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... Four Core Beliefs That Highly Fit and Lean People Have about Food

Sunday, September 13, 2009


Tom Venuto's - Four Core Beliefs That Highly Fit and Lean People Have about Food (...from the book: The Body Fat Solution)

I consider a person's beliefs about health to be sacred, so I am not going to suggest that you take on any specific beliefs unless you feel comfortable in doing so... However, there are several key beliefs about food that I've found to be extremely valuable to help develop the type of relationship with food that optimizes health and fitness. Following are the four beliefs the four beliefs and an affirmation for each one.

1.) Food is for building material

"Food is construction material for the body. I will become what I eat, as food literally becomes the cells, organs, and tissues of my body."

2.) Food is for Fuel

"Food is fuel... I will be as energetic as the fuel I put into by bodily engine."

3.) Food is for nourishment

"Nutritious foods contain everything I need for perfect health."

4.) "When I feed myself nourishing food on a consistent meal schedule, it stokes my metabolic furnace."

I've discovered that nearly all highly fit and lean people hold these or similar beliefs.. "Food is fuel", for example, is a very powerful and important belief for a fitness-seeking person to process. I don't remember ever meeting a highly fit and lean person who didn't believe this.

Adopting these types of beliefs could transform your relationship with food. These are also unemotional beliefs about food. They're essentially saying, "it's just food."... They strip away the intense feeling we tend to associate with food. As you begin to adopt, affirm and imprint these beliefs into your nervous system, food begins to lose its emotional pull over you and you start to feel compelled to eat the right foods for the right reasons.

There is a catch, however, to de-emotionalizing your relationship with food. If you lived your life only believing these four things about food, you might easily develop the physique of an athlete or fitness model. But without having some other beliefs that ensure balance and long-term happiness, you might be depriving yourself of the appropriate use of one of life's great enjoyments and the social rewards that go along with it.

... that will be next: "Ten Beliefs and Affirmations About Food for Balance, Happiness, and Long-Term Success!


... in the meantime, emoticon's... keep making it
happen emoticon

~ Dee ~ emoticon

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DAKOTANMISTY 9/16/2009 10:44PM

    emoticon advise and something that I am working on....

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LIVESTRONGH2 9/13/2009 11:34PM

    thanks! That was great!

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MRS_TOAD 9/13/2009 2:05PM

    I really need to remember that food is fuel. I just wolfed down a marshmallow pumpkin for part of my breakfast! emoticon

Thanks for the reminder!

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LADY_DONKEY 9/13/2009 11:24AM

    OK, so you know how I feel about Tom Venuto, but I gotta say, I really like this list. Especially the last one!

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LUV2RIDECYCLES 9/13/2009 9:40AM

    Your title caught my eye. This is interesting to me, I wish I had that mindset, but it is something to think about and work on.

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ELSEYDON 9/13/2009 1:19AM


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... how to stop emotional eating... STEP 5

Monday, September 07, 2009

... Well this is the last and final step of the 5 week "emotional eating" exercise...

STEP 5: ESTABLISH New Beliefs About Food and the Right Reasons for Eating

One of the most powerful strategies for ending emotional eating or any other undesirable habit is one that few people consider: Examine your beliefs about food and what food means to you and, if necessary, change them.

What is it that makes certain eating behaviors possible for some people but unthinkable for others? It's not that some people have superhuman willpower that lest them easily say "NO" to every temptation. When a behavior violates your strongest beliefs, there is no temptation. For example, what keeps a vegetarian from eating meat? If she has spiritual and humanitarian reasons for her choice and she's fully aware of those reasons, then it's not hard to avoid meat; eating meat would feel totally incongruent, maybe even repulsive.

Most people are totally unaware of their beliefs about food and how they affect their behaviors and decisions. a surefire way to know a person's belief is by looking at their results. As the proverb goes, "By their fruits you shall know them." You can also uncover a person's beliefs by listening closely to their language.


In many of the mind-body healing disciplines, it's believed that people express what's going on in their bodies in the form of body talk, also known as somatic metaphors, for example, "pain in the neck," "It makes my blood boil," "I don't want to hear it," and so on. Whether or not you believe that a somatic metaphor could actually cause a disease (psychosomatic illness is up to you.)

