After every big accomplishment, family celebration, or even
a hard day, it can be easy to tell yourself, ‘When I get home I’m going to eat
pizza, ice cream, wine or any other indulgent food because I deserve it.’
Perhaps you find yourself thinking about the reward most of the day as
something to look forward to and help you unwind when you get home.
In a recent workshop I ran, we talked about the common themes that lead to self-sabotage and lacking willpower. After sharing some of the themes, tools and strategies, one of the women asked what tips I typically give people when they eat something out of alignment with their goals so they reach for the healthier option. Since my role as a Health Coach is not to give specific tips and tricks of how to avoid eating something you would consider indulgent, I asked if she would be willing to share an example.
Imagine you’re at a social gathering and you walk into a party where you know a couple people but not many. As soon as you walk in the door you make a beeline to the bar and quickly down your first drink. You see the appetizers so you immediately head over and quickly start sampling them.
Being consumed by the thought of food is not just about thinking about what you’re going to eat from meal to meal. It’s also what I call mental gymnastics around food. Before a meal you might think about what the best choice would be. You’re not 100% sure so you go back and forth about whether you should or shouldn’t eat it. Then, afterwards you continue to think about the food choice. Was it the right one? Maybe you feel guilty about it and beat yourself up. Or, maybe you tell yourself ‘it’s OK. I’ll do better during my next meal. Speaking of the next meal, I should eat a salad to be healthy. Oh! And how many calories did I just consume? Can I afford to eat what I have planned for dinner?’
I recently attended the Good Food Expo in Chicago, which featured a variety of local and sustainable foods and producers. It was a great opportunity to connect with other business owners, hear their stories and sample tasty, healthy foods made locally.
This is the final video in the series about ways to keep your willpower up during the holidays. In the video yesterdayI talked about what happens when we have idealistic expectations going into an event. In today’s video I share tips and strategies you can use to help set realistic expectations so you don’t end up mindlessly eating.
In this video series I’m talking about ways to keep your willpower up during the holidays. In the video yesterday I shared some tips and strategies to use when going to an event without placing rules and restriction on yourself. This video covers what happens when we have idealistic expectations going into an event.
In this video series I’m talking about ways to keep your willpower up during the holidays. In the video yesterday I talked about what happens when we have too many rules going into an event. In this video I share three strategies you can use when going to an event, without needing to place restrictions on yourself.