Did you know that weight loss is as much of a mental effort as a physical effort? To find success, you must let go of negative thoughts about your body, worth, food, and life. You must positively reframe your mindset and become at peace with yourself.
During this program, I want you to work on improving your daily thoughts. I do not want you to put yourself down, or doubt yourself or your worth. I want you to work on accepting yourself for who you are and speaking your truth. Too often, when we don't speak our truth, we eat. I know that I push down my emotions with food, and I have to be very cognizant of this.
If you find yourself stressed and eager to grab food, stop and reflect on the situation for five minutes. Then put your hand on your belly and reflect on what you need to do to relinquish the hold that this non-serving emotion has on you.
Write about your emotions in a journal or go to the person you need to speak to and have a clear conversation. You can also grab a friend and share your thoughts. Find what works for you and do whatever you need to do to release the pattern of holding onto your emotions.
Lastly, do not allow a poor relationship with food sabotage your health or weight loss efforts! Do not deprive yourself of what your body needs in order to lose weight. And do not overeat to fill other voids in your life. Food should be looked at as what it is – Delicious nourishment for your body, mind and soul.
“...compulsive eating is basically a refusal to be fully alive. No matter what we weigh, those of us who are compulsive eaters have anorexia of the soul. We refuse to take in what sustains us. We live lives of deprivation. And when we can't stand it any longer, we binge. The way we are able to accomplish all of this is by the simple act of bolting -- of leaving ourselves -- hundreds of times a day.”
Geneen Roth, Women, Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything