The 4th of July is past (I hope you had a good one!) and you’ve probably been to plenty of summer fun events… with lots of food. Summer holidays and vacations are here. What our childhood brains are programmed for is ROADTRIP!!! JUNKFOOD!!! BACKYARD PARTYYYY!!!!
- Do you overindulge?
- If so, how does it affect you?
- How to you feel about yourself afterwards?
I can’t speak for other countries, but one of the things we Americans do that can really make one “crazy” – for lack of a more sophisticated term – is how we talk about food, eat food, aren’t conscious of food and waste food. In order to really enjoy food and feel good about what you eat and what it’s doing for, not “to” your body is to consciously do some decluttering of your thoughts about food and eating.
ENJOY AND LOVE YOUR FOOD
The bottom line is, as the hot summer winds blow, start loving food. Yes, love your food, appreciate and be grateful for it and your body that is eating, enjoying and profiting from it’s “fuel” energy. Don’t just eat lots of food to eat it, for the immediate gratification. That’s how we get into problems with bad decisions, unnecessary calories, fat and additives.
8 WAYS TO ORGANIZE AND TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR SUMMER EATING HABITS
Here are the “rules” to become more conscious, plan ahead, take care of yourself better and learn to love your food and enjoy yourself a little more this summer around eating:
1. MAKE A PLAN
When you buy food, plan ahead and don’t let yourself go on autopilot and trance out, bringing home food you “shouldn’t” have, or that your family and all “bodies” concerned don’t need.
Example: A customer in a grocery store, a woman I don’t know, was looking at high calorie food, saw me come around the corner and said with a laugh, “Oh, I should never go shopping when I’m hungry, I buy the stupidest things!” I replied, “Just say no!” It made her stop and think.
2. BE CONSCIOUS ABOUT YOUR EATING AND CONVERSATIONS ABOUT YOU AND IT
Whatever you choose to eat from now on, you can’t talk about it negatively, even in jest.
Example: “Oh, I’m going to order chocolate pie, but you know what it’s going to do to my waist!” This will test your routine, programmed and unconscious conversations with others. It’s harder than you think.
3. PLAN AHEAD
Take control. Let protein help you out of low-sugar bad decisions. Eat before you go shopping, and before you go to an event where you will be around food. Or, grab an individually wrapped cheese stick and eat it while shopping, remembering to pay for it before you leave. :) Don’t set yourself up for bad decisions that you’ll regret.
4. CHOOSE THE BEST FOODS FOR YOUR BEST OUTCOME
If you want to eat something, don’t keep thinking about it. Either eat it, in moderation or go for it, or change the focus of your thoughts, stop thinking about it or leave the table or area where the food is staring at you.
Example: “I’ve been thinking about eating chips all day, it’s driving me crazy!” Well, if you’re saying that out loud long enough, you’re driving everyone else crazy too! You can buy 1-3oz. bags of chips and sate your craving. You don’t need to buy the 100 oz. biggie-size-my-butt-bag and then complain about that for another couple of years! (I don’t support you in eating any chips, but you get the point!) If you’re going to eat something like chips, then find the highest quality, organic and healthy, and eat a little.
5. CHANGE YOUR OLD STORY ABOUT YOUR BODY – LOVE YOURSELF NO MATTER WHAT
Stop talking about your weight, “fat”, cholesterol, calories and any other related topic. Eat or don’t eat. Think ahead: be wiser, buy, shop and order wiser. We all know what to do – it’s in the doing. X-calories a day + X-minutes of exercise = where you are now and where you’ll be in the future. Pretty simple! No, not easy, but simple.
Watch your language about yourself… and others. No more putting yourself down. No more self- or other- criticism, even in jest. Your body hears everything you say and takes it VERY seriously.
Example: “I will never lose this weight.” “I feel so fat all the time.” Also, let others know that it’s no longer okay to put you down or joke about your physical appearance. Remember this: We teach people how to treat us. Don’t laugh at their jokes about you or themselves or anyone. It’s not funny, it picks at your spirit until your self-worth quits fighting. You can say, “stop,” no matter how they feel about it.
6. TELL YOURSELF THE TRUTH
Tell yourself the truth, and then live with it. OUCH!
Yes, we rarely really want to see ourselves as the self-deceiving and creative people that we are. There’s nobody “out there” with a tally card. It’s just you and your body and your health. If you tell yourself the truth, what will you hear?
Example: “The truth is, I’m afraid to lose weight because I won’t feel in control and safe.” This is a pretty common feeling and thought by women.
7. LOVE YOUR FOOD - IT SHOULDN’T SCARE YOU
Love every morsel of food you eat and enjoy every morsel of food you love!
Example: “Oh, I love strawberries and cream.” “I just so love garlic bread!” Enjoy food. It’s here for us to enjoy. No “tags” to the back of your joy statement like, “but…”. Nope, just stop at your enjoyment.
8. LOVE YOURSELF TODAY AND EVERY TODAY
Love yourself. No matter how you look, love yourself. Start any change from where you are, one new positive conscious choice at a time. Or not! Either way, love yourself. In fact, fall madly in love with yourself this summer. See how your life, thoughts, beliefs, habits and life around food start changing naturally. Why? Because what we resist persists. What you put out comes back like a boomerang. Just love.
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