Why you should stop saying you have bad eating habits
Everybody eats to serve a purpose – what purpose is it serving you? If you’re struggling with your weight right now, I challenge you to ask yourself that question. Many clients refer to their eating behaviour as “bad habits” and many have found that adopting a very different mindset with regards to this can be beneficial.
Adopting the mindset that your current eating behaviour is an addiction, as opposed to “bad eating habits” may seem like an exaggeration or overstatement. However, sugar and other junk foods hijack the brains pleasure pathways, functioning similarly to cocaine or nicotine (Avena et al, 2008). What makes cutting down on junk food such a challenge? Exactly that, cutting down. If you cut down on sugar, and are still having it occasionally, you will still crave more (Avena et al, 2008).
Sugar and junk food have a powerful influence over your behaviour as they change your neuro-chemistry. Recognizing this as our human design is important – it can also take some of your stress away. It isn’t you as a person, but the human design and the environment you live in. Is this article to recommend you cut out sugar and junk food entirely? Not at all.
The bottom line? Imagine a nicotine addict trying to cut down on smoking while having cigarettes scattered around the house. We become our environment. If you have junk food in your eye line in the kitchen, you’re setting yourself up to fail.
Tip - recognising that junk food has a powerful influence over you, and not keeping it around the house can make a huge difference to having a healthy diet, and maintaining a healthy weight.
If you want it bad enough, having to go out and get it will give you more leverage to stay on track.
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