One of the reason why people fall off the “diet” wagon is, because they don’t address their eating habits and believes. They can stick for a while to a certain diet, but then they want to go back to their old habits. Or they have followed their diet all week and now it is weekend and they need a treat. The treat being mostly something unhealthy. And the treat often ends in a cheat day, where all the forbidden foods are consumed with delight. Nobody can restrict themselves for too long without going back to the foods you love.
The foods you love are often the ones you have fond memories with, that started in childhood. The cola and crisps on the weekend. Chocolates on Sunday, ice cream on a sunny family day. Candies to keep you quiet, cookies because you have done something good. Pancakes, bread and butter, cheese, pasta, fries. It is often the combination of sweet and fat what makes us irresistible to food and we can’t stop eating. The food companies are well aware of that. They have invested a lot of money to get to that irresistible combination. Nobody thinks of broccoli as a treat or wants to chew on some brussels sprouts when they feel stressed or watch a movie.
You need to look at why are you eating. Are you really hungry because it has been 5 hours ago that you ate last? Or do you feel stressed and you need to eat something for release? Do you eat to numb yourself and not feel the pain of your life? Do you eat because you are upset? Are you tired? Food gives you energy but it also depletes you of energy, because digesting food is a heavy burden for the body. All energy goes to the digestion of food and you feel even more tired. So you eat a bit more.
If you recognize this behaviour it is important to stick to a regular eating pattern, spread out between 4 to 5 hours. In that way it is easier to detect if you are really hungry or that something is eating you. Knowing what triggers you is the start of changing your beliefs and habits.
Find other ways to deal with stress, like meditation, go for a walk, talk about it with your partner, exercise in stead of food. When you are tired, take a nap. Don’t eat mindlessly when watching TV. You don’t need popcorn to watch a movie. That is all programming.
The whole year is planned around eating food and snacks. It is New years Day and then it is Valentine’s day, Mother’s day, Pancake day, Easter, Father’s day, Summer and the holidays, Halloween, Xmas and I probably forgot a few. You are programmed all year long to eat junk and drink soda and alcohol. You see in on the TV, you see in the movies, on social media. Everyone does it, so you need to do it as well to fit into the tribe. Stop participating, it is hurting you.
There are other ways to be around your loved ones and have fun. You can say no to certain foods without being offensive or bring your own. Make your health a priority. Living your best life ever, starts with good health. Reprogram yourself into health.
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