Are you tired of mentally debating food choices? The mental debate over food choices is a real struggle for many of us. In fact, I would dare say that mental ping pong determines our food choices the majority of the time.
It’s that point when a craving hits…your mind begins to play with and consider the possibilities. For those of you who struggle with maintaining your weight, it is a scenario that you probably experience multiple times a day.
We know on a conscious level what we are supposed to eat, but the pleasure points in our brain are only interested in stimulation and that is precisely where the conflict starts.
In order to ever win the internal mental debate over food, you need to come to the point where you can separate the concepts of food and entertainment. Is food entertaining? Yes…BUT, entertainment should not be the primary reason we eat. We eat food for fuel; so that our bodies can move and function as they are supposed to.
The problem arises when we replace fuel with entertain and train ourselves to believe that food exists purely for our entertainment. When we attach entertainment to our food, then our mind immediately turns to thoughts of food any time it desires stimulation.
Does this sound familiar?
At times, we all desire an extra treat or some unique food because it’s fun. If you feel tempted to eat a snack or dessert, take a moment to think through your day. Make a mental checklist of what you have already eaten that day and what you plan to eat that night.
Often, we eat several junk food items or sweets in a day without ever considering how they add up. Will it kill you to have an occasional doughnut at breakfast or a Snickers bar in the mid-afternoon?…no. Both of these items weigh in at about 250 calories. If you eat only one 250 calorie treat during a day and eat sensibly for your other meals, then you can probably afford to splurge without affecting your weight.
However, if you have a doughnut for breakfast and then forget about it when you have your Snicker’s bar in the afternoon and finish off the night with even a small serving of ice cream, you can easily rack up an additional 750 to 1,000 calories of “entertainment” by the end of the day!
If you think through your day and determine you have no special meals or occasions planned, then you are free to enjoy your treat without doubling up on calories later in the day. This process trains you to make mental notes of the food you consume, so you become more conscious of the “extras” you eat throughout the day.
The important thing is to bring your food choices up to a conscious level where you can acknowledge them and make decisions accordingly. So, next time you find yourself mentally debating your food choices, use this process for making the decision of what you will eat instead of allowing the food to make the decision for you.
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