During a recent conversation with a client, she shared that she is constantly having strong hunger and she can't stop eating. She felt like she was a servant to her cravings and they were taking control over her life. Diets didn't work for her and she felt deprived and powerless. She knew she shouldn't be eating processed sugars, drink soda or eat fried foods, and yet she continued doing that. I know that many people have similar issues - they want to release extra weight and get in better shape, but they have challenges in control their food impulses. If this is your challenge, I invite you to explore another approach to gaining control and releasing weight.
A few days ago a friend of mine was staying at my house when he pointed out that my dog, Snoop, was out of control when it came to barking at the door when he heard any noise from the outside. Every time Snoop would hear anyone in the lobby, he would run and start his new rant. During his stay, my friend took time to train Snoop by a combination of distracting Snoop's attention, calming him down or just simply commanding him to stop with reasonable force.
When I started to feel bad for Snoop when he had to obey, my friend explained that it is better for Snoop than letting him do what he wants. By taking control, I allow Snoop to feel that he is safe and that I am in control. Also, it keeps him out of potential danger from strangers who may get annoyed with his loud bark. Essentially, by taking control of the situation, I make everyone happier - Snoop, myself and my neighbors.
If you want to release extra weight, determine who you want to control your life -- your hunger and addiction to processed foods or your heart and your determination to be healthy and happy. When you want to reach for fatty, sugary or processed foods, choose to either:
- Sooth yourself by talking to yourself before following the impulse. Find out what emotion has triggered the craving and let yourself know that it is just a feeling and you don't have to follow it every time.
- Remind yourself that you deserve better foods and go for the best quality products
- Distract yourself by focusing on other things and activities that will make you feel great without damaging your health
- Take control. Remind yourself that certain foods can destroy your health.
It is your choice, whether you allow your cravings take charge or you stop them immediately. Hunger and cravings need to be trained. Yes, it may take some time, but it will be worth the effort. After a few weeks, it will become a habit to care for your body and as a result you will feel amazing physically and emotionally. You will also feel empowered. I know for a If my dog can remain calm when he hears the neighbors in the lobby without running to the door with a barking fest, then anyone can easily pass by food displays without an urge to attack the french fries and the pastries.