we tend to focus on the "bad" more than the good. I , what i should not have ate, what i did not do, what i can't fit into... blah,blah,blah. taking inventory of all the good that you are, and that you do will help to keep you on the positive track! i always try to remember one good choice or outlook ... leads to another
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Whenever I get that "not another salad" feeling, I remind myself of how much better I feel all afternoon if I eat a big, fresh salad for lunch. My energy, stamina, and focus are all better. Focusing on those benefits and reminding myself how sluggish I can get after eating other things -- that seems to make it easy to get past the "ugh, not lettuce again" blues.
Pay attention to how you feel after you eat certain things. Observe without judging. What you notice might surprise you.
Near the end of the day I speak out loud (learning comes from hearing) at least 5 good things about my day. It helps me to balance out in a positive way. It helps me to sleep better because I have focused on the good and encourages me to do well the following day.
I am the one who these things are most important to at this time so it is especially necessary I hear them, even if no one else is around. When others are there it is good for them to learn to focus on positive also, so you become a silent witness or mentor as well. It is all good.
When I'm sitting around watching tv in the evening, that's usually when my cravings start to smack me in the face... instead of giving in, I get flavored tea, or even black tea and sweeten it with splenda & sometimes honey. I focus on how good it is, and how much better it is, and I don't feel bad.
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