Yes it is true, if I wanted to start a diet I would tell myself that first all this junk food would have to go. I couldn't throw it away, so why not eat it all. One last Hurrah. I would eat as much as I wanted, it was very sinful when I look back. I overindulged in such ways, it embarrasses me to think about it. So after I would eat all the junk food, I would then begin the diet that would never allow me to eat anything that I really wanted to eat or I would save all my points when doing weight watchers to eat all the unhealthy foods I wanted. Both leaving me starving and both leading me to want sweets more than ever. If was almost as if someone walked around saying " na na na na boo boo, you can't eat this". Neither of these options were leading me to a healthy balanced diet. Neither ever allowing me to break the love affair I had with sweets.
What I have learned in this past year of clean eating and drinking Shakeology, was how important it was going to be to change my mindset. Instead of constantly telling myself I couldn't eat something, I started saying silently to myself and inside my head " I can eat that, I am just choosing not to". Pretty simple, almost so simple you may think how could something like that work? The truth of the matter is, it did. I looked at it this way, if I really wanted something and I had not treated myself all week, then I would indulge (not overindulge-there is a difference). If I wanted something, but knew I had already treated myself that week and it really wouldn't be worth indulging in, then I would simply say in my head " I can have this, I am just choosing not too". Scary how mind blowing and powerful something simple can really be.
I also learned when my hormones may be out of balance or the cravings come back after indulging in a piece of cake or a bowl of ice cream as a treat, I have to fight the urge. Sometimes it's difficult and in those moments when I am weak and everyone is snacking around me, I will chose to make a Shakeology or make a Shakeology almond butter bar. I kid you not, if I have either of those I am good for the night. How could that be? Well it's because with all the vitamins and nutrients in Shakeology and I am giving my body everything that it needs or may be craving at that moment.
Right now I have a ton of amazing Easter Candy staring me in the face. " Eat Me" it says. " One won't hurt you" I hear. The truth of the matter is I had to get up from my chair and make some green decaf tea. I am still full for dinner and I do not need to eat any of this candy. I could, but I also know how I have a very difficult time stopping at just one piece (another weakness of mine). So I am drinking my green tea and sticking my tongue out at that candy (well mentally I am).
To anyone that has never had this battle with food or sweets, I say you are one lucky person. It's hard. To all of you that completely understand how I have felt, I want you to know you can overcome this too.
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