16 Jul The Two Words You Need To Ditch In Your Diet!
There are two words I often hear in my coaching. They are most often used when a client is describing how well he or she managed to incorporate the food strategies I’ve shared with them. It usually goes something like this: “I was so good for 5 days straight and then I just completely fell off track and was bad all weekend long!” Their expression often looks strained, ashamed, and embarrassed. But why? Why all the fuss about being good or bad? It’s not a healthy way to live, and if it is your goal to achieve and maintain optimal health for the long haul you’ll need to rid yourself of these two words. “Good” and “bad” have to go.
Most often, people describe themselves as “good” or “bad” as it relates to their food consumption. The reality though is that we are all good people, end of story. We may make poor choices, and fuel our body with foods that wreak havoc instead of supporting us in health. But this doesn’t make us a bad person, and we probably made the choice we made for a reason. Maybe it was a stressful day, or you found yourself tired during your afternoon meeting and gave into chocolate, or it was a special occasion so you ate a little more than you usually do. The bottom line is in each of these circumstances we have a choice.
It’s time to shift our mindset from guilt, restriction, and shame to freedom, and power. We each have the power to choose; and we also have the freedom to do so without guilt.
Here’s how you can make the shift happen. Begin by recognizing that you can make a conscious choice about how you want to participate, regardless of the situation. In any decision, whether it’s about food or life, ask yourself “What will it provide me to make this choice?”
By simply pausing, and asking yourself this question, you’ll be more apt to make a decision that will support you in health and happiness. Once the decision is made, own it, and move forward. No guilt, no regrets. And if by chance you realize it wasn’t the best decision for you at that time, take time to assess why. Understand the impact it had on you, learn from the situation and choose differently next time. No need to beat yourself up about it. None of us are perfect, but we can all learn each and every day and continue to grow.
Now, say your goodbyes, and step into your power and freedom!