Last night the hostess of our book club went all-out to present a beautiful spread of delectables. Cheese, gourmet crackers, chocolate truffles and buttery cookies tempted us all. Someone mentioned that they couldn’t sample the chocolates because they wouldn’t stop with just one. Can you? And, what does it take to “take control”?
A long time ago I realized that it is impossible to have it all. Either we are going to fit into our skinny jeans or we are not. It’s for each of us to decide what is more important. Do you want to be fit and healthy or indulge with abandon? Unless you are burning calories like an elite athlete you will have to make that decision.
As a Lifecoach and Weight Management Consultant, I recommend taking a breath before reaching for the temptations. Quickly assess your options. You could savor moments of pleasure now or feel good about yourself for a lifetime. I’m not suggesting complete deprivation which can lead to frustation and eventual binging. It’s better to allow yourself a small portion so you don’t constantly feel deprived.
A good way to start practicing self-control is to think about what you are going to eat during each day. Make a mental plan in the morning to give yourself breakfast, a mid-morning snack, lunch, a midday snack and dinner. The more regularly you have eaten during the day the less you will be tempted by sugary treats. And, if you are faced with all your favorite treats at a party or get-together choose one and enjoy each bite. Vow that you will not reach for another by picturing yourself in your skinny jeans.
Making better choices is another option. Last night the hostess offered a selection teas. Peppermint with a teaspoon of honey is a healthy way to feed a sweet-tooth.
Thinking about what we are putting into our mouths rather than mindless eating is the first step to achieving will-power. It’s a conscious effort and it takes practice.
Yours in Health,