Some food cravings are physical and very real, for example if we eat too much sugar, we can end up craving sugar. However, much of what and how we eat from day to day is dictated by our mindset.
I hear this so often in clinic from my clients. They’ve had a great few weeks since their last appointment because they were ‘in the right frame of mind’ or they’ve had a bad few weeks because they weren’t ‘in the right mindset’. It’s a word that comes up time and time again.
What does mindset actually mean?
It’s your attitude, how you approach life, your driving force and dictates how you make decisions.
How do we take control of our mindset?
Awareness is the first step. Can you identify what your triggers are for a sudden change in your mindset? A bad day at work, an argument with a loved one, hormonal fluctuations, a lack of sleep? Perhaps you are a perfectionist and you do really well when you stick to your ‘rules’ but the minute you step outside of them you feel you’ve let yourself down and go completely off the rails. Once you are aware of your triggers you can put strategies in place to catch yourself before things get out of hand.
Know your ‘why’.
Why do you want to eat healthily? Perhaps you want to lose weight, have more energy, or ease a niggling health issue. Maybe you want to enjoy clothes shopping again and like what you see in the changing room mirror. If you know your why, you can use this as an anchor when you feel yourself starting to slip. Knowing you ought to do something and having a really good personal reason for doing it are two very different things. Know your why.
Do everything you can in advance to keep your mindset positive. If you are having a bad day and feel like you could go off the rails, you are far less likely to do so if you already have something healthy prepared in the fridge or in your bag. If there is nothing to hand, or you need to cook something from scratch, you will probably feel far less inclined to make the healthy choice.
Sometimes the answers to the above questions are not clear to you. As a coach I help my clients increase their awareness, find their why and help them to develop strategies to support themselves.
If this is something you are struggling with and are looking for some support (non-judgemental of course) contact me for a no obligation chat.