Every day find new ways to care for yourself lovingly. This is the beginning to transforming yourself inside and out, from the inside out…
1. Do visioning exercises – imagine yourself enjoying food to nurture yourself, to provide nutrition and pleasure…
2. Send yourself love notes, leave loving messages on your answering machine.
3. Begin to appreciate your body. Really study it in detail the mirror. Touch yourself. Get a massage and allow someone else to touch you. Love your body in your mind and in your mirror.
4. Stretch your body. Give it exercise. Walk.
5. When you are about to be seduced by food and some reason to eat it, drink a glass of water first, make a list of nurturing things you could do for yourself instead, listen to your body and then do what feels best.
6. Keep a journal of your thoughts, feelings, experiences with food. Get it out of your head and on paper. Keep it conscious!
7. Be assertive. Follow your best instincts, speak up, stand up for yourself. Be your own best guide.
8. Make a treasure map. Put it where you can see it.
9. Put your affirmations and your perfect weight cards all over. Say them out loud to yourself, write them.
LISTEN to your body. It has good instincts. It really doesn’t want you throwing junk down it. You may think it does, but that’s because you’re so busy eating for other reasons that you aren’t listening.
It takes practice, but practice.
Ask your body what it wants to eat. When it wants to eat. Follow it’s wishes.
Studies have been done all over the place that demonstrate clearly that starving people go instinctively for food that’s healthier for them than the other choices offered.
People discover they like vegetables when they aren’t busy hating them because of their mother.
Conscious Eating Is Natural
Your body wants to be healthy. It wants to use food for fuel and energy. This is all natural. You don’t have to stress yourself trying to accommodate what you think you should feed your body.
Listen as best you can. Intuit. When you can’t hear or feel clearly, do the best you can. You are aiming for a naturalness and ease. As you go along, it only gets easier.
Conscious Eating Is the Death of Obsession
After you quit being obsessed with food, what do you do with your time?
What do you do with the energy you used to use thinking about eating, resisting eating, talking about eating, eating, eating?
You get to put it to better use. In what?
What are other important goals in your life besides losing weignt? What things are you interested in, passionate about? What is fun for you?
What do you love?
-From the Editors
If you want more guidance, definitely check out our contributor, Andrea Albright. Andrea’s an amazing coach with her own amazing story of how she transformed her body into the one she has now (and her site and great ebook is called “Amazing Body Now“– a strong body that keeps her healthy and happy. She’s focused her life on helping others achieve the same goal. Check her out if you’re struggling with belly fat or want to quickly succeed at conscious eating–