Own Your Food Choices

I own my food choice. Really. Own them.

Do you ever barter with yourself? Make deals, trades or swaps related to food?

“Okay, self, I’ll turn down dessert today… but I’m gonna collect on the weekend.”

With this mindset, one “good deed” gives you license to “go all out” elsewhere. But these trades don’t pay off — they usually just amount to a lot of mental energy that zaps your ability to making tough decisions. In fact they often create a self - sabotaging environment. In the end you end up overeating with a large dose of guilt to follow.

Look, we all do this at times. Trading off “good” and “bad”, thinking there is “good” and “bad” foods. All while you imagine a little angel and devil on your shoulder convicting or congratulating you.

Mind games like this undermine your health goals — and your authority over your decisions.

My solution: I started owning my choices, and letting my deeper values and core principles guide me when I sit down to eat.

I started making food decisions by acknowledging the outcome I would expect, based on my experience. For example:

“I’m choosing to eat this tub of ice cream on Saturday night. I’ll probably feel nauseated and anxious afterwards. In this instance, I’m fine with it.”

Or at another time, "I am going to avoid hanging out with ‘so and so’ because when I do, I tend to eat way too much as we gab the night away. I know this might offend ‘so and so’ but I will do my best to explain my choices to them and be fine with the outcome.”

In the end, own your choices: Don’t assign them a good or a bad. You’re free to eat and drink anything you want. You choose your behavior.

Just remember that different choices produce different outcomes.

What's your call today?

Coach Nancy

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