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Changing Our Desire –
I want you to try something for me.
I want you to imagine you have your favorite “junk food” or candy in front of you right now. Maybe your favorite food is pizza, and you eat it more then you probably should. Imagine it’s directly in front of you. Imagine you haven’t eaten in 24 hours and you’re starving. Imagine how great it would be to just reach out and stuff yourself with your favorite food. Close your eyes and really experience the feelings you have while you’re eating it.
Now I want you to imagine your favorite food, but this time, I want you to imagine it has toxic waste all over it.
Imagine that if you were to eat this food, you would immediately be poisoned to death. If this is too much of a stretch, imagine your favorite food, but imagine it has been sitting out for days, or it’s spoiled, or it has something on top of it that makes it completely undesirable.
Did you notice how your thought process changed?
Did you notice how you immediately couldn’t imagine yourself eating your favorite food?
Did you notice how one detail completely changed your desire? How your desire disappeared completely?
That’s because we all have the ability to control the level at which we desire things at any given time. You can use this thought process any time you want. You can use this method of thinking if you’re having a hard time limiting foods that you love, that are calorically high, and low in nutrients.
Food Control –
Our minds are incredibly powerful.
Don’t let food control you.
I’m not saying you should completely eliminate your favorite food from your diet, just because it may not be considered the healthiest option available. I’m just saying; don’t let yourself be controlled by the food you eat. It’s okay to eat pizza and ice cream occasionally. It’s not okay to eat pizza and ice cream every night. It’s not okay for pizza and ice cream to control you, or your actions.
Never eliminate something you love to eat cold turkey, unless you absolutely want to, and have no problem doing so. If you get to the point where soda doesn’t taste as good as it used to (because you’ve been drinking a lot more water and you feel much more hydrated), by all means – get rid of it. But don’t quit something you’re used to eating and expect it to last forever. You’re setting yourself up for failure. You’re going to crave it, and want it immediately. It’s not realistic. It’s not sustainable. If you’re eating brownies every day, and you’re trying to lose weight, consider having a brownie once a week.
Notice how you feel when you limit the foods that are high in calories, instead of completely eliminating them. You won’t immediately crave those particular foods with ferociousness.
Test your impulses. It’s difficult at first, but it does get easier with practice and patience.