Whenever something gets out of control, we need to rein it back in before it becomes WAY out of control.
For many, eating habits regularly fall into that category.
Of course, being in control 90% of the time, for years - forever! - means more than ‘quick fix tactics.
It requires a long, hard look at yourself in the mirror, a compelling reason to want to change, and a deep personal commitment to be more disciplined.
However, that’s not the topic for today.
We all need some ‘goto’ methods for at least regaining some control over things from time to time - even if they’re just sticking plasters for a bigger problem.
Here’s 1 simple thing you can do today, to get back on track a bit more.....
Remove anything that’s a temptation.
This is a favourite topic of mine - purely because I’m obsessed with “mindset”.....and I’ve heard so many back to front views on the topic of removing temptation.
a) "ah but the kids / partner loves it all"
How’s that story currently working for you?
Is it helping or hindering?
Is having plenty of biscuits for your kids more important than your health ? More important than managing your weight?
Is having crisps and chocolate on tap more important to you and your partner, than one of your biggest challenges (eating) and being happy & healthy?
b) "I don’t want to waste money"
This story is what’s known as a ‘sunk cost fallacy’. It’s a mindset issue. You’ve already spent the money. You will not be out of pocket. Yes, you won’t have the crisps and chocolate as the replacement for the money, sitting in your cupboards. But you’ve openly said you’re “trying not to eat then”.
Can you see how ridiculous the argument of “I don’t want to waste the money” is ???
c) "it’s ok, I’ll just try to resist temptation"
And how’s that story currently working for you right now?
If you’re amazing at resisting temptation, then by default, this article isn’t for you. Because you’re in control. 👏
But if you ARE struggling to stop the nibbling and snacking, then why on earth do you think that “trying harder” is the solution?
When you remove temptation, it’s gone.
Out of sight, out of reach, out of mind.
You’re far less likely to jump in the car at 10pm, and drive to the garage just to buy a load of Lion Bars or grab-back of crispy, salty, tastiness.
You’ll think “I right fancy (insert xxx)…”
But then because it’s not right there in front of you, the moment will pass.
Cravings come and go.
It’s what they are.
Not having the thing you’re craving, within reach, is the simplest and most effective thing you can do.
But like everything in life, it’s a choice.
And you have to decide if you want to make the best choices for you.
Or give in to the stories you tell yourself that aren’t currently working.
Now go empty those snack cupboards:-)
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