Many of us love food. For some it can be a lifelong struggle to get their eating habits in a healthy order.
The way we think controls how we eat. This opens up some really interesting possibilities in terms of helping ourselves with dietary issues.
It is important that we recognise that we are not our thoughts. Thoughts simply come and go. We should not identify ourselves by our thoughts.
If you often think about chocolate, for example, you may label yourself as a chocolate addict. This reinforces your thinking and makes it more likely that you will think about chocolate more and more and eat more and more of it.
If however, you can recognise that when a thought about chocolate pops into your head it is only a thought, then you have more choice. More freedom to do what you want to do. You can chose to have some chocolate or you can think through whether you are hungry or not. You can think what would be a good food choice.
If you make a good choice and you feel pleased with yourself this will begin the process of changing your thinking pattern. We can get caught up in a cycle of having the same thoughts and sometimes we need a little help to break the pattern.
One great way to alter your food patterns is to rule out added sugar. Sugar is added to almost all processed food including ready meals, cereals, sauces, drinks. Start reading labels in the supermarket and you’ll be surprised what it finds it’s way into.
It is perfectly possible to eat a really rich and healthy diet without added sugar. We then have to chose alternatives and can then look to natural products such as fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, and white meat and fish. This is the path to simple, yet delicious eating.
Some people enter into the world of medical intervention to physically stop themselves eating. A gastric band is the only way some people feel they can sort themselves out and avoid all of the health consequences that obesity brings.
Training the brain is a much less drastic step in terms of intervention an there is no health risk attached.
Hypnotherapists can now offer clients therapy to make them think that they have a gastric band. Rather than thinking of their stomach as the size of a melon they become convinced it is the size of an orange. Once their thought pattern has been change in this way they find themselves unable to over eat.
The power really is in the mind. Recognise that you are not your thoughts and you are half way there. You are back in control of your eating and can chose for yourself the rules you want to follow. When you start to see amazing results you’ll perhaps make a decision to add some new rules. Maybe you’ll address sugar first and then later start to think about the fats you want to exclude.
A revitalise day will really set you on the path to developing freedom of thought. You’ll also have the chance to eat some delicious health food. It will certainly give you pause of thought, and food for thought.