Do you ever find yourself labeling foods as ‘good’ or ‘bad’?
We have all been there, right?
‘Chocolate after dinner, how naughty!’
‘I’ve been really good today, I’ve had nothing but vegetables’.
But labeling certain foods or behaviors around food, may be damaging your mindset.
Why Does This Matter?
Having a good mindset when it comes to food is key for feeling content with what you’re putting into your body each day. This helps keep you on track with your weight loss goals.
Let’s look at an example…
Have you ever told yourself ‘no chocolate for a week’ only to find you’re thinking about nothing but chocolate!!
Until you finally give in and feel immense guilt for having ‘failed’?
So often when certain foods are restricted, we look for ‘healthier’ alternatives and these usually don’t hit the spot…
This then brings on the mindset that you have ‘failed’ for the day. Now if you’re like most of our clients, this leads to behavior like…
‘What the heck’ I may as well keep up this failure by eating whatever I want and then start again tomorrow (or on Monday!).
What To Do About It
To avoid this happening again and again, try cutting out the restrictions.
Do your best to avoid labeling foods as ‘good’, ‘bad’, ‘naughty’ or ‘healthy’
This will feel uncomfortable and difficult at the start but once you practice and get used to it…
It becomes second nature… just like the way you’re talking to yourself about food now.
Staying On Track
Set yourself up for success and be your own cheer squad. Call out the times when you give yourself a hard time for eating certain foods and remind yourself that it is okay.
Unrealistic goals such as ‘no more ice cream, ever’, when you’re someone who finishes a tub of ice-cream each week, is probably not going to work.
And when you break this goal, it will give you a sense of failure.
Instead, set goals that you KNOW you can achieve. It’s all about getting those small wins…
For example, you might limit ice cream to only one on weekends.
That way you’re getting those small wins and are more likely to achieve your goals while continually set new ones.
This is important for keeping yourself on track and developing sustainable healthy eating behaviours.
Alternative To Food Labelling
It’s a good idea to constantly be thinking, what should I be having more of?
Educating yourself (or have us do it for you) about the five food groups and how much our bodies need each day is a great place to start.
That way you’re focusing on what you can eat, in abundance rather than what you can’t.
Focusing on what nutrients your body needs rather than the calories it doesn’t will strengthen your mindset to achieve health for life.
If it’s afternoon tea and you’re stuck for what to eat…
Consider what nutrients have been missed this day…perhaps dairy is a little low and you could opt for a yoghurt or cheese and crackers as a snack.
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