How To Build Food Discipline
One of those blogs again, right? How can you possibly build discipline in one step? It’s difficult, right?
Just because we lost control that doesn’t make it difficult. Is food controlling you? I mean, really! Don’t tell me food is controlling you.
You are in control. This might upset some people but it is the truth. You have the control over your life and that includes everything you eat. No one forces you to put that bagel in your month . You have the power to make choices. Through those choices you decide how tomorrow will look like.
Yeah, but I am fit, it’s easy for me to talk, right?
Ah, but you cannot assume that because I am fit today I was always like this and I don’t have my own struggles.
Secret #1: If I gave up training I’d start putting on weight. I eat a lot. I eat healthy, because that’s how I was brought up. But I eat a lot. And I can eat less, as I said it’s a choice. But I’d feel miserable. So I prefer to train.
Secret #2: I used to be about 10kg heavier than today, just a few years ago. I wasn’t always how you see me know. And it took me a few years to get here. Because I don’t exercise to lose weight. In fact I don’t exercise. I train, I train with a purpose. I train to learn and develop skills not to burn calories, those come with it.
Weight slowly came off when I began training and gaining control over the food I was giving my body. And it was bloody difficult, I tell you that. But IT IS POSSIBLE.
So I know a little something about food discipline
How to build discipline
As always I love stories and I believe we learn from stories. So let me tell you what happened a couple of days ago.
It was a Sunday, and Sundays I only train in Karate and study. I study topics that will allow me to help my clients reach their goals in a more efficient way.
I woke up around 8 am. I knew I had planned my 2hr karate training in the afternoon, so all morning I did my QiGong routines and I read. Aaaaand…..I ate fruit. Yum!
However I didn’t take into account the 2h karate training and that I needed a bit more fuel than that.
It all went well though, I had really great and strong training session in preparation for the world championship. One of the best sessions I’ve had, I was half dead by the end. Felt awesome!
But then, on the way back……I began craving pizza. You see I have 2-3 pizzas a year and I didn’t have the 1st this year yet. And I also craved chips. Yeah…I crave stuff as well.
But every time I crave I make a conscious choice not to have them. Sometimes I also makes a decision to have those things I crave but NOT when I crave them. Remember this one:
The dogs that beg for food when you eat are those who know they will get receive food when they beg and make a lot of noise. I know my dogs do.
So discipline your mind and things will get easier. Start by NOT giving your brain the satisfaction by giving it what it craves, when it craves.
[tweetthis]Don’t give your brain the satisfaction by giving it what it craves, when it craves.[/tweetthis]
Knowing that these cravings were ONLY the sign of lack of food and nutrients, I began thinking, or rather forcing my brain into thinking, about the food I had in my fridge. Which is all boring, healthy food.
I kept thinking: what will I eat when I get home?
So I got home, had eggs and a big salad and cheese and then fruit and voila….cravings gone!!! Yes, it’s that simple. You are in control. It’s about making conscious choices.
Next time you crave something unhealthy keep in mind that it probably is because you haven’t eaten or haven’t eaten properly. Think before you act.
So that’s what you need to do: when you crave don’t give in and instead have the right kinds of foods. Cravings will disappear in most cases.
By the way, this is a lesson my mother taught me as a child. So if you have kids and you feel this is lesson could be useful for their future health then teach it to them. They will take it with them throughout their lives, just like I did.
You might think that kids don’t listen, but what you say stays with them, it’s imprinted into their subconscious and they will access that when they need it most.
Need to build food discipline but don’t know where to start? I can help you with that. However you must know that I cannot do anything for you if you don’t do the work. It’s ALL on you. I cannot come and take that pizza from you. You need to make the conscious decisions. If you really want food discipline and are committed and ready to put the work in then yes we can talk about it. Only if you are committed please.