The power of positivity is hard to appreciate when you don’t give it enough of a chance. I’m saying this from too many years of learning it the hard way.
I realized how my mindset in one domain spans across other areas of my life. So I adopted a new mindset. And it has only brought me good things. I work on it every day.
Societally and culturally, we have become conditioned or habituated to being problem-oriented. We talk about things in terms of what’s not working, what we don’t like, what we don’t have.
What about what is working, what you do like, and what you already have?
We then apply this negatively-oriented thinking to other areas of our lives, like what we eat. We focus on what we “can’t” or “shouldn’t” eat and end up making that way of eating unsustainable. This vicious cycle then perpetuates feelings like guilt from “being bad”, or shame from breaking artificial “rules”, and it doesn’t get you any further.
When it comes to healthy eating, focus on the positive.
What can you eat? What are all the food options you can you enjoy?
All of a sudden you’ve taken down these imaginary boundaries you used to put up with a simple mindset shift.
Chances are you already know what healthier eating looks like. You don’t really need me to tell you what is healthy. I’m more valuable as a resource to help you strategize on how to eat healthier in a creative and sustainable way.
So focus on what you can have, not what you can’t. Apply it as consistently as possible to all scenarios where you are about to prepare a meal, buy groceries, or eat at a restaurant or social gathering.
Instead of telling people for example, “I don’t drink alcohol” or” I can’t eat chips”, change the conversation by saying, “I enjoy sparkling water” or “I prefer energizing snacks”.
For example, when I work with clients who want to go on a cleanse, it involves for a short duration, eating from a smaller menu of ingredients than they may be used to.
Whether they are motivated to cleanse because they want to improve their gut health, uncover a food sensitivity, or feel in need of a system reset, the same principle applies that they are much more likely to be successful and see all the positive results of a cleanse if they focus on what they can have, instead of focusing on what they can’t have.
Here are 3 lessons based on the power of positivity that you can apply to your lifestyle or eating habits:
- Identify what you are grateful for about your health or lifestyle. What is working?
- Identify what opportunities there are to improve how you take care of yourself.
- Given those opportunities, if you were the bravest version of yourself, what would you be doing differently?
About my work
As a health coach, I get to work with busy professionals on weight loss and nutrition. I also work pro-bono with teen girls who struggle with eating disorders and body image issues.
I designed The Anti-Diet methodology so that irrespective of the challenges you face, you will see your body transform in terms of weight, energy, metabolism, and self-confidence. And 80% of the effort comes from what you eat.
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