Think back to your last social gathering. What was the first thing you noticed upon arrival? Was it the food? How many times did you revisit the table bursting with all of the mouthwatering, enticing food options? Finally, ask yourself this, “Do you really know how to control your eating?”
The Power of the Mind
Every word we speak and action we take stems back to our mind. Yes, our mind controls our thoughts about food, how much food we eat, and how we feel about our food choices afterwards.
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Go back to that last social gathering you visualized a moment ago. Did you at any moment think that you deserved to indulge in the plethora of food offered because it was a celebration? Or perhaps your last social gathering didn’t make you feel happy, but instead made you feel anxious, which made you eat and/or drink more.
All of our food choices steam back to our mind, both our conscious and subconscious minds. Our conscious mind contains all of those thoughts in our immediate awareness. Our subconscious mind, however, contains all of those thoughts we are not immediately aware of, but could pull out if needed.
Starting as children, our relationship with food is being developed, both consciously and subconsciously. For myself, as early as fourth grade I can recall a time in which I had an unhealthy relationship associated with food.
Diets Don’t Work
Before you start defending yourself and telling me how the only way for you to lose weight is through dieting, let me ask you this, “How many diets have you been on throughout your lifetime?” If the answer is more than one, then this proves that diets don’t work.
The diet mentality is one in which tells us what we can’t eat and what we have to eat. The diet mentality is also a temporary one that may work for a period of time, but has proven to fail over the long haul. Finally, diets come and go in fads, much like the clothes we wear.
Too often, overweight individuals seek out the latest diet to help them achieve the weight loss they so desperately desire without ever doing the work that really matters; the work that starts in the mind. Our mind controls our thoughts about food, which in turn controls what we eat.
Controlling Your Eating
I wholeheartedly believe that there is hope and that with the right knowledge, you can learn to control your eating. First, know that you are not alone. According to the CDC, over 70 percent of American adults are overweight or obese. Individuals do not become overweight or obese because they have a healthy relationship with food. You, therefore, are not alone in your struggle to control your eating.
Second, know your triggers. Take a moment to think back to all of the times you have found yourself overindulging and write all of these moments down. For example, perhaps you overindulge at Thanksgiving, your company parties, late at night when you feel stressed, bored while mindlessly watching TV, etc. Once you have identified these triggers to your overindulgence, then you can begin to outsmart these high-risk situations.
Third, get informed and get support. Sign up for my free “Ditch the Diet Mentality” masterclass where I will take participants from serial dieter to freed LTWC (long term weight conqueror). This masterclass is for you if you have you tried every diet known to man, the “yo-yo” lifestyle is wearing you out, and/or you’re ready to ditch the diet mentality once and for all! Together, we can control our eating once and for all!
*The term “eating disorder” is often misconstrued to only mean those who suffer from anorexia or bulimia. This, however, is not the case. Someone who suffers from an “eating disorder” is one who has irregular eating habits, either inadequate or excessive food intake, which can ultimately damage an individual’s well-being (source). Want to know if you have an eating disorder? Take the free eating disorder self assessment below.