Have you ever noticed that the exact millisecond you decide it's time to take control of your life and "eat healthy," you suddenly HAVE to have all your favorite foods like RIGHT NOW? Scarcity mindset can morph you into a stage 5 clinger (even... no especially to - food) if you're not careful.
How do you overcome this feeling that all will be lost if you choose a salad just this once? The answer is simple. Logic. Start holding this logical conversation with yourself every time you reach for a snack or meal. By simply asking yourself a few questions, you may find that you're not hungry, so much as you just need to drink some water, or get outside for some fresh air and change of scenery.
To begin, sit down and take 7 - 10 deep, slow breaths. When you've met yourself in the present moment, make your way through these questions. Be honest - you'll know if you're fibbing.
Am I actually hungry?
What’s the vitamin and mineral content in this snack/meal?
How much progress have I made on my hydration goal today? *You're aiming for 1/2 your body weight in ounces, right? That's what I thought... go fill up. ;)
Am I bored?
Am I looking for a distraction or an escape?
Am I stressed out?
How will I feel after eating this? Energetic, tired, bloated, guilty, satiated...?
How does this snack/meal benefit my bigger goals?
Do I have any preconceived judgements about this food? Do I innately believe that this is a "good" or "bad" food?
Am I at complete peace with where this food came from, and how it will nourish me? Am I secretly shaming myself?
Do I love this bite? Do I love this seventh bite?
Do I need to finish this to feel perfectly content? Or, will I be happy see someone else enjoy the rest, or to save some for later?
This quick and easy check in with yourself will help you identify:
If food is really what you want in this moment.
If you're eating for the wrong reasons and/or sabotaging your goals.
If you're giving yourself a stress response by harboring mixed feelings about what you're eating.
When you're satiated/satisfied and it's time to move on.
When we are not at peace with what we choose to eat, we induce an innate stress response that slows digestion, makes it difficult to assimilate nutrients, and ultimately hinders our metabolic ability.
Do you like the sound of that? I didn't think so. Choose to be at peace with how you nourish your body and morale. It's okay to indulge, especially when you're truly letting yourself enjoy it!
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Thanks for reading, make peaceful choices. :)