Examine your belief system about food.
You might think that to diet smart all you have to do is find the right pill or process. This is naive diet thinking. The truth is in order to accomplish the transformation you desire; you will have to discard some deep seated beliefs about food. This is the hard stuff. It is difficult simply because what you now do is rooted in your belief system. You believe it to be good for you and at the same time you are not aware of why you do so. This stifles lasting change. So you will find yourself going back to the same old unhealthy habits and not know why!
The Christian church and most religions are experts at rooting belief systems. Just like your house plant, you can’t see the roots, but you are aware by the blooms that the roots are working just fine. That is why some religions have members who would rather die than change. The tenets of the religion become second nature and indispensable. For instance when I was a kid I went to an Anglican primary school. Everyday for 3 years we had to recite the Nicene Creed – One of the lines I repeated was – I believe in one baptism for the remission of sins. Many years later as young adult in college a student ask me to join her church, and in explaining the tenets of her religion, she said to me – You will have to get baptized. I immediately stopped her, and explained that this religion would not work for me because I believe in one baptism… I was even shocked when I heard myself saying this …I had memorized that creed and pulled it into my belief system without thought or reason. Lack of awareness of beliefs can cause naive diet thinking.
So what are your true beliefs about food? What did you hear your mother say or do every day? Did you have a well cooked dinner every night; or did your family eat on the run? Did your mother cook fresh food or did you have fast commercial food? Did your parents talk about meat in terms of protein or poison or were they clueless? Did you get to choose to diet smart? Did you have a hot breakfast most days? Were you offered water as a drink or was it always soda pop or some sugary drink? Your food experiences as a child help to cement your food beliefs and will determine how you react to and manage diet smart success. It is essential that you examine every food habit that you are targeting for change. At least you will know why you are struggling or what a big accomplishment you made when you succeed.
Find a mind body exercise that you can do anywhere, any place, such as affirmations and breath work.
Affirmations are the quickest, easiest way to facilitate change. Most of our mental chatter is haphazard. Affirmations are planned statements you silently make to keep you focused on your desire. It helps you resist doubt. I like to start an affirmation with, “I am. For instance, “I am fully capable of learning all I need to diet smart”, leaves no doubt or maybes about your intention. This can be extended to, “I am happy, healthy and successful with my diet goals”. Affirmations are a way to train your mind to by pass your old creeds and accomplish your intentions. For instance, “Every day I am getting a keener understanding about how to diet smart” keeps you in the present and away from uncertainty and unwelcome beliefs. It controls negative mental chatter.
The power of the breath was discovered centuries ago by Chinese and Hindus. It is practiced in yoga where you use conscious breath control as you do various movements. This creates an unconsciously link between body and mind. The premise is that when you regulate your breath, your mind becomes quiet, and leaves space for awareness, a spiritual quality. This quality helps you to tap into your subconscious and retrieve some inner wisdom. Inner wisdom helps you find the energy for transformation and to create new personal creeds for success.
Celia Westberry, M.S. is a wellness lifestyle coach who has been helping clients to reach success with their goals to diet smart for 20 years. She is the Author of Eat Yourself Younger Effortlessly – the easy way to slow aging feel great and look good. Click Here to get her FREE eBook on Healthy Eating and start to diet smart. To find out about wellness coaching click Here.