How often do carb foods call your name?
If you are like me you tend to crave something sweet after a meal or in the evening. I love chocolate candies or ice cream but if I have them in the house anywhere I really have a hard time not overeating them.
Unfortunately the added sugar foods and processed snack foods are a big part of the reason we have trouble with the our waistline.
So is going on a low carb diet the answer?
Besides, you have probably been there done that. Diets are temporary.The key is to change the way we think about the foods we choose.
Do we need to change our mindset first? I don’t think we have a realistic concept of how much sugar and refined carb foods we actually eat or drink these days. In a way we are “sugar coating” our thinking about how healthy we are eating. Even those of us who should know better struggle with this! Yes that is me admitting I eat too much refined carbohydrate, mainly sugar. But because I also eat many healthy foods, sometimes I ignore that reality.
So as I practice mindful eating lately, I am becoming more aware of my sugar intake and trying to be really honest with myself asking . . . just how much sweets am I really eating compared to what’s healthy for me? Do I need to look at my overeating triggers?
Our thoughts lead to our actions so before we can change our eating habits we need to change our thoughts about our eating habits. Ask yourself these questions and take a minute to really think about your answers:
Are your thoughts about food helpful or harmful?
Are you respecting your body and your health?
Are you taking care of yourself so you can take care of others and help others?
The stress and emotional ups and downs of life are a big trigger for overeating. Are you eating to put off doing things you don’t want to do or are you feeding an emotion that you don’t want to face?
Have you thought about what you are putting in your body and the effect it has?
Make the connection. This can be a turning point towards long term healthier eating habits. When you think about it, foods are either helping to heal and fight disease in our body, or are they causing inflammation. Think of inflammation as a flame causing pain, redness, swelling – like what happens when we get a cut or mosquito bite or bee sting. That’s inflammation.
Too much sugar or refined snack foods create inflammation but it’s inside your body and you don’t know it unless you are paying attention to how you feel. Start thinking about that concept when you make your food choices, instead of making excuses for eating it or thinking about it as good or bad. Just connect with the reality of what that food might be doing in your body and how it makes you feel physically. Don’t judge yourself or beat yourself up if it’s not a nutritious food. Just become more aware. Then see if it starts to affect what or how much you choose to eat over time.
When I eat foods that are healthier I feel good mentally and physically because I think of those foods as medicine with natural vitamins and nutrients that help heal my body. If I am really connecting and caring about my body then the desire to put healing foods into my body comes from within, rather than outside rules coming from the latest diet.
I would love to hear your experiences and comments on this idea!