Don’t fight your cravings

It’s time to stop focusing on what foods you can’t have and instead focus on the ones you can.

If I told you “don’t think of the Eiffel Tower”, it would be the first thing that comes into your mind.

Similarly if I told you not to eat cake, most people can’t stop thinking about it.

This phenomenon can be summed up in one phrase: “what you resist persists”. So rather than fighting against your cravings and making it a battle, simply let it go.

What does this mean? I hear you ask.

The minute you make it a battle there is only ever going to be one winner and it’s not you. When you can relax, stop fighting and understand that you deserve to be happy and healthy, all of these battles become choices and the choices become easy.

The key is not focusing and thinking about what you can’t have and instead focus on what you can have. And here’s the thing – most people think healthy means a steamed chicken breast and a bowl of dust or lettuce leaves with stale tofu. It’s just not.

Healthy is actually delicious – it is a whole new world of flavours, textures, tastes and aromas that will leave you feeling not just healthier but genuinely happy and satisfied. Don’t just feed your body but feed your soul as well.

There are so many rules everywhere – don’t eat gluten, don’t eat sugar, limit how much meat you eat, don’t eat too many carbs. With so much restriction everywhere it is very easy to see why people give up on their quest to eat healthily.

So often health is focused on what you can’t have when actually it’s  about enjoying amazing food which improves how you feel and once you’ve experienced that, there’s no going back. You might slip off the wagon but “nothing tastes as good as healthy feels” (yes, perhaps I am the Kate Moss of wellness).

When you can make the connection between what you eat and how you feel, everything changes. You may be one of the growing number of people who does understand that what you eat affects how you feel and if not, you may be part of the huge number of people that haven’t yet made that connection.

So if you take nothing else away from what I say here, understand this: what you eat affects how you feel. Your body is constantly talking to you; if you are bloated, gassy, tired, miserable, there is a good chance it has a lot to do with what you are eating.

So if you’re choosing foods that work for you, that make you feel good, that taste delicious, are you on a diet? Or are you just living a happier, healthier, more intelligent life?

How about instead of going on a diet you decide to finally be kind to yourself and completely change your life. There is a caveat to all of this – most people don’t know they’re sick because they’ve never been healthy.

They think that waking up feeling tired, achey, depressed, exhausted, bloated is normal. It’s not normal, it’s just common.

It doesn’t have to be this way and the power to change all of that is in your hands. So when I say be kind to yourself, it’s more than just a slogan or a cliche, what I mean is let go of shame and guilt, understand that your past doesn’t equal your future, if you have failed before use it as a lesson and see failure as feedback.

Accept yourself so that you can create a powerful platform from which to move forward towards a happier, healthier you.

Are you still thinking about the Eiffel Tower? Now you are. That’s why diets don’t work.

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