Food Discipline Lessons To Live By
We all know why we gain weight, why we feel bloated or unwell. We all know that nutrition is what keeps us alive, healthy and in peak performance.
And we also know if the quality of the food we eat is not high quality then the way our body functions will not be either.
And you know very well, I am sure, the kind of food you should eat to allow your body to thrive and the kind of food your should avoid. We all know this.
However, for some reason, a lot of people still struggle to develop healthy habits. We make exceptions so often that they begin to look like regular habits rather then exceptions.
We blame it on sugar addiction and while it is true that once you start eating sugar it’s difficult to stop, I do not agree that sugar should be compared with drugs.
Many people, including myself, come off sugar and you don’t see us hitting our heads against the wall. Yes, we may be grumpy in the first 3-5 days after we stop eating sugar but once it’s out of the system it’s out. Until you bring it back that is.
Some cases I more difficult than others but, in the end, no one forces a tablespoon or ice cream down your throat. You do it yourself.
Looking back at my life, how I changed my relationship with food I realized that it was not the knowledge but the discipline that made the greatest difference.
If I didn’t have the discipline all the knowledge and nutritionists in the world wouldn’t have been able to change my habits. Your life cannot change until you decide and commit to change it.
So I dug deep into my personal habits and came up with Food Discipline lessons for my clients. And today I will share with you some of those lessons:
Lesson 1 – Eat high quality when craving otherwise
When you crave sweets or unhealthy snacks and foods think whether you have actually eaten a proper meal that day.
Many times we crave those things because we are actually hungry. Surely we don’t actually need them. Once you eat a proper meal you will find that you don’t crave them anymore.
Eat high quality food when you crave unhealthy options.
The choice is yours.
Lesson 2 – Don’t have them when you crave them
Don’t give your brain the satisfaction of giving it what it craves, when it craves. It will never stop craving because it will learn that craving/asking also means receiving. So it will always crave.
Instead, if you do what to have that treat then have it when you do not crave it.
You have the power to decide what you are going to eat. You are in control of the decisions you make in your life.
Make a conscious choice not to have unhealthy foods when you crave them. You may realize that is a passing phase anyway.
The choice is yours.
Lesson 3 – Never twice
This is particularly important if you want to lose weight but also if you want to maintain it and also if you don’t want to feel bloated and….well it’s good for everyone really.
Sometimes we eat healthy but we overeat. And this itself prevents us from losing weight or makes us gain weight, as well as making the digestive system overwork.
One way to control the quantity of food you eat is to never serve yourself twice. Once you’ve eaten what was on your plate that’s it.
Lesson 4 – 30 Minutes
After you eat your meal don’t jump straight into dessert, even if it’s a fruit. Make a habit of waiting 30 min. It’s roughly the amount of time it takes the feeling of fullness to reach your brain.
By the end of the 30 min you might realize you don’t need to have anything else anymore.
And so you save yourself from feeling bloated, eating too much, feeling too full and of course calories for those of you who are looking to lose weight.
You can have your fruit later on, as a snack if you still want it. But give your digestive system time and room to breathe even if you really, really want to have that piece of fruit.
The choice is yours.
Lesson 5 – Fuel
Look at food as fuel for your body. Because, if we leave aside the love for food and it’s taste, that’s what food does.
That’s the purpose of food, it is not to satisfy our taste buds, although it’s nice to have both of course. However Its purpose is to keep us alive, to fuel us, our brain, our muscles, organs.
When you begin to understand this, really understand it, your food choices will change and you will begin to give your body good quality fuel.
And it can be tasty in the same time. It’s a win win.
This is one of the first things I did when I changed my relationship with food. If you haven’t read my story yet check it out here.
There are so many other habits and lessons I take my clients through on an individual basis, but for the moment 5 lessons are enough to get you started.
How to put them into application:
I always say focus on one thing at a time as it will make a greater difference.
Thus, you have 5 lessons. Each week focus on one lesson and one lesson only.
Tip: take a post it note or a piece of paper and stick in on your fridge so, throughout the week, you are constantly reminded about the Food Discipline lesson you have for the week.
After you so each lesson a few times they will become second nature and you will not need support.
Remember The choice is only yours. You are in control.
If you are considering implementing Food Discipline lessons in your life, or you’d like a different approach and different habits I can help you.
If you book a call for this purpose there will be no sales or pitching, instead I will help you with a plan to implement habits and Food Discipline lessons into your life starting today. Book a free call here.