𝐈𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮’𝐫𝐞 𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐨 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐢𝐬 𝐮𝐧𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡𝐲 𝐢𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐢𝐧 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐲.
𝘙𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘪𝘯.
We know our daily Starbucks addiction isn’t getting us closer to our weight loss goal, but we continue to cling to that habit.
Because in some way it’s serving you.
Whether it’s your morning wake up jolt.
The one reward you treat yourself with.
Or the one time you feel warm and cozy all day.
It has a purpose and in order to get to the bottom of how to change that behavior we need to first figure out how it is serving you.
Then we can start to seek to gain that same benefit in some other, healthier way.
We’re very quick to judge ourselves for doing the things we shouldn’t be, but it’s rare we actually stop to look at why they’re actually serving us.
When we choose observation over judgment we can start to make positive steps towards actually changing the not so positive behaviors that are serving us in some way.
Little mindset hack for your Tuesday and reminder to show yourself compassion and grace instead of constant grit, judgment and negativity.
𝘋𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘯 𝘶𝘯𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩𝘺 𝘩𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶’𝘳𝘦 𝘤𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰? 𝘈𝘯𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘯 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘪𝘵 𝘮𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘣𝘦 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘺𝘰𝘶?
Have you ever had that food that you just can’t seem to control yourself around?
You do well all day and your nighttime sugar fix is your weakness?
You can’t keep M & Ms in the house cause you’ll eat the whole bag?
You know a jar of peanut butter never lasts long because you’re supposed to be an adult, but you’re eating the jar with a fork for dinner on a Tuesday?
Want to know one of my favorite hacks to help my clients “gain control” around these foods?
Foods in fact, they typically deem “off limits”, “bad” or feel like they can’t keep in the house…
Actually eat them.
Now I know that sounds crazy, and trust me that doesn’t have to mean that you’re ready just yet to grab a handful of m&m’s from the bag in the pantry, but here’s what I want you to try doing:
- STOP labeling your foods as good or bad. Foods are just food. Some are better for our bodies and some are better for our souls, but they are literally just nutrients we consume.
- Allow yourself to have these foods in a manner that you can feel more in control around them.
We can do this in a few ways:
For some it’s consuming them at a time when you feel more in control of your choices. Maybe this means adding some chocolate chips in your morning oatmeal because you rarely overeat early in the day. Or, adding your chips to the end of your very filling lunch salad packed with protein and fiber for lunch so you feel more satisfied.
For others, it’s going and purchasing a single serving of your favorite food one day at a time, or going out for that food (like ice cream) instead of keeping it in the house, until you build up more confidence around that food.
Reality is, the more we actually normalize the foods we claim to “struggle” with the more in control we’ll feel around them, BUT one of the biggest things I’ve learned is we need to do it in the approach that’s right for you.
Because reality is, if you told me to just intuitively eat from a bag of peanut butter cups in my cabinet, they’d be gone in a day. So for me, the best approach may be to get a single serving of peanut butter cups every day for two weeks. Most likely, by the end of the two weeks I may not even want it.
When it comes to weight loss…
Mindset matters. Habits matter. The stories we tell ourselves matter.
Let’s focus on normalizing all foods. Removing the judgment and giving ourselves grace. I’m working on it too, wanna join me?!