“Ugh. I can’t believe I ate that whole cake, my diet begins tomorrow.”
“Wow, I’m so lazy. I didn’t work out again.”
“I have no self-control. I just can’t eat healthy.”
Do any of these thoughts sound familiar?
These are actual thoughts I used to have on a daily basis.
Time and time again my clients come to me with these same thoughts repeating over and over in their head.
We are all so judgmental and critical of ourselves.
It’s really time that we just give ourselves a break.
We are human. We are hard-working, busy, stressed out, and exhausted most of the time and it’s about time we start to take care of ourselves and just let ourselves off the hook every now and then.
You may be thinking that being judgmental and hard on yourself is what keeps you accountable on your health journey, but I’m going to ask you to put that thought on pause for a moment.
First of all, Is it working for you? Are you consistently eating healthy and working out?
I know for most of my clients this is not the case, so if it isn’t working perhaps a new way of thinking may be just what you need.
The truth is being judgmental and critical of ourselves all of the time is simply not empowering.
Most of the time our judgments leave us feeling discouraged, mad, and sad.
And when you’re feeling discouraged, mad, or sad - do you really feel like eating a salad or working out?
Most likely, the answer is no.
When we beat ourselves up for eating that whole bag of chips or that box of donuts, we are more likely to continue making less than healthy choices later on as well.
In my own personal experience, if I were to eat one “bad” thing, I would just end up saying, “Well, I suck, might as well eat some pizza and have some chocolate and start eating health tomorrow”. I would basically use the junk food as a way to comfort myself from my own judgements.
The thing is when we move away from judging ourselves for every little choice we make and move toward awareness and curiosity we aren’t left feeling defeated and we’re able to move on and make the next best choice for ourselves in the present moment.
When we are aware and curious of our choices, it is way more empowering to move forward making healthier choices more often than not.
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HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO HELP YOU MOVE AWAY FROM JUDGEMENT & START FEELING MORE EMPOWERED TODAY:
Bless your food. Before eating, practice gratitude for your food. Appreciate what you have out front of you and realize the energy that this food will bring to your body.
Be curious. Ask yourself questions such as “Am I really hungry?” “Is this food what I truly desire?” “How am I feeling while I eat this?” “What lead me to eating this food?” By being curious, you are staying present in the moment and you are able to move away from judgement.
Choose again. If you start to judge your choices or feel bad about having negative thoughts about what you are eating simply choose again. Choose a different thought. You may think “I have no will power” and then catch yourself and transform that thought into “I wonder why I don’t believe I have will power to make the best decision for myself”. This simple change in thinking can really go a long way.
Use affirmations. Positive affirmations are a great way to train your mind to move away from negative and judgmental thoughts. You can choose a few affirmations and practice saying them daily or when you notice yourself starting to judge. A few great examples are “Nourishing myself is a joyful experience and I am worthy of the time spent on my healing” or “Every decision I make is the right one for me”.
Be compassionate. Have compassion for yourself and your choices. Stop beating yourself up and practice self-kindess and compassion for your naturally human, imperfect, beautiful self.
Meditate & observe your thoughts.
Start a journal to track your thoughts on a daily basis.
Use affirmations or mantras to shift your thoughts.
Schedule call with me & see how I can help you transform your thoughts from judgment to compassion.