I was listening to local radio yesterday when I was driving and the DJ was talking about the diet she intended to go on in the new year. She was telling listeners (jokingly) that it was cheating to start before the 1st of January to try and get ahead!
So many people go on New Years Diets in the hope of becoming healthier and loosing a few pounds. The trouble is that lots of people do it every year and never get any lasting results. Mindfulness can really change things.
It seems that we are all driven by time frames and targets. It is so common to hear people saying at this time of year that that they want to loose a specific amount of weight and that they have a particular date that they will begin their diet on. People then tend to enter into weighing themselves to check whether they are meeting their targets.
All of these facts and figures can lead to problems…
If we know we have a particular day that we are starting our diet then this can lead to us overeating in advance because we know what is coming. Much better, in my view, to simply make healthy choices each time you eat. There is no need to wait to start this, it can begin right now. Yes, right now, even on New Years Eve. Whatever your plans just make choices you will be happy with. When you do this you will you will be right there living in the moment rather than worrying about the future.
Weighing yourself is never a good way to assess how you are doing with your diet. Just by drinking more water, which is amazingly good for you, you might gain pounds. At certain times of the month you might simply hold more water. By standing on the scales you risk a whole host of negative thoughts swamping your mind. There are many better ways to know how you are doing with your diet.
Do you feel good? When you make good food choices you have more energy. You feel more confident.
Are you pleased with yourself? If you make healthy choices you will feel a bit of a buzz as you go through your day knowing that you are treating your body well.
Do your clothes feel more comfortable? If we eliminate foods that make us bloated and uncomfortable very quickly we feel a bit slimmer.
Finally, be kind to yourself.
If you make a mistake don’t give up. Just make the next thing you eat better for you. If you overeat don’t feel down in the dumps. Simply recognise the negative thoughts that pass by and use these as your motivation to do better from now on. Always congratulate yourself for noticing when things go wrong. Only by being aware can you do anything to help improve your diet.
If you feel motivated to make your diet healthier then coming on a Revitalise Day is a great place to start. The food is amazing and healthy and the mindfulness techniques will mean you have much better self awareness. The next one is on 09 01 2016 so get started by getting in touch…soon!