Those of us who struggle with feeling sane around food can be highly affected by this constant barrage of “special” sweet treats. The opportunity to indulge is cheap, easy and right under our noses, creating no small amount of cognitive dissonance…
We want to eat the candy AND we don’t want to eat the candy.
Let’s take a deeper look so we can better deal with the sweet treat parade and stop torturing ourselves.
I. “I’m going to miss out if I don’t (over)indulge.”
Everything looks so delicious and special…it only comes around once a year…
Let’s challenge this idea and turn it on its head. What if you begin to ask yourself:
“What will I miss out on if I DO (over)indulge?”
- My goals and dreams of vibrant health are farther away
- My confidence to live reasonably with food is shaken
- My energy is lower – I feel heavy and tired
- My mind is less peaceful – I feel disappointed and regretful
Think about what you’ll miss out on if heavily marketed and ever-present “special” treats are driving your bus instead of your true and deep desire to feel great in that body of yours.
You’ll miss out on…
- The realization that YOUR LIFE is a special occasion and you can show up for it feeling healthy and fit
- The empowering feeling of a growing freedom and balance around food
- The knowledge that YOU are in charge and no longer under the spell of commercial forces and special occasions
- The gift of growing vibrant health and energy – in your mind as well as your body
II. “But everybody else gets to eat all they want.”
Feeling like the only one who isn’t eating “all I want” certainly can feel like unfair deprivation.
But is this really true? Let’s challenge this myth…
The truth is that people who feel energetic in their body are not going to over indulge – at least not very often. They usually eat exactly what they want – but since they don’t like feeling stuffed and heavy, they eat a few bites of their favorites and that’s that. It simply isn’t true that everybody is going to eat tons of candy.
So as the Easter candy is showing up on the shelves, take a deep relaxing breath and know that it has no “special” power over you.
We’re challenging long held beliefs about our need to overindulge.
We’re replacing old worn-out life-draining beliefs (left over from our dieting days) with strong liberating life-giving ones – because our lives are very special occasions indeed!