A protein-packed ever so tasty breakfast in bed. Bacon & cheese omelette. You can’t get much better than this…especially when it’s made for you!
We all know what to do; what foods we should eat. Perhaps we need a little help with how much of those foods we should eat, what interesting recipes we can combine them into and how we can vary them over the week. Sometimes we need a reminder of the physics but often it’s that isn’t enough.
The more people I speak to about losing weight the more I realise there is another big factor at play. I’ve had to lose weight, or size as I prefer to think of it a few times now. The first time was due to sustaining an unhealthy lifestyle for a year, the other times were after significantly inactive pregnancies (for medical reasons not health reasons). So I know how it feels to be overweight, to be heavy, too big for your favourite clothes or too heavy for running. Wondering who the fat person is in the mirror at the gym and then realising it’s your reflection doesn’t feel good. I know the daily grind, the repeated questioning of your meal choices every day. It’s exhausting. Then the more exhausted you feel the harder it is to pick yourself up again and carry on. Carry on with your healthy choices; carry on picking up a pear not a chocolate bar.
This all led me to think; If only I could reprogram my brain! Hardwire it to somehow automatically choose the better option. To take away the stress of thinking and choosing and deciding. That’s what I call emotional fitness. It starts with working out what is the best food, when to eat it and how much of it to eat. This is followed by finding the motivation to actually do it, then maintain doing it. That’s the hard part. Maintaining it. Particularly on days when you don’t really see a difference to your shape. Those are the days you need to stick with it though.
So how about we all put our minds together and try to come up with some ideas of how to maintain emotional fitness. How do you keep yourself motivated to eat well? Let me know! Perhaps I’ll even do a study on it..
Clean your fridge out…it makes your cucumbers all fresh and sparkly looking. Much more attractive! It also gives you a ‘fresh’ start and renewed pride in your culinary choices. You can see what you have in your fridge, throw some old jars out and fill it with fresh, healthy, tasty goodies.
Use baking (bicarb) soda and lemon juice – the bicarb soda absorbs the bad smells, the lemon gives a fresh smell and dissolves grease and stains.
A happy fridge makes for a happy eater!
Nope that’s it, its all over for the cake devil. That goes for the biscuit devil too who randomly visited today. I don’t even like biscuits so why did I eat them? Because I’m still gaining control over the hunger.
There is, in my experience, a need to cross that line between hunger being a negative feeling and hunger being a friendly feeling. The term ‘hunger’ is an interesting one. We can be ‘hungry’ for food, ‘hungry’ for company, ‘hungry’ for knowledge. It’s a gap that needs to be filled. For good reason. If we are starving we become hungry and should eat. There’s an imbalance that occurs though. An over production of hydrochloric (stomach) acid and an under-sensitivity from the nerve endings in our stomachs. Our stomachs are stretched and used to feeling that size. It feels abnormal for it to be any smaller. Frustratingly, it occurs when we most need it to buckle up and do as its told.
Let’s face it, we all have an idea what we SHOULD eat (more on that later) but the gaining control of that hunger reflex is the true challenge. Allowing ourselves to enjoy food without stuffing ourselves. It’s an amazing feeling when you can allow yourself to indulge yet know when to stop…..
I’ll let you know when I’ve mastered it again