A few blog posts ago I was mentioning a book I had started reading called Nourishing Wisdom. “The Good, the “Bad”, and The Ugly (If you click on the highlighted part I link back to that last post in case you missed it) It is a fantastic book that has hit on quite a few points that have struck major cords with me. I wanted to follow up on them before I strayed too far from it!
There were 2 other points that I left out of that last post because I thought they deserved a blog post on their very own!! Powerful stuff I tell you.
Here they are:
1) Working a boring job you might find yourself hungrier then usual; food serves either to calm us down or activate our interest when we feel unfulfilled.
2) There are 5 Key Factors that play a roll in our food desires and changes: Lifestyle, Environment, Season, Age, and Health.
I completely relate to these two on a very deep level. Why? Because I’ve lived them both!! I was in a job about 3 years ago now where I was severely unhappy. I had big plans to stick with it long enough to save some money and then move forward. Then I got fired. Which turned out to be a blessing in disguise as this job was so unbelievably toxic. But never the less, while at the job, I began gaining a lot of weight. I was mindlessly eating just to fill this major void and mask my unhappiness. Then about a year and a half later, I was at a different point in my life where I was unemployed and also extremely unhappy because of being unemployed and broke (go figure) and therefore basically eating whatever I could find just to fill the void which then leads to being more unhappy. It’s a vicious cycle. In any case, I gained back even more weight after losing quite a bit.
When you’re unhappy you inevitably gravitate towards sweet or salty processed foods because we view them as comfort foods. These then spin the chemicals in our heads which make us feel happy, momentarily, so we want more. Then we fall out of our healthy regimes like working out, going out with friends, being outside. So our lifestyles then change. Not to mention as we get older our metabolisms slow down. I’ve lived every single “key factor” that is mentioned. So now what does one do?? We set intentions for ourselves, we re-organize, set goals, call a friend and tell them what you’re goals are to hold you accountable. You make a Game Plan!! Setting yourself up for success rather then failure sets the ball rolling. Yes, you very well will slip up and falter a few times. What matters is this, that you get up and TRY! Keep going forward, because ultimately after a few tries you WILL succeed!!! Make a chart for yourself like we had in pre-school, for every time you make it to the gym or eat clean all day you get a star. When you get a whole consecutive week filled you go reward yourself with a manicure or movie with a friend!
That’s all I got for today 🙂
So go get ’em my lovely followers! Make a list, make a game plan and by all means share them with me!! 🙂 I’d love to hear from you!