Confused About What to Eat? Start Here

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Have you just about had it when it comes to what to eat these days?

Low-fat, low-carb, gluten-free, or maybe you should eat like the cavemen?

I recently had breakfast with my women’s networking group and a couple of the women were saying that they sometimes have a tough time choosing what to eat.

One woman said that when she goes out to eat at a restaurant that sometimes she’ll eat Atkins style, no bread or potatoes.

Other times she says the heck with it and orders a cheeseburger with bun and French fries.

I hear this often from family, friends, and past clients that they waver between clean eating and eating whatever the he** they want.

I believe that it’s not about the food anyway, it’s really about your mind-set. We tend to eat the foods that match our emotions.

So if you are eating foods that you know aren’t beneficial to your body on a regular basis then this indicates that you probably need to tune in better to your emotions.

Trying to change how you eat because you know logically it’s better for your health is putting the cart before the horse.

Let’s say you decide that the answer to your health issues is that you need to eat gluten-free foods.

So you go gung-ho and buy all these gluten-free packaged foods.

After one week of eating gluten-free (and spending a fortune on groceries) you can’t possibly imagine living the rest of your life this way.

As a side effect from eating gluten-free you are desperately craving some bread so without delay you head over to your favorite bakery and buy 2 loaves of freshly baked French bread and eat every last piece of it all by yourself.

Then you scorn yourself for having a weak moment and giving in to eating gluten.

I believe that before you go and make any major changes in your daily eating habits you need to first address your emotional well-being.

How do you do that?

The first step to making a change is awareness.

Becoming aware of your habits can help you to understand why you feel the way that you do.

A common issue is ‘emotional eating’ like when you come home from a hectic day at work and dive right into a pint of Ben and Jerry’s.

This is an example of an emotional not a logical reaction. In this case food was being used as a form of stress relief.

Like I said earlier, it is not about the food it’s about your mind-set.

You need to work on your mind-set first and then you will desire the foods that match your emotions.

Here’s the thing, improving your emotional well-being is a journey not a destination.

Denise Duffield-Thomas of says that working on your mind-set is like taking a shower if you don’t do it for a few days eventually you’re going to begin to stink.

To see improvement in your mind-set then ideally you want to practice on a daily basis.

To begin, here is a simple but effective mind-set exercise to help you to become aware of your emotions.

I like to use a tool called The Emotional Rating Scale.

This is a 1-10 scale that you can use any time of the day to tune in and evaluate how you feel.

If 1 is depressed, 5 is neutral, and 10 is bliss/joy how would you rate your emotions right now?

There is no wrong or right here, only you know how you truly feel.

As I sit here and write this blog I feel pretty good so I would rate my emotions at around an 8-81/2.

If you would like to improve your mind-set then I recommend that you practice becoming aware of how you feel by using this 1-10 emotional rating scale.

You can even jot down your rating in a journal so you can keep track of your daily emotions.

When you become more aware of your emotions you may find yourself making food choices that match your improved state of being.

Next week I will introduce another mind-set exercise that will actually help you to manage your hunger.

When in your recent past have you let emotions dictate your food choices? Blog

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