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My childlike brain when it comes to food

Friday, January 18, 2013

One of the thoughts that really helped me in the past week was something I heard on a Jillian Michaels podcast (she's one of the trainers on the reality show 'The Biggest Loser' FYI). She had Bob Harper on as a guest (another BL trainer), and he was talking about how when we grab for food, we are acting with a 'child brain'. Meaning, its the part of our psyche that wants what it wants when it wants it, and then we create all sorts of reasons as to why it's OK, and how to justify the snack. I recently turned 43, and in most other areas of my life, I can act as a reasonable, responsible adult making reasonable and responsible decisions and choices. For some reason, my relationship with food has stayed in kindergarten. I still act like a child when it comes to food.
As I went through this past week, whenever I thought about grabbing more food, or for a snack, I kept in mind that I am an adult, and I need to act like an adult. It kind of became a challenge. I can't let the kid in me get the best of me 'just because'. I take pride in my adult accomplishments, and this thinking about food has to start falling more into the adult category of choice making. I don't let my kids 'get away' with doing things that are sub par when I know they can do better, so shouldn't I expect that of myself too?

Anyway, this thought helped me through this past week. We'll see how I make through the next! One day at a time, but no day like today! :)
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OOLALA53 1/24/2013 12:23PM

    It can be a very strong habit to respond to those "child" desires. It doesn't hurt to say no, especially when we know we will have something good to eat at our next meal. Then saying no becomes the habit!

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SERIOUSLIM 1/18/2013 11:07AM

    I love this way of looking at my behaviour towards food! Very helpful!
I will try to continue to keep it in mind.

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