Let’s start with putting one leg into your big girl pants — I eat healthily. Ok, I eat healthy for the most part. Not always, but usually. I mean, I KNOW what’s good and what’s bad, and I do my best. Well, sort of.
Ah, doesn’t that already make you feel better?
Now the other leg — There are definitely foods I eat because I’m stressed/upset/bored/happy. Who doesn’t, right?
Pull up big girl pants — Ok, ok, I know I said I ate wild-caught salmon and spinach for lunch, but I left out the double shot peppermint mocha with whipped cream I had 20 minutes later. (I deserved a treat, it’s been a tough day!)
Thaaaaat’s it, keep it coming.
Button and zip yo’ self up — Alriiiiiiiight… I admit it, I don’t eat as healthy as I THINK I do, and YES, there are things I eat that I know I shouldn’t eat.
AH-HA! And there you have it.
Doesn’t it feel good to come clean?
Eating healthy can be difficult. It can feel overwhelming. It can be daunting to admit that yes, you want to lose weight and you’re ready to come clean about your eating, but it can be scary as hell because all you’re thinking is, Great, now I have to revamp everything, empty the pantry and go vegan if I want to get serious about losing weight.
No more fun.
We tend to do that. We tend to go a little overboard when we feel we’ve reached our limit and things have gotten so bad, that we’ve been in denial for so long that now everything has to change. And we’re panicked.
We think throwing out the baby with the bathwater is the only solution.
Important note: When you go about changing everything, you end up changing nothing.
You can’t completely wipe the slate clean and begin again. If you did, you’d be trying out one diet after another, losing weight and then gaining it back only to lose it again. And then gain back even more.
Wait, that’s what’s happening, isn’t it?
Don’t wipe the slate clean. Begin where you are and do this instead.
Pick three food items you know you shouldn’t be eating, but you’re eating anyway, and give them up for one week. (It’s only 7 days.)
Addicted to coffee? Unsure if your artificial sweetener is “natural”? Sliced bread a daily staple in your lunchtime routine? Deli meats every day? Are French fries still showing up on your plate? Sweetened, low-fat yogurt your go-to snack?
Take a week off from the calorie counting, and instead focus on wholesome, nutritious foods that are as little processed as possible. That may mean leaving behind your low-fat food items (since the fat is merely replaced with sugar and salt to make it taste better).
Truth be told, no one knows better than you what it is you eat on a daily basis, what foods you looooove and can’t live without, what foods you crave, desire, dream about, salivate over, and ultimately over-indulge in. You also know best what it is you shouldn’t be eating. So, big girl pants on, it’s time to admit to yourself that while you know you shouldn’t be eating them, you are eating them, and it’s time to stop eating them.
Start there. And if three is too big of a number for you right now, start with one. After one week, check-in with yourself and ask, was it really as bad as I thought it would be?
Chances are it sucked at first, but after the magical day three, it didn’t seem so bad after all.
Keep building on that. Add in more healthy while you take away the not so healthy and watch how your body will respond, because it will. Over time (yes, it will take time) you will notice a difference.
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AM Costanzo is a motivational junkie, loves a-ha moments, and works hard to help women feel strong, powerful and downright fabulous in body and mind!