Hello, Beauties! Saying Never again like you mean it. What makes that list for you? My list includes: being pregnant, living inland away from water and white bread. Don’t laugh, white bread is the inspiration for this blog:
Saying “Never again” like you mean it
First and foremost, you will never bump into me in the grocery store and see white bread in my basket. It is virtually invisible to me despite the fact that it gets so much shelf space. Mostly, I don’t give it much thought.
Until. . .
a few weeks ago a loaf of white bread got left behind after a social event. I almost threw it away because it elicits such a strong response from me. I would NEVER put white bread in my mouth. It ended up sitting on top of a storage rack where it still sits today, three weeks later.
It’s not that white bread is “bad”. Some people love white bread. The value is the response it produces. There is no mind drama about whether I will eat it or not. It’s a solid, non-negotiable NO.
What if other foods, especially ones you overeat or cannot resist, made your list of “Never again”? Really let that sink in. You’re at a party. As you come in, you see your favorite chips in a see-thru bowl in the center of the table.
That involuntary flinch you just had reading this is exactly what happens as you start doing one of two things:
I was good all day. I’ll only eat a few. Crap, I can’t resist those.
Do NOT eat them. I mean it! Just stay away from the food- all of it.
I bet something similar has happened to you. And usually on a day that you’ve been “really good”. So how do you get to Saying “Never again” about foods that add weight to your body?
Start by tapping into the thoughts about something already on your list. The reasons you say “Never Again” are based on something you think. Something you believe!
I’ll never eat white bread because I believe:
It tastes like cardboard. It’s bad for my body.
I also associate it with growing up. My mother was a wizard stretching a small budget to feed 5 people. White bread was what my dad liked and cheaper than the wheat bread I saw at my friends’ houses and wanted so bad.
In retrospect, it’s clear I associated white bread with scarcity and wheat bread with wealth. As crazy as that sounds to my grown-up brain, that thought is still in play when I see a loaf of white bread.
In this case, my entrenched thought serves me. I easily say NO to bread. But what if your thoughts are driving you to eat foods that make your body gain weight?
The Good News is:
you are not stuck with the thoughts that show up automatically. . .
unless you decide to continue believing them.
Challenging thoughts that appear to be fact takes courage.
Being courageous requires knowing how to allow awkward without acting on it.
If you’re leaning in, saying teach me, I hope you can see my ear to ear smile.
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Love you my Voluptuous Beauties!