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Food Fabulous

Notes from midlife

How to disappear bad food habits

If you're struggling with your weight, I'm betting that you have got some bad food habits going on. It's not just the knowledge of WHAT to eat. Knowledge – surprisingly – isn't what makes the biggest difference when you're trying to lose weight (and this is why everyone who wants to lose weight really needs a coach!).

How to get rid of those bad habits

You might not like this, but that’s the way it goes with tough love. Getting rid of bad habits is ONLY about taking responsibility. You see, it’s all very easy filing all of this under ‘well, it’s my habits’… And then leaving it where it is. "I would change, but it’s a habit” (and similar). It is astonishingly easy in life to make excuses like this to less ourselves off the hook. Isn’t it? What are the examples in your life where you do that?

Another thing to just try on while we are at it is that in life generally, our generation (compared to that of our parents) is of the view that everything needs to be lovely and comfortable. No. That is NOT how it works when you’re trying to change a habit – or do anything new.

Why is it so hard to break bad food habits?

You should know that to have anything new in your life, you will need to be prepared to get uncomfortable. This is what it feels like when you are not operating from ‘business as usual’. Doesn’t matter whether it’s changing a habit to do with food or whether it’s getting to grips with a new job, driving a new car. Whatever.

There's a new sheriff in town...

In the scheme of your bad food habits, ‘business as usual’ might be “every night I have a little sweet snack – I just can’t stop it”. It WILL be uncomfortable to change this. That’s how this stuff works. And you have a choice in the matter. Just saying.

But, back to now, be with it ‘there’s a new sheriff in town’ and that sheriff says ‘we don’t do that any more’. Yes, eating biscuits at 9pm was the OLD way. That’s in the past. Don’t make it wrong. And we don’t do that any more.

What to say to yourself to stop eating 'bad' food...

You WILL find yourself automatically gravitating back to the sweet stuff – at least to start with – because you are on autopilot. When you enter the kitchen and get within 5 feet of the cupboard where the goodies are stored, be all “we don’t do that any more”.

Often, just catching yourself in the moment is all you need.

That feeling will pass. A little breathing exercise will help and I don’t mean all yoga breathing (though, if you know that stuff, of course go ahead). I just mean breathing slowly in and slowly out again – for about 30 seconds to a minute. And that feeling is gone.

But for now, I want to share this with you. All the coaches I know need to watch this themselves from time to time (myself included). They KNOW the truth of it….

Tell me, what’s your worst habit? What came up for you out of doing this practice or watching the video?


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