Fall off the health food wagon? Erase your history
- Mel’s weekly product pick:
- Mel’s weekly recipe pick:
Buttery Almond Flour Bread
“We all need to be blind sometimes in order to see”
~ Jon Bon Jovi
Although Jon Bon Jovi was referring to the importance of keeping an open mind in order to experience the most life has to offer, I took something different away from his brilliant advice:
Sometimes we need to turn a blind eye to our past attempts at healthy living.
Play along with me…
Think back to the very last time you attempted to make a change in your eating habits. Maybe you were scared into it by an unexpected diagnosis, like diabetes, or perhaps you finally got tired of being sick and tired and decided to do something about it.
Now I want you to revisit the moment you gave up and returned back to your old, unsupportive food choices. For example, you went out to dinner with a few friends at your favorite Mexican restaurant. You started with a margarita, follow it up with a basket of chips and salsa, then topped it off with a taco salad (sour cream, cheese, beef…the works!) in an oversized fried shell, and ended with another margarita. You woke up the next day feeling so awful (and hungover) about yourself that you threw in the towel. You are back where you started, only worse! Now your self-esteem is really in the crapper and you are convinced you don’t have what it takes to do this…after all, history has proven it so!
Now, here’s what I want you to do:
- Turn a blind eye.
- Forget about it.
- Pretend it never happened.
- Erase your history.
In fact, I want you to close your eyes and pretend you are one of those toy drawing boards with a built-in eraser. You know, the one with the knob that you slide to the right and your drawing magically disappears. Whatever just happened, use your magic eraser to wipe your slate clean.
Next I want you to view this moment forward as if you have no history with food—no past diets gone wrong or failed attempts to make healthier choices. You are like a newborn baby seeing and experiencing food for the first time.
Yes, you really CAN do this…it’s called the power of your mind.
Look, I’m not denying that old habits tend to linger around, waiting for a vulnerable moment when they can sneak back and sabotage your efforts.
Habits are real.
Habits are comfortable.
Habits have roots.
Speaking of roots, did you know that oversaturated soils cause the roots of even the strongest trees to die? Not only that, once the roots die, the remaining live roots will grow too near the soil surface, resulting in instability. What on earth does this have to do with you? Over time you can weaken your unsupportive habits, pluck them out, and dispose of them along with the weekly grass clippings! 🙂
How do you do this? By saturating them with better habits! I mean really drown those stubborn little suckers.
For example, you are well aware that your health would improve by leaps and bounds if you could just get a handle on overeating at dinner. Drown this unsupportive habit with these three strategies:
- Plug in a pre-dinner snack of raw veggies and hummus and drink down a 16-ounce glass of lemon water. Many of us go to the dinner table overly hungry and then overeat to compensate. If lunch is at noon and dinner at 6:00, you run the risk of overindulging if you don’t settle your hunger a bit before sitting down to eat.
- Eat dinner on a smaller plate.
- When you’re done eating, immediately put your shoes on and take a walk around the block for some fresh air and exercise. The dishes can wait.
Hit REPEAT on this dinnertime ritual until you can loosen the decaying habit of overeating and yank it out like a dead root!
Mel’s weekly food pick:
Rich and creamy Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter is made from the milk of cows that have never been treated with antibiotics or hormones, and have been almost entirely grass-fed. This means more omega-3 fatty acids for you!
Because of its lower water content and higher amount of butterfat, Kerrygold boasts a more “buttery” flavor than your average run-of-the-mill butter.
For higher quality you can actually taste, use it for cooking, baking, or as a spread on your favorite bread. Try this week’s recipe for Buttery Almond Flour Bread, which uses Kerrygold butter both in the recipe and on the final product… what’s bread without butter?