- STOP — think before you eat. Imagine a stop sign prior to eating and allow yourself a moment to ask yourself a question: “Is this what I really want to eat right now?” If the answer is “no,” don’t eat it. . . Go and get the food you really want. I’m serious about this. There will be a LOT of health coaches who would not agree with me, but I know this works for my clients. So even if what you really want is a hot fudge sundae — just have it. Just be sure you are eating it mindfully, with purpose, and enjoying every mouthful. Eat slowly and purposefully. You will eat less and your brain will receive the satiety signal.
- Ask yourself “Am I feeling real physical hunger”? You can tell the difference fairly easily. You are probably hungry if: 1) your stomach is growling, 2) you haven’t eaten in several hours, 3) you start to feel crabby, lose focus and energy. That is physical hunger. If it is a craving, you will have answered “no” to these questions.
- Ask yourself “Who is reaching for this food?” This sounds strange, but it really works! We are all made up of different “selves” that make up our collective self. We bring emotions and experiences into our present life. Sometimes when a part of us is feeling neglected, say for example, you had a disturbing phone call with a friend and it brought up some bad feelings about a difficult relationshp you had in the past. Is that the part of you reaching for the food . . . is that “person” seeking comfort? Because the healthy self, the part of you that wants to lose weight [or simply feel better], have more energy, and look amazing really wants you to eat healthy. Once you identify “who” is reaching for the food reevaluate and then listen to the part of yourself who wants you to choose health.
Jennifer M Cross, MS, LPC, CHC is a licensed health counselor at www.CrossCounselingServices.com
www.loseitforlifenow.blog.com. She offers individual health coaching and behavioral health counseling for those struggling with distorted body image, eating disorders, or food addiction. She is a workshop presenter, health and wellness blogger, and owner of Cross Counseling Services, her private practice that teaches women to embrace their curves and live Health & Well — Today. Click here for your complimentary 30 minute phone consultation, because you deserve one conversation devoted specifically to your health and wellness.