There’s no denying that food and mood are connected. If you’re anything like many people I know, you gravitate toward that yummy piece of cake, a handful of cookies, or that candy bar hidden in the drawer of your desk when emotions are at their highest point. But did you ever wonder WHY this tends to happen? Let’s take a look at that for a moment.
From the moment we were brought into this world, we’ve learned to associate food with emotions. As an infant, we cried out for soothing affection and our cries were answered with our mother’s milk or bottle filled with formulated milk. We celebrate special occasions with food (holidays, weddings, graduations, birthdays). We’ve been conditioned to use food to express, suppress, and deal with our varied emotions.
But here’s the problem: Instead of eating to live, we’ve instinctively learned over the years to eat as a way of coping with life. And in the fast-paced lifestyle of the 21st century, this is a mounting problem that’s working against many, many people. The way we eat as Americans–fast food restaurants on every corner offering burgers, fries, pizza, shakes, and 1/2 gallon soft drinks as a “Big Gulp” makes it seem nearly impossible to do the opposite, which is to prepare healthy meals at home. But if we don’t make a conscious shift to change things, the human race as we know it will likely dwindle to nothing.
Want to know how you can break the food/mood cycle? Here are 3 simple steps you can take TODAY to get started on a better path:
- DECIDE. Make a decision today that you’re ready to change your life an begin anew. Nothing ever changes without a committed decision first.
- SEEK SUPPORT. Contrary to popular belief, there’s no such thing as “quick and easy weight loss”. And that’s especially true when you don’t have the support you need to stay accountable for your actions. Get the support you need to stay on track and learn new behaviors to replace the old.
- THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX. Recognize that the mainstream way of eating and living is not supportive of healthy and whole living, and begin to learn what it is that others who live healthy lifestyles are doing to keep trim and fit. You can’t keep doing the same things over and over again and expect a different result. How’s that workin’ for ya’, by the way?
Are you ready to break the cycle of the food and mood connection so you can lose weight, feel great and live a life that’s healthy and WHOLE? Yes? Well let’s get you started by getting the support you need. Contact me for a private Health and Wellness Acceleration Call. Your body, mind, and spirit will love you for it!