How to Cope With Your Inner Food Critic
Every day that I eat EnergyRich? Food, I get almost instantaneous results.
It's wonderful: I feel good about myself, I am productive in my work, I am available
for my friends and family. These days are the rockin' days and make me all warm
and fuzzy inside.
But I want to level with you that every day isn't all brown rice, greens and life as
the Confidence Queen. In fact, here are a few excerpts of moments I've
experienced over the past few weeks:
"I NEED a chocolate chip cookie."
"Well, even though it's a cookie - at least it's organic."
"I'll take a walk, no, I'll go to the gym, no I'll do stretches, no I'll ?"
And, about a recent dinner out: "I'll take the curly fries" (Here's a tip folks... when
you are eating at a diner with your 83 year old grandpa, just have a few fries.)
And there are more!
For example, I had an amazing piece of chocolate cake while out to eat on vacation,
but I also took a few bites, asked for a to-go carton and then ate the rest over the
next three days . But at least 5 different times I found myself on the edge of upset
that every bite wasn't really what I would call an EnergyRich? choice.
Got An Inner Food Critic? You're Not Alone
Now, hear me out: I'm not writing this article just to let you know that everything I
write and coach my clients on is actually a fraud. I'm writing this to let YOU know
that if you get moments like these, you're surely not alone. You're human.
I learned fast and hard that the more you take care of yourself and reach the
peak of self success, the easier it is to deal with moments of self-sabotage.
They become bleeps, rather than black-outs.
As the saying goes, "Victory is sweetest when you've known defeat." You've got to
experience it, learn from it, move on, and do it less the next time around? IF, of
course, you are really interested in making a true change and living your most
Whether you're a high powered executive, stay at home mom, leader, follower,
single, or married... you WILL have moments of, what I call, "Difficult Execution". The
more energized you get, the bigger your life becomes. The more "out there" you
feel, the more attractive you are and the less room there will be for moments of
"Snack Magic", street-fair lemonade, and days without greens. Your body will allow
it less and less. Trust me.
Don't Be So Hard On Yourself
Between you and me, I've had Inner Food Critic moments in the past that have
brought me to tears. It's a big part of what brought me to this work in the first
place. Now, when I'm starting to hear that not-so-helpful inner voice, I take myself
out for a walk, and take a long stroll along the Hudson River Pathway. It clears my
head and reminds me why I make the body choices I do - because I LOVE feeling
good in my skin, breathing clearly, sharing what I know, teaching, and inspiring
others to be living EnergyRich?. It's important to me that I walk my talk;
not just to avoid being a hypocrite, but because I truly believe this: we all deserve to
be feeling and doing our best (I even imagine world changes coming from this!)
I used to think it was only me. I would share my experiences of berating myself
about a food choice and "friends" would just tell me I was silly, but after I began to
change my food (and coincidentally my friends) and started working with clients
who wanted to feel good about their food choices, I found myself letting people
know that they are not the only ones who feel this way - all of the time! It just helps
to be heard. And of course I remind each person not to be "so hard on yourself".
Instead, get educated about what your body needs, the best way to go about getting
it, make sure you have on-going support and then watch those voices fade away
into little squeaks instead of screams.
Honestly, I still have trouble when a voice pops up; I always feel an "ouch" when I
give myself a self-jab, but then I breathe deeply, and tell myself that it's just a
moment, I know what is best for my body, and it really is all absolutely just fine.
Here's What to Do
What I HAVE learned is that if your Inner Food Critic gets nasty with you, don't sink
to its level. Remember that as a self-empowered person, you're in charge, not the
food. I typically handle it via one of these three methods:
? acknowledge the craving, the urge, the desire (it makes a difference to call it what
? give it a name (for some of my clients putting food choices on a scale of 1 - 10
makes a big impact)
? go through a list of options (what is your body telling you? Can this be satisfied
Through these navigation moments, remember the big picture of why you started
changing your food and life in the first place. It was likely to gain ease and
confidence while increasing your energy and improving your health. Your life is
always on the line. After all, you only get one body, right?
You may want to lash out and rebel against all of it, but in the long run, it ALWAYS
pays to make the EnergyRich? choice.
Encourage Useful Comments!
Don't forget to welcome constructive guidance with open arms! Remember, it is
about living your most energized life so you want to take in new ideas and shed the
old, but you can do it all while feeling good and getting support.
A client recently told me, "Heather, we have only been working together 2 months
and I really need to thank you for the inspiration and making me aware of the food
that I am eating. I don't think I would have gotten the same result just by reading
books and magazines myself. A friendly personal adviser really helps. Thanks!"
Just remember you don't need to be screamed at (by you or anyone else) to make a
change : )
To Your Health and Success, Heather
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