▸Do you feel like food is controlling you?
▸Is food always on your mind?
▸Do you feel like you can’t stop once you start eating?
You are not alone!
Food has become obsession of modern world and common coping mechanism for stress, boredom, anxiety…..
Faulty childhood conditioning combined with evil food marketing led to high rate of obesity and food disorders ranging from anorexia to compulsive eating.
In this article I share some strategies on how to gain control over food, but I would like to point out that this can be very hard done alone.
Firstly, UNDERSTAND WHY YOU EAT.
Strangely enough, hunger is one of the least frequent reasons we eat! Some people don’t even know what hunger feels like. When you find yourself in the fridge even though you’ve recently eaten, stop yourself and try to figure out what is it that you feel or need, or what just happened and triggered the urge to eat.
I know this urge is often so automatic that we can’t put the finger down on the thought process or a trigger just before. It’s because it’s learnt response, so familiar that it has become a nasty, deep seated habit. Same like Pavlov’s dog.
So now you need some reprogramming, and it will take time. Just every time try to stop yourself and think of something different to do. The more often you break this ” eating when not hungry habit”, the weaker it becomes.
Secondly, LEGALIZE ALL THE FOOD.
Don’t feel deprives, rather weigh pros and cons, and make a conscious choice. Remember you can have that food another time if you want to. This skill , like any other, requires practice.
Thirdly, PRACTICE POSITIVE SELF TALK.
In my article on self-esteem I already spoke about that voice in our head and how it affects our decision making. Listen to that voice and if you notice negative talk like : ” You will never loose weight.” Or ” You are hopeless !” …… Recognize that voice and turn it into a positive version like : ” I know I can do this. ” or ” I can’t wait to start seeing results” …..