For years as a child my parents told me think of the children who are starving. So cleaning the plate by eating all the food was ingrained into my brain. Now I am retraining my brain by taking the food to the trash if my body says enough, No more pushing myself to eat it all ;^)
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I heard an author who writes about life changes say that we have two brains: the smart one and the bunny brain. The smart one can plan, but the bunny just wants instant gratification. She says it helps to retrain our brains to focus on the long term gratifications, to essentially trade up. So when I don't want to go to the gym, that is when I need to go the most because my bunny brain is in control. The workout somehow staves off bunny brain too.
My daughter said, "I cheated and had a slice of cheese." We need to make choices positive, otherwise it insinuates quilt and negativity. "I had a slice of cheese and it was delicious!" With practice embracing the positive can become a habit and then a lifestyle ;^)
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