One needs to look no further than the advertisements on billboards and television to know that Americans love food. One also need not look much further than any health report to know that America as a whole is struggling with her weight. If you are one of those people who are struggling with the pounds, there is a secret you must know if you are going to successfully lose weight. For any diet to work, you must change your mindset. No amount of cheerleading will help you. Without a decisive shift in your perception, any diet you try will fail. In order to avert that failure, here are some tips to change your perception of food.
1. You Control Food. It Does NOT Control You.
With that token of wisdom, let’s get back to the original point. There are many variations of “That is just the way I am.” In the case of food, perhaps you might perceive yourself as the “finisher of everyone’s left overs,” or maybe you think of food as a reward and tend towards bingeing. If you follow those perceptions with thinking that is just the way you are, change will be slow. Take charge of your life and understand that you decide the role food plays in your life. At the most fundamental level, food is simply sustenance for you to achieve whatever you want out of life. You can take it a step further and think of the enjoyment of good tasting food, but it is best to enjoy food from the perspective of quality.
2. Remember, You Are What You Eat
For some, it helps to think of food in a holistic manner. Whatever you are putting into your body is truly becoming a part of you. Ask yourself prior to consuming whatever food may be in front of you whether or not you really want that contributing to your body image.
3. Remove Emotional Connections with Food.
Here is another point for emotional eaters out there; I know this well because this is an issue with which I still struggle. The heart of emotional eating lies in the conditioned response to eat when certain emotions are present. This problem becomes all the greater when the consumption of food is associated with multiple emotions. Imagine, if you will, how worse off a person would be who associated sadness, anxiety, happiness, and celebration with eating as opposed to just one of these emotions. The real issue here is a lack of physical and emotional control. If you are an emotional eater like me, I recommend that you find a healthy, long-term diet plan and a support group. These two factors will help balance your physical and emotional needs. Staying on a diet will help you develop the self-control necessary to overcome your emotional eating.
Understanding the role of food in our lives is of critical importance when trying to change our perceptions of it. After having read this article, I hope you feel empowered to start making the changes in your perception of food necessary to create a healthy life for yourself. I have used these principles to lose almost one hundred pounds! I was an emotional eater who saw food as comfort. Taking the above steps really helped me, and I know they will help you too if you apply them.
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