychologist and coordinator for the Weight Management Program (WMP) at Evans Army Community Hospital (EACH). “It’s about being more mindful of the choices you are making and finding other ways to cope.”
For many people, poor eating habits continue without any real knowledge or guidance of nutritional content and proper portions. Until they reach a turning point in their health, their current lifestyle has established itself over time and can develop issues for the future.
For Randy Brennan, retired Air Force sergeant and civilian training manager at Peterson Air Force Base, getting a diabetes diagnosis was his turning point during a visit with his primary care provider early last year.
“I always thought I was prediabetic,” said Brennan, who previously had knee replacements in both knees and weighed over 300 pounds when he received the news. “I had to accept I was a diabetic first.”