Start this year with more instead of less
At the start of every year it is tradition to reflect on what has happened in the last year and make goals for the next.
Lets be honest.... usually one of these goals has something to do with food!
We all have habits, guilty pleasures, even occasional splurges that we feel we should do without.... But what if this year we focused on giving ourselves more instead of less!
Here is how I usually hear people starting the new year: In Year ____ I'm going to eat less french fries, chocolate, peanut butter, pasta, (insert your favorite guilty pleasure) and so on and so forth.
This is what I call a restrictive plan.... which to me means- A plan that will eventually read as a punishment to my brains pleasure center. which means- I will begin to think I am torturing myself. which means- I will want to be set free and rebel from the horrible dictator.... oh wait thats me... now I feel guilty for not obeying the wonderful ruler.... but to be honest maybe the dictator has gone a little crazy... so just one bit wont be bad.... well there goes a whole box of Oreos.....
So, let 2015 be the year where you give yourself more instead of less!
Here is how:
Instead of training your brain to feel like it can't have something, let it have more of something good:
Example: In 2015 I will eat more naturally sweet foods, this way I can please my sweet tooth ( I think I have like 24 of those) while providing my body with beneficial nutrients. So not only will my mind be happy but my tummy on the inside and out!
This is a way that we can create new neural pathways in our brain, that will change the way we think without us having to think about it! Kinda crazy and cool at the same time right. (if you have questions about this contact me and we can talk more about it)
By giving yourself something to start off the year you will be more excited to start it as opposed to dreading the day when you STOP doing something that, lets be honest, your brain thinks is a reward....
You have to train your brain to shrink your belly!
In 2015 I will give my body what it needs!
The truth is.... I am Guilty! I LOVE food.... Like a lot! always have. Even when I was a kid, you could sit there and see the difference between my brother and I. He did not like food, and was forced to finish his plate. Me on the other hand lets just say that was rarely a problem. And to this day it rarely is.
So how do I deal? Well, it has taken me a LOOOONNNGGGG time and many lessons. I have been on soooo many strict diets, no diary, no cheese, no this, no that, Paleo, "Clean eating", you name it, I have probably tried it.... well except gluten free because you know what, I love bread! and that is where I drew the line.
Okay, I have to be honest, I even tried not eating much of that at times, but you know what happened, I was miserable, and more out of shape then ever!... did I mention I was working out twice a day! CRAZY RIGHT!
So here is my confession:
I LOVE FOOD and
I have learned that having a healthy mind is more important than a healthy diet!
I eat what I want!
I never SKIP a meal.
and I drink plenty of beer! or wine... I like that too.
You might think I am lying but I want you to listen closely so that you can understand the truth.
Ever wonder why you meet people who seem like they eat what they want and are more fit then you....
Immediately you start to assume or even accuse them of things...
they must workout a ton... like all the time, they must not eat a lot when alone, or even going as extreme as thinking they have a disorder.
what a horrible way to feel about others..... not that you don't want the best for them but come on... it can't be healthy... you are healthy and thats not you...
I know this because that was me.
But you want to know their secret....
and I didn't believe it for a long time...
Their secret is MODERATION and positive mentality.
THEY DON'T STRESS.
THEY DON'T RESTRICT
THEY DON'T PUNISH THEMSELVES
They strive to be healthy not skinny... and that is the key
(now I have to clarify there are people out there that do have health and mental issues, and should address those issues, but what I am discussing here is about inner reflection, I may discuss other eating issues at another point but not in this blog)
Once I stopped worrying about everyone else, every other diet, and every calorie, I began to listen to my body.
Thinking of food in terms of fuel. And recognizing when I wasn't fueling my body and just eating for enjoyment.
while doing so learned about how my body uses different food types.
And to recognize when I am tasting something as opposed to consuming nutrients.
Now I know how to control and guid my goals. Right now I am not in the best shape I could be, but I know this because I make the choice to ignore my body sometimes and go for that extra cookie because part of my balance is letting my mind feel relaxed about what I eat when I am not training for something specific.
Another way to think of food is... if you restrict so much that you get around junk food and you cant get enough even though you know your blood will feel like glue, your heart will race and your head will pound, you do not have a healthy mind... so even if you have the healthiest diet your mind will not be healthy and that is where we find the Yo-Yo effect of dieting.
SO Yes I am guilty of eating un healthy, but now I don't have to worry that I will go on a rampage and murder an entire box of cookies.... I mean their have been Oreos and Chocolate bars in my house non-stop and they have not been demolished in a fit of.... "I better just eat these all now so they wont tempt me later" mental madness.
I am guilty of finding a balanced life.