We all have days where we just can’t seem to keep it together.
I used to constantly “fall off the wagon” every Thursday and like clockwork, I’d begin my next diet on Monday.
It was an endless cycle that just wouldn’t end.
A while back I read this post “Have you “fallen off the wagon?” by the lovely Isabel Foxen Duke and it made me re-think the way I was approaching my healthy eating and diet mentality.
What wagon was I constantly falling off of?
Well, my own self-created wagon of course.
Not only was I creating the “wagon”, but I was inevitably creating my own demise by having a wagon in the first place.
The thing is when we restrict and try to “diet”, we are often setting ourselves up for disappointment. We set such high expectations that when we seem to veer off even just slightly, we instantly feel like we were bad or that we lack motivation.
When we tell ourselves we are “bad” or when we feel disappointed in ourselves it is demotivating. This is when we end up feeling so awful that we just want more cookies, chips, or other highly processed foods.
The last thing we need is to feel demotivated, am I right?
So, you’re probably wondering, well then what the heck do I do?
Here are 3 Tips to Stop Feeling like You Slipped Up
Stop dieting - I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again... Dieting does not work. Research proves that it doesn’t work. Ask yourself, Have you had real lasting success with dieting yet? If you need more help with this one, read this post just for you!
Release judgement - Let go of the self-imposed lines you’ve drawn around food and stop judging each choice you make. Try to come from a place of curiosity instead of judgment. Say to yourself, “This is interesting. I’m feeling tired and sad and craving chocolate cake.” You will learn a whole lot more from being curious about the choices you make than from being a harsh critic. If you just can’t stop the judgment, head over here for more tips.
Change your thoughts - Your thoughts create your feelings which create your actions. Example: If you think “Shoot, I fell off the wagon again!! I suck!”. This will leave you feeling sad, mad, or guilty, which then usually leads you to binge-eat your feelings away. Instead, practice positive thinking and/or affirmations. A great affirmation I love is "Food is not the enemy and I thank the food I eat for nourishing me." The important part to remember about affirmations is that they only work when you believe them and when you practice saying them. So find an affirmation that you actually believe and practice saying it daily. Click here to get my list of my favorite affirmations!
Remember, this is a big mindset shift so be patient with yourself. If you want a little more help with changing your mindset in this area, I highly recommend checking out these books Health at Every Size, Body Respect, & Intuitive Eating.