How do I know this? BEEN THERE/DONE THAT. I was a slave to food and a binge eater for many years and this was a very unhealthy lifestyle.Those were the days I thought of nothing else but my next meal. Restrictive eating for weeks and then boom one day I had enough of that and then my brain as well as emotions went haywire and I would eat until I could not breath. Once I slowly began to learn that I could eat what I wanted it was like REALLY. I learned that I could say NO, have it later and then take a sigh of relief, I could slowly breathe again. Today, while I practice being mindful I still have my days of wanting to eat everything that I smell and see but I know I can make choices and that I am responsible for those choices. For some of you who are used to eating on or off this sounds crazy but I can be confident in telling you give yourself one day of freedom. I can honestly say that basically I eat what I want in a sensible way. It works almost every time because I think about it MINDFULLY. I began to eat this way after many years of dieting, feeling depressed, losing/gaining weight constantly and feeling like I could never feel good about myself. Most of you know what I mean by this, letting food control our every move almost daily. While I was on those crazy diets, (I have been on all of them) I would stay on program but when I went off I would eat everything in sight. Today while I can have ice cream whenever I want it, I only think about having it rarely because I can have it any time I want it. This is is how powerful our minds once we decide to start to change our way of thinking. Today, I very rarely have battles in my head fighting my daily choices and that is a GREAT place to be.
The research is now showing us that mindful eating is the new way to eat. YOU will be making choices that you can think about and live with and not just eat out of emotions setting yourself up for a binge leading to feeling like a failure and just feeling horrible. I know so many women who have told me that once they allowed themselves to just eat they lost weight because they could have any foods any time and where not restricted to some crazy food program making themselves crazy. So, while you may think it is not that simple, it really is, make a DECISION and stick to it, the choice is YOURS!!!! Let me know how you did once you get through one day! Remember, YOU CAN DO THIS!