Last week I said I would continue on and tell you how I changed my mindset and how I worked those foods into my menu. I will do that, but first I want to address something that we must understand about ourselves before we move forward…
Why are our eating habits what they are? Good or bad, how is food integrated into your life? There are many reasons we eat and you must know what yours are if you are going to move forward in changing them.
A few of the main reasons people tell me they struggle with eating healthy are:
1. They are addicted to the sugar and carbohydrates (the bad ones, not the good ones).
2. They don't know where to start with making changes.
3. They know how to change but really don't have the discipline to see it through.
4. They use food to deal with stress or emotional issues they are processing.
5. They have no time to prepare healthy options. (Or it's too expensive).
What about you? Of those five options do you relate to one?
I think it's imperative as we move forward with eating habits that we know why we make good/bad choices. For me, just tonight I was talking with my husband about how all I wanted all day was a BIG FAT PIZZA. I mean load it up with all the meats and bring on the parmesan cheese. (I'm not anti pizza- keep following!) Take that to a smaller level and I've found myself almost pacing the house because even though I have eaten well today and am full I find this phrase on repeat in my head, 'I'm so hungry', yeah right! What's really going on?
Option number four please! I'm STRESSED out. We're moving houses this weekend and then countries in a month. Hosting a team and my man's masters class is pretty intense this quarter. Dealing with the excitement of new dreams, the stress of packing and moving, the grief of leaving this wonderful place I call home now, and I'm all kinds of crazy.
So what do I want to do to cope? Eat. Eating is good, we need food, but I'm talking about the 'stuff my face for no good reason' kind of eating! Why do I want to do this? Then I don't have to process what is going on. I can go to food and 'feel' better. Rather than talking with my husband, friends, journaling, or praying I go to food. Can you relate to this?
I will get to how you can figure out what and when you should be eating, but you must know how food fits into your life first. This way you can take the information and make it work for YOU! Do any of the above reasons resonate with you? Which one?