I believe that metaphor is a language the unconscious mind can understand, so by changing the metaphors you use to describe your body and the food you eat, you can help initiate a change in your belief systems and subsequently your behaviors.

If you believed your body was a temple or a divine gift, would you desecrate it by poisoning it with junk food? What if you said your body was like a high performance sports car? Do you think you might fuel it differently? If you believed your body was a lean, fat-burning machine, how do you think it might affect your attitude toward training? How would it change your response to adversity if you described yourself as a warrior? Most people don't realize that innocent labels and nicknames can actually change behavior and mold and identity. If you're going to label yourself anyway, why not choose empowering labels?

When it comes to food, I've discovered that fit, lean and healthy people have a unique set of beliefs about food and a distinct set of metaphors they use to describe food and what food is for. The ones I've heard most often include;

• Food is fuel

• Food is the best medicine

• Food is construction material for the body

• Food stokes the fire of metabolism

• Fruit is nature's candy

• Lean protein is the lean muscle builder

• High-fiber foods are nature's Roto-Rooter

I've never met anyone who talked about food with this type of language exclusively, who had a challenge with inappropriate eating or excess body fat. Think about it. When you look at it this way, food is no longer problem, food is the solution and you become driven to eat the right foods rather than avoid food.

If you use metaphors to describe the food you eat, write them all down so you become more aware of them. Discard the negative ones and keep the positive ones. If you don't use any yet, make a list of all the metaphors you could start using today that would influence your attitudes, belief, and behaviors in a positive way.


Let me emphasize again just how important this fifth step of belief change really is, because awareness alone is not enough. it's one thing to raise your awareness, but you can become conscious of destructive emotional eating behaviors and still feel powerless to stop them. Where the real change takes place is in your beliefs, because your beliefs and other unconscious programs are the core drivers of your behavior.

If you want to change a behavior, you need to change the beliefs that mobilize the behavior. Your taks is to uncover your beliefs about diet, nutrition and food and bring them into conscious awareness. This requires a little bit of brainstorming and your should take your time and list as many of your food beliefs as you can think of.

Here is an example list:

• Breakfast is the most important meal of the day

• Food is for energy

• I deserve a good cheat meal on the weekends "IF" I had a good week

• It's important to avoid artificial chemicals

• It's good to eat as organic as possible

• High protein is important for building muscle

• It's impossible to eat the right foods when I'm traveling a lot

After you have your beliefs on paper, then separate them into two categories:

1.) Empowering

2.) Limiting

Ask yourself, "does believing this move me "toward" (...empowering) my goal or "away" (...limiting) from it?"

... can you pick out the belief in this list that could be counterproductive? the one that stands out is: "Impossible" to eat right while traveling"... and would clearly create a bottleneck in making progress... replacing this belief with: "PRE-TRIP PLANNING and PREPARATION" is the key to changing this belief and seeing real progress.

** Remember, replacement is the key, not removal, so always choose and write down the empowering new beliefs you want to put in place of the old ones.


NOTE: the past 5 weeks has been a roller coaster of emotions for me, some good some bad... I have been successful on some days and others not so successful... but I have learned an important lesson in this... that this is not a process that can be mastered in 5 weeks or even 10, at least not for me... but the good thing is that each setback will teach me more about myself and how to eventually overcome those roadblocks that are preventing me from reaching my goal... My "inner" challenge is to "really believe" that I can lose this weight and reach my goal...

... tomorrow: "FOUR CORE BELIEFS THAT HIGHLY FIT AND LEAN PEOPLE HAVE ABOUT FOOD"...until then, keep making it happen emoticon

~ Dee ~ emoticon

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LUCY419 9/9/2009 12:07PM

    Dee... great tips and information, just the thing i need to keep on track, thanks !Hugs.... lucy

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DOINFINE 9/8/2009 1:01PM

    Again Dee, just what I needed to read today! Food as fuel...it's a whole new concept, a new belief...for me anyways.lol emoticon

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MRS_TOAD 9/8/2009 7:58AM

    You are a wealth of wisdom! Self-talk makes a big difference so keep telling yourself until the cow come home (to Chicago) that "I WILL succeed."

((dancing in the mid-60's to keep warm))

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_RAMONA 9/8/2009 12:33AM

    THIS was really excellent, Dee! THANKS!

