As a “coach,” you might think working out & making healthy choices is easy for me. I wish that was true. My toughest health obstacle has to do with my eating.
I’m an athlete at heart & love to train, but I also love to eat. If you also have some challenges with your eating, I want to ask you 6 QUESTIONS about your past food experiences:
Have you ever eaten too much, felt guilty & asked “Why did I just do that?”
Have you ever found it difficult to stop eating until your plate is empty?
Do you ever eat so fast you didn’t notice the taste or texture of the food?
Do you find yourself snacking at work because food is there?
Do you find yourself eating for entertainment, out of emotion or boredom?
Is your family or social life centered around food or drink consumption?
If you answered “yes” to any of the QUESTIONS above, you are just like me. I have been guilty of eating too much, thinking I can work it off, & eating for entertainment. I realized I have some ways of thinking that create challenges with my eating. Maybe you do too.
This QUESTION can be a powerful tool for you, here it is: “AM I FEEDING MY BODY OR MY MIND?”
The answer could set you free. Asking this QUESTION before every meal helps to:
1. Take & eat less food
2. To leave something on my plate
3. Know that not having seconds is ok
4. Stop you from eating past full
Pretty simple huh? The effective strategy is to ask, answer & adapt to THE QUESTION. Ask before every meal & decide if you are feeding your mind. Answering honestly will clarify whether the food choice, the amount of food, & the timing of the food is right for your body.
Be honest, at this point you know what is & is not good for your body & when you need to eat. Fruits, Vegetables, Lean Meats, Water. Use the QUESTION, so your mind doesn’t give you permission to act ignorant. Start there!
Food is a drug. Like people who have overcome drug addictions still face challenges every day, they work their plan to stay clean by using effective strategies to avoid bad habits & take it one day at a time. For your challenges with food, take ONE MEAL at a time.
The QUESTION ultimately helps you to coach yourself.
So is it ever ok to feed my mind? Of course. Call it a cheat meal, or a treat, but on this journey, feeding your mind is ok, just try not to frequently & completely overdose when you do. Daily giving yourself permission to allow your mind to destroy your body is not ok.
If you like to eat out socially, box up half of the plate & save some for later or share a plate.
Want ice cream? Have a small cone.
Whatever you choose when treating your mind, don’t’ forget to ask the QUESTION. Yes it’s that simple. Test it & see for yourself though.