A Message From Lesley
Do you need to retrain your brain?
Do you sometimes eat even when you’re not really hungry? Can you tell the difference between being hungry and just wanting to eat?
- Are you sometimes concerned that you might not have an opportunity to eat? Do you ever have such thoughts as “What if I get hungry later?”
- Do you sometimes eat past the point of mild fullness?
- Do you fool yourself about your eating?
- Do you comfort yourself with food?
- If the scales go up, do you sometimes abandon your diet altogether?
- Do you sometimes eat because it doesn’t feel fair that you can’t eat just like everyone else?
- Do you stop dieting as soon as you’ve lost weight?
“It’s not fair that I can’t eat what I want like everyone else” Ultimately, eating well is your decision “I can eat what I want, when I want, or I can be slimmer and healthier but I can’t have it both ways”.
Always Sit Down
Standing you will tell yourself it doesn’t count – only eating when sitting down has to become a lifelong habit!
Don’t Eat When You Feel Emotional
Often we eat because we feel sad, bored or angry and none of us are happy all the time, what matters is how you respond – distract yourself otherwise as soon as you have finished eating, you still have to deal with the problem that made you upset and on top of that you feel worse for giving into temptation!
Don’t Fear Hunger
Hunger is normal – learn to differentiate between hunger and the desire to eat – do you buy food because you’re worried about running out later, ask yourself “What’s the worst that could happen?”
Give Yourself Credit
People think “It doesn’t matter if I eat that just this once”, I’ll make up for it later”. But it does matter and it matters every single time. It’s not just the calories, it’s the habit. Each time you refrain from eating the foods you are not supposed to, you are strengthening yourself control muscle.
Each time you resist temptation, give yourself credit for your decision. One of the most difficult sabotaging thoughts is “I can’t do this, it’s too hard”. Develop faith in your ability to resist temptation, to make good decisions about what to eat and to return to normal eating if you stray.
I called this January Message – Retrain Your Brain – I hope this has given you food for thought!!