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... photos from the lake front

Sunday, September 06, 2009

... it was a beautiful Sunday morning and the lake front was bustling with activity ... I couldn't resist taking my camera along!



... Happy Sunday... emoticon ~ Dee ~

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DOINFINE 9/8/2009 1:07PM

    So this is Chicago? Looks like a very interesting, diverse place. I love your photos! Thanks for sharing!

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MRS_TOAD 9/7/2009 11:52AM

    One of my favorite places! Thanks for the memories!

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LIGHTHOUSE23 9/6/2009 10:12PM

    I love taking pics, too. Beautiful!! Thanks for sharing.

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PATSYANN47 9/6/2009 7:18PM

    What a lovely day, thanks for sharing. emoticon

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MOMWEIGH130 9/6/2009 7:09PM

  Very pretty.

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... what I had for lunch

Sunday, September 06, 2009

... here is a photo of what I fixed for lunch after my bike ride! emoticon



This is a quick dish that I made up...

1.5 cups of Al Dente brand, "Red Chili Fettucine" (42 carbs - 2 fiber = 40 net carbs) 240 calories

In a microwave steamer I steamed the following:

• 4 cups of organic baby spinach

• 1 cup sliced mushrooms

• .5 cup roasted red bell peppers

• 3 sun-dried tomatoes, julienned

• 4 - 2 Tbsp servings of thick and chunky salsa (10 calories per serving and 3 carbs per serving... (40 cal, 12 carbs)

• 1 link, sliced thin: Lou's Famous Chicken sausage.. "Mild Italian, Peppers and Onions" (... no nitrites)... 130 cal., 7 gms fat , 15 prot.

... to complete it, I mixed in the salsa, onion powder, a couple of drops of Mongolian Fire Oil and a little cracked black pepper... mmmm, quick and delicious... emoticon

Nutritional value:

Cal: 410 (... I didn't factor in the veggies, I will have to figure that out later..)

Fat: 7 grams (... from the chicken sausage)

Carbs: approx: 60 net carbs

Fiber: approx: 5

Protein: 15 grams
NOTE: I allowed myself more carbs for lunch because I rode my bike for 104 mins. and burned 703 calories... the rest of my carbs for the day will consist of fibrous, green veggies and maybe a serving of fruit, like strawberries, along with a protein...

... what did you fix for lunch?... ~ Dee ~ emoticon

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DOINFINE 9/8/2009 1:04PM

    That looks yummy! I wish my dh would enjoy making food like this! I'll keep the recipe for myself though! emoticon

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PATSYANN47 9/6/2009 7:19PM

    Wow, looks realy yummy. Thanks for sharing the recipe! emoticon

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JERSEYGIRL1950 9/6/2009 3:39PM

    Oh yummy emoticonwhere's my plate???LOL

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CATHEITE 9/6/2009 3:28PM

    Wow, scrumptious! Better than what I had today (Lean Cuisine steak panini). With all those veggies, it looks like a really large portion for a relatively small number of calories. emoticon

ETA: Good going on your bike ride :)

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JULESELLEN 9/6/2009 3:19PM

    Yum, Yum, Yum!!! What an inspiration to eat healthy and well! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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... being accountable the good and the bad

Thursday, September 03, 2009

... Well, this morning we had a Staff Day and a co-worker and I set up the tables for the coffee, tea and pastries... I did ok for the first 30 minutes and then I just inhaled 3 custard filled donuts... emoticon.... I can't blame it on "emotional eating"... It was there and I ate it!... What is wrong with me????

I seem to be helpless when it comes to resisting the temptations of sweets... I have all these words of wisdom and read about techniques in how to conquer this and that and I still yield to temptation...

The question is ... do I really want to lose weight?... I think I do... I don't like the way my clothes fit... I don't like the way I look, but I seem to like the sweets more ... I am so hopeless... emoticon

... what do I do?... are there treatment centers for this kind of thing?... because obviously I have a REAL PROBLEM and I can't seem to do this on my own...

... I don't know... I am not feeling very good about "ME" right now...


