Yo Yo dieting has become so common for so many people. Research suggests that many females spend up to 30 years of their lives on diets. Whilst we are on a diet we often manage to stick to them and as a result we loose weight.The problem arises when we go back to normal and often put even more back on than we lost on the diet. Deprivation seems to be the worst thing we can do to our bodies because once we allow ourselves those foods again we seem to lose control.
Whilst we are on a diet we can become obsessed by food. Thinking about things we want but that we can’t have. Measuring and weighing everything that we eat, only having things that we tell ourselves we are allowed. This really impacts on the way our mind works and means that our thoughts on food get distorted. Every time we long for something we are reinforcing the thought in our mind that this is what we really want and we then get cravings for the thing that we are seeking to avoid.
Rather than telling our selves that certain foods are not allowed we need to look at our approach to food and the patterns that our eating habits follow. Once we understand our own personal pitfalls we can see them before they happen and in time learn to avoid them.
One of my worst habits is standing up and eating. I don’t do this when I have a meal but often when I decide to have a snack. Typically this happens when I get in from work or in from a night out.
This afternoon I had my nephew and niece round and we were all were enjoying rice cakes topped with almond butter and jam. Absolutely my new favourite combo, a really healthy snack but still something I don’t want to overdo. I was preparing the rice cakes for the kids and handing them out and then returning to the work surface to get the next one ready. Whilst I was doing this I was eating them myself. I lost track of how many i’d had because I was distracted by what I was doing. Mindless.
Now, if I had been more mindful I would have got them ready for everyone and then we could have all sat at the table and eaten them together. This would have been more sociable and more enjoyable and we would have experienced the taste sensation all the more. I could have estimated how many I would want – say 4 and then I would have avoided that ‘just one more’ trap. This is such an easy trap to fall into, often only ending when the packet runs out and we are left with no alternative but to stop.
So before you start your next snack try this…
1) Decide what you want to eat and how much you want to eat.
2) Prepare your food and don’t start eating whilst you are doing this.
3) Sit down to eat and enjoy what you are eating fully by chewing slowly and focusing on what you are eating.
There is no need to deprive yourself of what you really want, no need to starve yourself. Just making a clear decision about what you are going to have and how much of it you want puts you back in control. The best thing is that this method can help anyone what ever you eat. If you want to change the things you eat this method will help you because you are making clear decisions and if you already eat well you can apply this to help you achieve your health and weight loss goals by fine tuning the quantities you consume.
When you feel in control of your health you will feel great about yourself and when you see the weight loss that results you will be committed to continuing with your new mindful eating habits. Come on a revitalise Day to learn more about mindful eating.