Breaking the Mental Hold of Chocolate
Tuesday, December 01, 2015
Last week I decided to do a 30-day kindness practice this month, so today's day 1. Each day I look for ways to be of service; my intention is to share experience, strength, and hope. Please let me know how I can support you by commenting here or sending me a Sparkmail.
There was a question on MyFitnessPal that I thought would be useful here too. The question was by a person who's a couple weeks into making healthful changes and she's missing chocolate. She wanted help on how to break the psychological hold on food since food was a source of comfort. Here are the tips I shared:
- Find comfort, pleasure, indulgence, joy that's not food. You mentioned in your original post that 'food was really a comfort.' Where in your life can you experience comfort?
- Practice missing chocolate. The better you get at feeling the emotions you have when you DON'T have chocolate, the easier it'll be when you don't eat it. (That's kind of a clunky sentence; hope it makes sense haha.)
- Constantly remind yourself of why you're making healthful changes in the first place. A compelling "why" will help keep you motivated over time. Notice which is powerful for you: Is a fear-based reason (I'm afraid of disease, being judged, etc.) more motivating than a love-based reason (I want to be an example to my kids/family, I want to love myself, etc.)?
Comment or send me a sparkmail and let me know what you want help with. I love talking about the mental side of change: willpower, motivation, consistency, staying positive, limiting beliefs.