You’ve planned your meals, saved tons of recipes on Pinterest, talked about logging your food on MyFitnessPal, but so far that’s all you’ve managed to do. How do you take thinking about a healthy eating plan from the planning stage to ACTION?
Have you ever noticed that there are some things you can just decide to stop – or start – doing and you just do it? Like, right away, no looking back, decided and DONE. But in some areas of life, you keep saying you’re going to do it, starting, and quitting over and over and over? What’s the difference?
We all have stories we tell ourselves about who we are, how the world works, what we are capable of, what other people think of us, and on and on. Most of these stories are just that – stories. Not truth. These old ways of thinking may have been handed down from a parent, a negative childhood experience, or a snide comment from a coworker. Stories like…
“Everyone in my family is overweight”
“I’ve always eaten like this, too late to change now”
“I just have a slow metabolism”
“I have no willpower”
“I’m such a pig”
Wherever these stories come from, if they aren’t serving you they have to go. It doesn’t matter if you’ve always thought this way, you have the power to change at any moment. But how?
Just like it takes practice to improve your cooking skills or your golf swing, positive thinking takes practice. Daily affirmations, meditation, and positive messages posted on your mirror are all powerful ways to help retrain your brain. If you have negative thought patterns around eating and your self image, changing these patterns will change SO much more than just your ability to improve your nutrition. When you feel better, you do better, and that will affect your personal, professional, and social life. If this is a big issue for you, there are a lot of great books that can help. Here are a few of my favorites.
So what does all of this have to do with changing your eating habits? Negative thoughts about ourselves and our ability to change can sabotage the best laid plans. No matter how many recipes you have on your clean eating Pinterest board, you’ll never be able to commit to shopping, preparing, and eating these meals unless you recognize that you are worth the investment. If you spend the rest of your life believing that you are a victim of your genes and that being overweight is your destiny, you will never muster up the discipline it takes to commit to a new lifestyle. If you continue to fall for the lie that it’s too late for you to change, you will waste your opportunity to improve your quality of life by upgrading your nutrition.
Every choice you make falls in line with your core beliefs. If the beliefs you have about yourself tell you that eating fast food and sitting on the couch all evening is all you deserve, change will be impossible. But if you’ll upgrade your internal self talk and really start believing that your body is the vehicle that will carry you through the rest of your life and it deserves to be honored with nourishing foods that increase its health and vitality, that drive through burger and coach potato time no longer lines up with your values. You deserve better.