Thoughts create all of our actions & feelings. When you repeat healthy phrases (a.k.a. mantras) in your mind, healthy action will follow. Practice the following:
“Social sweets only.”
- For those with a sweet tooth: Instead of eating sweets whenever/wherever and feeling guilty about it – save the experience for when you’re in a fun social setting.
“Delay, don’t deprive.”
- For excess snacking/midnight munchies: Tell yourself to delay eating until later. By understanding that you are not ultimately depriving yourself of this food (just delaying it), you become satisfied with the mental agreement and the craving subsides.
“I WANT to ____.” (rather than “I should ___.”)
- For those who feel obligated to eat healthy: Take a positive approach by saying, “I want to eat oatmeal in the morning because it fills me up and makes me feel healthy”…rather than “I should eat oatmeal in the morning because that’s the healthy thing to do.”