Are you “attracted” to your food?
I’ve said it before- as humans, we do not like to be told we can’t have something (French fries, cookies, chocolate, etc.) or that we can only have so much of something (calories, ounces, servings, etc.) Funny, isn’t this exactly what we look for when choosing a diet? Give me limits! Forbid me of my favorite foods please! We ask for limits, however when we restrict calories or put the proverbial “Red X” on our favorite foods (or on any food for that matter), our natural reaction is to rebel and eat more! We even find ourselves dreaming of the forbidden “Red X” fruit. It becomes, well, sexy.
This might seem like such an inconsequential point, but it is the core of any life-long quest for wellness. Just like sex, food is power. But it doesn’t have to be. It becomes power when we see it as bad or forbidden. Be careful of your food language. Do you speak in terms of scarcity or abundance? As soon as you utter any of these words you automatically place food on a pedestal and assign it power:
- “Don’t eat ___________”
- “Eat only ___________”
- “Limit yourself to ______________”
Your brain processes these statements as negative and when that happens…watch out! You will soon transition to rebel-mode and find yourself obsessing over the food like a sexed up stalker. You don’t mean to; You can’t help it!
When you focus on abundance, a whole new world unfolds:
- “Eat at least 2 cups of vegetables each day”
- “Find a way to fit in a serving or two of fruit each day”
- “Eat oatmeal!”
- “Eat chocolate!”
You are giving yourself freedom to eat, not imposing restrictions on what or how much you should eat. Do you see the difference?
The journey to a fit body begins with your level of health esteem. Do you believe you are worthy of good health? Do you believe you can achieve it? Be kind to yourself. Watch your self-talk. Shift your thinking to abundance instead of scarcity and you will find that food really isn’t that sexy after all!