One of the hardest parts of eating clean is being disciplined to make the right choices by learning how turning down the tasty high calorie filled snacks that you know are bad for you will enhance your success.
Look here is the truth you certainly do not have to starve yourself or punish yourself for periodically making the wrong choices, you just have to know what is going to take you closer to your goal of a healthier lifestyle, and if necessary to lose weight.
If you are truly determined to start to eat a clean diet, right now, from this minute, for your next meal and before you do anything else all you have to do is download my Free Top 10 Resources List and get access to websites with some of the best recipes to ensure that you and your family are eating the right foods, not only for your health, but also for what is missed from most diets and that is nutrition.
Clean Eating is not only about eating foods which are good for you, but it is also about eating the foods which give your body and mind the correct nutrients for your bones and muscles, but also for brain development.
But, there is nothing wrong with a nutritional pasta dish served with vegetables and meat or fish. This blog post will explain the secret power of thinking positive about clean eating.
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But, what you should avoid is the piece of chocolate cake that will add 450 calories to your diet and leave you feeling sick. It provides zero nutrition and it sets your diet back in a way that can sometimes be hard to recover from psychologically.
If you have not read any of my previous blog, you will not know that I am a psychotherapist and one of my specialisms is curing people of their anxiety and if you want to know what 5 foods you need to avoid, which acerbate your anxiety then you can read all about them here.
But don’t worry – there’s a trick! I know it sounds too good to be true – but the trick is positive thinking and behaviour.
What is Positive Thinking?
No matter what your goal, the only way to achieve it is to change your thought processes.
In the past you might have given up on a healthier lifestyle and to lose weight because you have not understood the premise of how your mind determines your success. You have heard the saying – “In order to be successful, you simply have to think positive”.
But, of course there is more to it than to simply think positive, you also have to adopt the behaviours, actions and thought processes that lead to the positive outcomes.
How Changing your Behaviour Leads to your Success?
Years ago when I worked for a leading weight loss organisation I used to teach my clients how keeping your waste paper bin in another room or if you live in a house going to the bathroom upstairs meant that you could get more exercise and burn more calories and in the process get healthier.
Simply, when something is out of your reach and you have to get up from your chair or move from one room to another, to it, that means more activity in your day. As I said you do not have to spend a lot of money on achieving a healthier lifestyle, you simply have to learn to think in an altogether different way – That is the secret power of positive thinking.
Positive thinking also involves training the brain to overcome negative thoughts. Negative thoughts can reinforce negative beliefs and can have unwanted effects on your behaviour.
For instance, if you’re trying to get over a fear of heights, the thing you need to change is the thought process that involves imagining falling or telling yourself it’s not safe!
What Does This Have to do With Eating Clean?
Simple: it gives you the ability to reprogram your thoughts and thereby to remove the desire to indulge in too much cake etc. and chose fruit instead.
To do this, you simply need to think ahead and focus on how you are going to feel after the meal. Focus on the cake and the taste and you will produce the reward hormone dopamine. Instead, you need to focus on the last time you made yourself feel sick or you felt guilt and depressed from eating too much cake. You probably felt bloated, stuffed and sorry for yourself and most likely you couldn’t finish it. Concentrate on that sensation and suddenly the cake loses its appeal.
Now instead, imagine how good it would feel to have a refreshing dessert that would perk you up and leave you feeling good about yourself. Or how about a hot drink? Or maybe you could have a yogurt and fruit?
When you feel good this makes all the difference to your desire for calorie laden desserts and you will find that you actually would prefer the yogurt or fruit. If you do this regularly, then you will actually create new associations in your brain to the point where you actually do not want to eat that huge piece of cake. You learn a whole new way of thinking and finding out why you always grabbed for something that was unhealthy.
The scientific bit of this is Hebb’s Law – it simply means that pathways in the brain that fire together, wire together, in other words because your action of reaching for the sweet treat is embedded in your brain and is your pattern of behaviour and it is what you always do, you will continue doing so, until you learn how to change that pattern of behaviour and adopt a much healthier one.
The same goes for reprogramming your brain in other areas too!
Anxiety and Clean Eating
Following a healthy lifestyle is about a journey not a sprint to the finishing line. You have to live the life of a healthy person, but you also need to stop feeling guilty or punishing yourself because your good intentions falls by the way side once in a while.
If you are suffering from anxiety and you are trying to adopt a healthy lifestyle, if you do not stop feeling guilty, your anxious negative thoughts will overpower your positive thoughts. Anxiety is another name for control and believe me it will control everything and that means it will control your will power and clean eating is all about will power and making the right choices.
There is research and evidence to suggest that what we eat and drink can have a negative affect affect on our feelings of self-worth. If we elect to eat and drink things which are clearly unhealthy the thoughts that come to our minds are thoughts of (perhaps we do not always admit it) feeling ugly, fat, our clothes do not fit, we are not attractive to the our partner, we feel slow and sluggish. You know, all the negative chatter in our heads.
If we are honest, and we need to be, some of what we feel is true, but just as much is false. But, when anxious thoughts invade our reality we do not stand a chance of disagreeing, particularly when our self-esteem and belief in ourselves is at an all time low.
What am I really trying to say?
So, what am I really trying to say? I am really trying to say that clean eating is not only a positive thing to try for your health and wellbeing, it is also good for ignoring those negative anxious thoughts and feelings.
I have talked about the secret power of thinking positive about clean eating and how changing your behaviour leads to your success and removes your desire to reach for unhealthy foods.
I have also discussed briefly how your anxiety can be negatively affected by what you eat and drink. All of which are steps in the right direction towards understanding the power of positive thinking about clean eating and ending your anxiety forever.
To Your Ultimate Success
The BrainWave Therapist