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Sunday, December 30, 2012

#1 Diet Resolution : The Best Revenge

The #1 way to know you will be your healthy weight in 2013 is resolve to Be Good To Yourself. You will look good and you will feel good.

Because life is unpredictable, you cannot know what eating challenges lie ahead. Whether you're an emotional eater, a stress eater, a lonely eater or just a food lover, resolving to be good to yourself will keep you happy with your body. Here's how to do it:
  • Tune-in to what's pushing your buttons. Eating will never satisfy emotions, beat stress or be your best friend. Instead, when buttons are pushed try this:
    • Wait for 3 minutes to see if the urge to eat passes, which it probably will.
    • Plan an alternate activity to use to diffuse these feelings.
      • Call your mother/cousin/friend to see how s/he's doing. Everyone gets lonely.
      • Take a brisk walk around the block to diffuse anger. Focus on what is essential for you and adjust accordingly. If someone is making you angry, it's their problem, and the way to deal with it is to honor yourself.
  • Don't let eating be a habit. Volunteer to help others and discover how lucky you are. Helping others is cool. You will make new friends by being good to yourself and end mindless eating.
  • Check in with how your body feels for clues when you eat. 
    • Notice personal changes and respond to them.
    • Notice how smelling and tasting what you eat makes you feel.
    • Notice when you're no longer hungry.
Being good to yourself is choosing to deal with the changes happening around you by going with the flow, but not compromising your priorities. You don't need permission to trust yourself, because you know what feels good and what doesn't. Trust yourself.
Intuitive tools will always protect you, as long as you use them. So, for 2013, here's how to be the #1 star in your life all year long. 
  • Be curious before you eat.
  • Use foresight as self-defense to think about how you'll feel tomorrow if you binge today.
  • Connect with dignity when someone or something pushes your button. It takes energy to take the high road, and that burns calories. It has been said  "Looking good is the best revenge". Be determined to look good!
Feeling good and looking good go together. Take time to know your body. Share the pleasure of enjoying tastes and the comforts of relaxing with someone you love. Have a Happy New Year and remember, you are #1.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Eating Habits & Emotional Eating

Eating habits don't help you lose weight.

Eating habits are a rut you get in from letting someone else dictate what your body needs to be a healthy weight. In fact, you gain weight because habits are not a response to your body.

Habits cause emotional eating, which is you rebelling against what doesn't feel right.

So for the New Year, make a resolution to Be Your Own Boss. It takes time and energy, but so does everything worth having. The cool thing is the energy burns calories.

Here's how:

  • Think with your senses. Do this by checking the way your body feels before and while you're eating. If you see a huge piece of cake in front of you and check-in with your body, your brain may put up a red flag saying: cut it in 1/2 & put what's okay to eat on separate plate. Or your body may already be full. This means you are free to leave the table. 
  • Feel with your mind.  Do this by using intuitive tools like foresight, courage, dignity and curiosity. Before you eat ask, "How will I feel about myself if I eat this?" It's intuitive to respect and protect yourself, but if it's not your habit, you won't do it. Once you use your intuition to do this, you will feel liberated because you will be in control.
Using your senses makes you feel fresh, while mindless habits make you feel old and trapped.  Open up your life by thinking with your senses. Feel with your mind.  You'll look younger because you will be happier. Don't be in a rut.

Here's the bottom line about eating habits that cause emotional eating:

  •  Eating Habits limit choices and kill spontaneity, which makes you look drawn and wrinkly, even if you're overweight.
  • Habits Avoid letting the moment unfold in the present, which means you stay in the past, which is full of emotional hot-spots.
  • Bully & bluster often justify habits that age & delude you into eating when you're full.  
  • Habits Ignore problems and inhibit the truth, which - like doing drugs  - is a temporary fix. It wears off; then you get the nudge, the gut feeling, the inability to sleep. Ignoring self-control doesn’t mean abandoning self-respect.  
  • Habits are Traitors to your soul. Habits turn a blind eye to possibilities and ignore problems. 
  • Stuck is how habits make you feel, and that feeling creates anger, frustration, loneliness and emotional eating
Take a breath and take the time and energy to give yourself a chance. Stay in the present and don't let anyone tell you that you can't do it - because you absolutely can! By this time next year, you'll look at holiday parties and yourself in a whole new way.