~ ... hopelessly, Dee ~ emoticon

PS: TAZ asked me... "Did you have an alternative plan?"... yes, I took light yogurt with me and ate it, but I was sitting right next to all of those pastries
and I caved in.... I didn't feel deprived... and what I felt had nothing to do with watching anyone else eating them... Unfortunately, the bottom line is, I love sweet, decadent desserts, candy, etc... there is no way around that, and at the moment I feel at a lost to conquer this demon... emoticon... as an ex-smoker I know that I have an addictive personality, but I did quit, with the help of the nicotine patch... maybe the yogurt was not a good enough substitute... I'll have to think on that... Thanks everyone for your advice and support... emoticon

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MARVELOUS50S 9/4/2009 6:08PM

    Dee my down fall is Doritos and Cheetos. I am not a big sweet eater...I can pass that up in a minute with no problem but Cheetos...OMG..

I guess you are the only one who can determine what is more important the sweets or you. My niece loves Doritos, Fritos and Cheetos. She is a size 3 and so skinny.

I am starting the leaning out phase again for a competition in December and at first I was going to only buy the junk for her and tell her to keep it in her room. But honestly, I have to and I have made the decision that I can not eat them for the next three months. I could put them in her room but if I wanted some, all I had to do was ask so again I had to decide which is more important being competition ready or a bag full of cheetos, because I can not stop at a hand full.

At some point you have to decide what is more important to you..short term gratification or long term gratification. LOL


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MR.NET1 9/3/2009 9:31PM

    Two words I love to hate!...
"Auto-Disciplin" emoticon

I know I shouldn't, I know I don't really want to...


In advance...
I have established a list of intense activities...
I oblige myself to do.



*Call it being lazy or disciplined...
I don't know...
But it works! emoticon

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_FITMAMA 9/3/2009 5:10PM

    Sorry you felt hopeless, but to tell you honestly... I do the same thing! I say I won't, I'll come prepared, but when the sweets (mainly cookies, brownies, etc) are staring me in the face, I usually cave too. I do have a sweet tooth, but it has gotten much better w/ eating clean most of the time. Except on those occasions.

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DIATOM 9/3/2009 4:49PM

    Don't be so hard on yourself. You had a plan. Everything didn't go according to plan---ok. Move on. Add it to your nutrition tracker (if you didn't already).

I love sweets too. Now, I try to be VERY selective. For instance, if there's a processed cookie or cake from a grocery store---I pass it up. If there is something special (homemade or something I cannot normally get in my area--like some kind of ethnic dessert)--I will enjoy it. Just watch your portion and keep tracking your food the rest of the day.

If you're at home and something sweet is calling your name (even yelling your name--hahaha), go do something else (try brushing your teeth, chewing a piece of gum, cleaning the house). If you still want it, have a measured out portion and put it in your food tracker. In addition, I try to limit sweets in the house and remind myself that fruits are sweet or have ONE piece of dark chocolate---try to make it a healthy sweet treat. Surprisingly, it can be enjoyable too.

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    Did you have an alternative plan? It΄s too hard when that ΄s all-there-is - I feel deprived and can΄t stand watching others eating goodies - I want to run away and hide but can΄t get out of the meeting!

Hugs to you from "Payin΄ for it later"

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MRS_TOAD 9/3/2009 12:22PM

    You are far from hopeless! You simply had a weak moment. The good news is that you recognized it. Quit beating yourself up and jump right back on the healthy bandwagon. You CAN and WILL succeed even if I have to come to Chicago against my wishes! emoticon Seriously, negative self-talk will get you nowhere but back into the junk food. You are a great mom, employee and friend!

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FLOOSIEMAGOO 9/3/2009 12:20PM

    Hey you,

Well, of course you want to lose weight. I think this issue is, is that you got your sugar thang going again. You know, a little bit here, a little num num there; and then BAMMMM the cravin' are ravin'. So how do we STOP!!! We just do. Three days sans sugar, for me anyway and the cravings are gone. You know sugar is kinda like the totally hot bad boy. He is so damn sweet and lovely and you crave him... long after he done a hit and run. That why we call them sugar!!

How did I get over my sugar: NO CONTACT. Also, I had to ask myself, "Is that what you really want? Someone with so much control over your emotions - high and low.?" NO WAY.

So, that's my girlfriend approach. I have found the key is simply to not have a little taste, right now for sure, because my relationship break up (with sugar) is just too new. I'm too vunerable.

What SLIMMAR has gotten me to do to get over challenging times is to write what I'm going to eat for the day in the AM, for the entire day. It really worked for me.

You'll do this. It's just learning.


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