When you want to get into a routine and build something into your life, one way to do it is to schedule and plan. For some, this is also true when it comes to dieting. You schedule the number of meals you will eat that day based on when the plan tells you to and you restructure your life around that plan. You are always thinking about what you are supposed to be eating next, will you be eating it “on time” and if you didn’t pack it with you, will you be able to find something comparable. You find the only thing you are thinking about is food.
I want you to remember a time, if such a period existed, where you weren’t worrying about your weight or your food. You lived your life and when you were hungry you ate, you stopped when you were full and you weren’t frantically wondering if a food fell into your plan if you wanted to have it. For many of you trying to get back to this memory, it might take you all the way back to your childhood days—and that’s OK.
When you are younger and there is less to worry about, that carefree attitude translates easier to food. Eating is just something you have to do in between all the other fun things you look forward to doing every day. Now that you are older, sometimes food is the fun part of your day, and sometimes it is something to worry about. Whatever end of the spectrum you fall on you still shouldn’t be living for or living in fear of it. Accepting food as part of your day rather than something your entire world has to stop for makes it easier to accept a healthier non-diet lifestyle rather than a diet mentality.
If you weren’t so hungry and you didn’t eat as much lunch as you normally do, or if you waited an hour later than usual to eat it, that’s OK! You are listening to your body. Maybe one day you had a very intense work-out and your body told you to eat a little more at lunch time than you’re used to—listen to it! Pardon the pun but go with your gut and listen to what it says rather than restricting it to a pre-determined schedule that might not fit into your day. Eating is a necessary part of life, but it doesn’t have to be your life.
Your Turn to Take Action: Try and focus on the things in life you enjoy that are not related to food this week. Please share your thoughts in the comments below.