All of us have habits, some of them not so pleasant. The good thing about habits is that they can be changed in just two weeks! For instance, are you a nail biter, or a junk-food addict, or Netflix binge-watcher? These are all things I can definitely put my hand up for doing in the past (among many others!). I can honestly say that I don’t have these habits in my life anymore, living proof that habits CAN be broken! It’s the time of year when we want to better ourselves in starting off the new year well. Perfect timing to find out some ways to kick your bad habits to the curb!
The holiday season is fast upon us, which means we’re suddenly at endless social gatherings where we’re surrounded by an amazing array of food temptations which are difficult to resist- especially when it might be a whole year before we can enjoy egg nog, Christmas pudding or rum balls again. It can lead us to feeling like we just have to eat ALL THE FOOD, because this is the only chance we’re going to have for another 12 months.
However, this fear of missing out can lead us to eat more food, even though we’re already full, stuffing ourselves silly, and basically ignoring all the cues from our body to only eat when we are hungry and to stop once we’ve had enough.
Almost everyone experiences cravings at some time or another. While sometimes our cravings can seem to overtake our rational thoughts and make us want to eat foods that we know are not good for us, they are not always a bad thing to be scared of.
What is your body really need when a craving hits? Find out the physical and emotional signals that are sent by your body as a craving that needs to be met.
There are many emotional associations we have with food- positive and negative. When we eat because we are bored, lonely or tired we are triggered by our feelings and not physical hunger. Learning to be mindful, to deal with our emotions and connect with food in a positive way to support our mood can break the cycle of feeding our emotions.
That expression “do everything in moderation” has been around forever, but how hard is it to actually live a life of moderation? For most of us who are trying overcome binge-eating or emotional eating, moderation seems nothing but elusive, right?
There is a constant cycle of excess then deprivation, then excess again. We will deprive ourselves of food we love, or cut our whole food groups which we worry will trigger us to binge, or embark on extreme exercise, or drink ourselves into oblivion. It seems we are trapped between two extremes where there is no middle ground- it is black or white, with no grey area where moderation exists.
Of course, living our lives on either end of the spectrum is unhealthy- not just for our body and mind, but for our souls. We should be able to eat comfort foods occasionally, and really enjoy those foods without any guilt. We should be able to have a couple of drinks a few times a week without becoming drunk. We should be able to exercise so that it feels good and allows our body enough to time to rest and recover and not be injured.
So, what’s the trick to being able to eat, drink and exercise in moderation most of the time rather than taking an all or nothing approach? Mastering motivation requires practicing these six things regularly. When you do, it becomes easier to avoid the extremes and excesses and it’s then possible to reach a state of equilibrium that is healthy as well as enjoyable.
What I want you to know, is that it IS possible to stop this reckless cycle of over-eating and bingeing- for good. And, it really isn’t that hard to do with some simple shifts in the way you think in your relationship with food
There are so many reasons why we binge eat. Sometimes the idea of eating a whole jar of peanut butter is just too irresistible. Or perhaps the delicious dinner you have just eaten was too good not to have third helpings of.
It can sometimes be a feeling of sadness or loss of control in some area of our life that leads us to mindlessly eating a whole packet of Oreos or Pringles, perhaps in an attempt to feed our emotions rather than feeling them.
Whatever the reason, the outcome is often the same at the end. A feeling of disgust, guilt, shame. It can be scary when you feel like you have lost complete control of you mind and actions, but I assure you that you’re not going crazy and that with some practice, it is possible to reign-in the binge-eating patterns. Follow these 9 tips to put an end to binge eating once and for all!
When we focus on feeding our bodies- but not our souls- then it’s really difficult to break out of emotional eating patterns, to stop feeling guilty around food, and it’s almost impossible to feel happy in our skin. The secret tool is using a special kind of healing of the mind and body which I will discuss in this blog post.
Honouring your hunger is about recognizing what happens internally before you get hungry. Instead of waiting until you’re so hungry that you could eat an entire house, you start to tune in to the internal signals that your body is ready that it’s needing nourishment. Learning how to do this is key to successful intuitive eating.