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You’ve heard the age-old saying, you are what you eat right? It really is true. And it’s so much more that just how we look on the outside.
What you put in your body has a direct impact on everything in your life. Your energy, your relationships, your work and how you do life in general.
How can you live your best life when you’re feeling slow, sluggish and tired all the time? And most people don’t relate health issues directly to their food. They resign themselves to the fact that that’s just the way it is. It doesn’t have to be.
We’re living in a world where the food industry is constantly marketing to us. But what’s marketed to us are mass produced options that are intended to make money for corporations rather than focusing on what really is good to put in our bodies. Big corporations advertise that they know what’s best for us when it comes to food and cooking.
Unfortunately, that’s really nowhere close to the truth.
We simply haven’t taken the time to learn otherwise. Industry ‘food’ is chemically processed with additives that are used to purposefully make us crave it – usually sugar and salt. And when we crave it, we get addicted despite the fact that we know it’s may not be the best for us. To a point that it’s actually killing us. Obesity, diabetes, and heart disease are all illness that has skyrocketed in North America over the years and research shows it’s directly related to our diet and lifestyle. The hardest pill to swallow is that it’s all preventable.
Then there’s the other extreme; the health food industry.
Where food becomes an obsession to count calories and be on strict diets just so we can look a certain way. It’s just not sustainable. And again another thing that wreaks havoc on our bodies when we’re constantly starving and restricting our bodies in order to live up to an unrealistic standard.
To put it mildly, we’re confused in an industry that’s potentially quite toxic to our health. And when we’re confused it’s really easy to resign ourselves to what’s being pushed at us and then using it as a way to numb ourselves. We numb ourselves to avoid difficult situations. We numb ourselves to distract what’s going on inside and feeling all of those natural human emotions.
You know that time when you ate a whole a carton of ice cream in one sitting? Or you ate a whole pizza without even really tasting it?
Usually, you feel good from the sugar/salt high but very quickly it’s followed by a crash of energy levels and then the guilt. When we overeat like this there’s usually a trigger to the behavior. You had a stressful day. You had a fight with your spouse or a friend. You had to have a difficult conversation.
After it happens a few times it can quickly become a way to cope because we don’t actually want to feel the feelings. But the feelings have to come out somehow and they usually in the form of a destructive habit. A habit that doesn’t serve you. And even though you know it’s not good for your, it can soon become an addiction.
It’s also a telling sign of our own self-worth. It can be really hard to change our habits if we don’t believe we deserve to feel our best. Living well really is simple. It’s simple, but so hard at the same time. It’s up to us to take responsibility for ourselves and understand what healthy looks like on our own terms. Because it looks different on everybody.
So how do we stop being addicted to food? Or any other addiction for that matter? How do we find the willpower to eat healthy and feel our best?
Because it’s never really just about the food.
There’s always something behind it. It’s important to be willing to look deeper and question what’s really going on. What you eat is a foundation for living your best. Spending a small amount of time to question what you’re eating and why along with how it makes you feel has a huge impact on your entire life. The world is full of distractions and escapes.
We live in a society where we’re constantly marketed to based on what we’re lacking so it can be easy to get sucked into the trap of feeling not enough. And if we’re not taking the time to be aware of what’s going on below the surface, we’re missing out on creating the life we really want to live. The great thing is, we always get to choose. We can choose to take responsibility for our thoughts and our actions. That means gaining the knowledge and awareness of what it means to be healthy and happy.
If you’re struggling with how to gain more self-control with food, you’re not alone. Here are a few quick shifts you can start now to get you started on the road to a happy, healthy, whole life:
Look at ingredients. Notice how the food you eat makes you feel. Are you energized? Are you tired? Is your stomach upset? What was going on emotionally? Take the time to understand what your triggers are and making note of what your sensitivities are. This isn’t about making you feel worse if you’re struggling to control yourself around food, instead, it’s about awareness to understand yourself better and where the root of the issue really is. As I said earlier, it’s never just about the food. Once you step back and notice what’s going on, the solutions will always become clear. Slowly start to remove the foods that don’t make you feel good and look at ways to deal with the emotional stuff in a healthier way like exercise, meditation, journaling or doing something that makes you happy.
Developing long-term, sustainable habits doesn’t happen overnight. Starting small and making simple changes is the path to long-term change. If you could make one different choice, like adding one salad for lunch or a green smoothie for breakfast is the best way to build the motivation over time. Our choices, in the end, are what define us. Choose to put yourself first. Your health is the best investment you can ever make.
Fix your mindset.
It’s also important to make a choice to change your mindset and focus in order to gain more self control and to stop being addicted to food. If you feel like you’ve fallen off track don’t take the easy way out and just give up. It’s so common when we eat something bad, or overeat at a gathering or event that negative self talk comes in and tells you all the reasons you’re not good enough.
I can’t believe you just did that. You’re never going to do this. Stop. Take a step back and instead focus on being kinder to yourself.
Yes you stumbled, but that doesn’t mean you need to completely fall. That’s the great thing about life, you can learn from every decision and choose to make better ones moving forward. And remember, life’s all about balance. It’s all about giving yourself permission to enjoy the little things. Everything in moderation, even moderation I like to say. And food is something we all need to remember to be grateful for.
If you’re indulging in some ice cream, enjoy the freaking ice cream! First, always go for the high quality stuff because not only does it taste better but it’s also better for you. Higher quality means less processed ingredients which your body can naturally process better. Second, pay attention to how it tastes, what’s happening in the moment. Are you with other people?
Enjoy the company and the moment rather than worrying about the calories. Eat undistracted and savour it. If you can change your mindset around food, it becomes less and less about numbing and more about the joy and the moment. Being mindful is so much more important than the food! If you can get control of your mindset and focus on how you want to feel, finding the willpower to eat healthy will come naturally.
You are enough.
This is probably the most important thing to remember. I know it’s not always easy and we’re all going to have moments where we struggle to feel like we’re enough just as we are. Always remember you are enough no matter where you’re at in your journey or where you want to go.
We all want to improve ourselves and be better but if you never feel like you deserve it, you’ll find a way to sabotage anything you do. You deserve to live your best life. You deserve to experience everything you want and to be the best version of you.
The choice is always yours.
If you’re looking for some inspiration or a place to start you can download my FREE 3 Day Sample Meal plan HERE