Use food as your Warrior
during times of stress and emotion
Do you think of food as a way to energise your body?
Do you mindfully choose foods that have the nutrients to sustain you in whatever is going on in your life at that time?
If you're replying "Yes Julie, that's exactly how I think about food!!"
Then that's great, keep doing it!
If you're thinking "No! I don't have time for that" or "that's just not the relationship I have with food".
I'm here to help and in a moment I'm going to show you an easy and very effective 2 minute exercise to start to change that.
Maybe your relationship with food is that it's more of a comforter during times of boredom, stress or loneliness where you suddenly crave those sugary, fatty, processed foods.
When life gets stressful does weight loss/healthy eating get pushed to one side?
There are many reasons why people struggle to achieve or maintain their goal.
By far one of the of the most common frustrations I hear from clients is that during times of stress or high emotion they find it difficult to keep their focus on mindful, healthy eating.
During stressful times, they consider healthy eating or trying to lose weight as an extra task, an extra job to be done when they’re already feeling stretched and stressed.
Instead they crave for and give in to the sugary, processed, fatty foods.
This leaves them feeling lethargic, tired and demotivated and even worse than they felt in the first place.
So they crave even more and around the cycle goes.
Research has shown that the right types of food have many positive effects on the body and the brain and such foods can reduce anxiety and depression and can even help to prevent chronic illnesses.
With this easy, 2 minute exercise, I want to suggest that you start to invite healthy/mindful eating into your life as a support, rather than considering it an extra burden.
Here's how to start to do that:
Take a moment to choose to either close your eyes or, focus on an object or spot on the wall in front of you.
Take a deep breath in and slowly release this breath. [Do this up to 3 times]
Now, I want you to say to yourself:
"For me, nutritious food is my warrior during times of stress"
"I mindfully choose the foods that will give me the greatest strength and nourishment"
Slowly open your eyes (if you had chosen to close them) and come back to full awareness.
Practice this as often as you want. It's not possible to do it too much.
(Always remember: never do this exercise when driving or any other activity that needs your full attention).
Now, if you're thinking "this seems impossible for me", I understand, but I want to ask you to just do it anyway.
Even if you don't believe it straight away - do it anyway.
Choose to see nutritious food and healthy eating as a way to help you to cope with what life throws at you.
Feel the difference that doing this exercise already makes.
Hear that supportive voice in your mind changing how you think about food.
Now, of course, you can change these sentences to be what is more meaningful and important for you.
Just always remember to keep it positive!
And remember, even if you don't believe it at first - do it anyway!
Every single time you do this 2 minute exercise you're reprogramming your brain to change how you feel about weight loss and healthy eating.
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