I hope you’re feeling inspired to knock out more junk food today! What adjustments have you made so far?
Today I’d like you to think about what drives your junk food desires.
When I ask my clients this, the top response is stress, especially when they’re running on tight deadlines and suffering post-lunch energy crashes. This leads them to grab chips and cookies from vending machines, giving them a quick boost that soon leaves them asleep under their desks. Why not feed yourself food that fuels you, rather than robbing you of your precious energy?
I want you to imagine sailing through your day with steady energy, feeling positive, and joyful.
Outside of work and personal stress, I want you to consider non-food factors that may influence your cravings.
Think back to a time when you were madly in love. Your partner’s care made you feel satisfied and appreciated. Many people crave sweets when they are lacking supportive relationships. Take a look at the people you surround yourself with – is it time for a change? Is it time to really look inside yourself?
I regularly tell my clients that while what is on their plate is important, healthy relationships, regular physical activity, a fulfilling career, and a spiritual practice can fill your soul and satisfy your real hunger for life.
When these areas of your life – your primary foods – are balanced, your life feeds you, making what you eat secondary.
TRY THIS EXERCISE
Next time you find yourself responding to a craving with a junky snack, focus on the root of the urge.
Consider these primary foods:
- physical activity
Rate each one personally on a scale of 1 – 10, 10 being completely satisfied and 1 being dissatisfied.
After you’ve identified which areas you are not 100% happy with, you can move forward and begin to truly nourish yourself without turning to food as a crutch.
Now that you’ve taken some major steps toward achieving balance, consider non-food ways you can reward yourself.
Make a list of treats to indulge in when your primary foods get out of balance. Some good ideas are a manicure, massage, or a long, luxurious walk with your best friend.
There is a great book out there called “Women, Food and God” by Geneen Roth. Geneen believes that we eat the way we live, and that our relationship to food, money, love is an exact reflection of our deepest held beliefs about ourselves and the amount of joy, abundance, pain, scarcity we believe we have (or are allowed) to have in our lives.
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