Changing your mindset begins with knowing who you are – knowing your internal communications, your rules, references, beliefs, perception and associations. Once you understand how you work you can then start to make changes in your mindset that will help you get past the obstacles you set for yourself.
For example let’s look at food, who here is an emotional eater?
You ate some cake or over indulged and now you have this overwhelming guilt cloud that is about to let loose on you because you know you ate too much, you didn’t need it and what you ate is most likely not that great for your health.
I am going to tell you right now – who cares, it’s in the past and you can’t change what has happened. What you can do now is:
- Consider all that extra energy you now have that you can put towards a workout and achieving that personal best. Be careful here though because I don’t want you to associate exercise as a source of punishment because you ate too much.
- Assess why you ate too much and how you can prevent it from happening again. For example – you had a bad day and you want to drown your sorrows with the chocolate that is in your pantry. What can you do now to stop this situation from getting out of control? Bad days are going to come and go, it’s life – how you react is something that you can control and work on and if you know that you are an emotional eater don’t keep your weaknesses in your house find another way to vent your emotions.
At the end of the day food is a combination of protein, carbohydrates and fat. The body has no idea what good and bad foods are, and everyone has different interpretations of what is good and bad. The key is moderation and having the not so nutritious foods occasionally not every day. The only foods that you should really, really avoid is foods that you are allergic to, have intolerances to or doesn’t make you feel good after you have eaten them.
View food as fuel and you lose the emotional attachment resulting in less cravings because you aren’t restricting yourself.