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Archive for: April, 2015
Apr
28

Serving Sizes Are Just Suggestions

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Let’s say you are eating a granola bar.  It is the middle of the afternoon and you have been busy so you just had to grab something quick to satisfy your hunger.  After you eat one, you just aren’t in “neutral” yet.  You still need a little something.  So, you open another granola bar that you keep in your car for just such instances.

Now, here is where you need to remember to keep checking in with your hunger.  Just because you needed more than one, doesn’t need you mean two, just because that is how they are packaged.  Right?  Tell yourself that of course you can eat until you aren’t hungry anymore.  But that you will keep checking in to see if you could  be ready to stop eating before you are through that second granola bar.

Just keep this kind of mindful eating in mind.  It isn’t a test.  It is practice forming a habit that will serve you well.  Again, just because the serving sizes are a certain size does not mean that those sizes work for you.  You may need 1 1/2 of a bar.  You may need 2 1/4.  You may need 3.  Who the heck knows?

Actually, there is someone who knows.  It is YOU.  Give your body a chance to talk to you to give you the guidance you need to eat the appropriate amount and type of food for your unique body on this specific day.

OK?

Apr
23

Life Throws Stuff at You, Right?

Life throws stuff at you, right?

You had all good plans to eat a low calorie lunch, but then your boss asked you to eat lunch with a client…You stocked your fridge with healthy vegetables and yogurt, but then your friend came to town and asked you to dinner.  You planned to go the gym, but you forgot your sneakers.  Whatever!

Instead of getting all stressed out and feeling “victimized,” just focus on your reaction.  That keeps you feeling powerful, and in charge- not “in control,” which is different.  You can’t control everything, but you can be in charge of how you, just you, react.

For example, when you go out with a client instead of eating your lunch from home, there is zero reason for that to make you over eat.  NO NO NO!  Stay in the present, enjoy your lunch, eating what you crave and STOP when your hunger is quiet.

Yes, I sound like a broken record on this subject!

But, it IS that simple.  Just start doing it. First time is the hardest/weirdest.  It gets easier.  It gets EASY, yes easy.  It is normal, and instinctual and you have just been trained out of it!

A thin mentality life is more than just eating an appropriate amount for your hunger, likes, and needs. It is a perspective that is fluid, adaptable and enjoyable.

So, when your friend calls you last minute to invite you to dinner, your reaction isn’t mired by worry over what you will eat.   You are joyful, not worried.

Doesn’t that sound better?  Don’t you think it is worthwhile to build a thin mentality life?

Benefits

  • No food scares you
  • You eat food you love
  • Nutritional choices come from you (yes they do!) instead of from following some rigid plan
  • You Relax
  • You feel more joyful
  • You calmly, harmoniously lose weight and get to an ideal, healthy weight for you
  • You love doggie bags
  • Your self esteem rebounds (nothing is worse for your self esteem than a diet mentality!)

Think progress, not perfection, and get started.