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Finding the Motivation to Eat More Mindfully

Getting Motivated to Eat Mindfully: 5 Tips

Do you need motivation to start eating more mindfully but don't have the money to hire a trainer like Jillian Michaels? If so, don't worry. Watch this short youtube.com video cut by Matthew Belinkie. It is 40 inspirational speeches in 2 minutes including famous characters and actors such as Al Pacino, Clint Eastwood, Charlie Brown, Rudy, and Braveheart. This two minute video is enough to get anyone pumped up.

Here is some advice we can take from this video and apply to mindful eating.

1. Get angry, but not at Yourself. Direct your anger toward things that sabotage your mindful eating like junk food products, wacky diets, restaurants that serve ridiculously large portions, media ads that push you to soothe yourself with chocolate and junk food. Here is an example of positively channeling your anger to increase your motivation. Fast food restaurants knowingly serve cheap, low quality food that tastes good but can significantly jeopardize your health to make a huge profit. Use your passion and outrage to help you boycott these restaurants. It makes it easier to stop giving fast food restaurants your money when it's for a worthy cause. The added goal is that it brings you one step closer to mindful eating.

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2. Stop Being Wishy-Washy. The leaders in this video convey a strong sense that change is possible. Too often we talk ourselves right out of getting started due to self doubt (I don't think I can do it) or too many caveats (I can if...). When you hear self doubt bubble up, repeat to yourself a statement reaffirming your ability. The phrases should start with "I will" and "I can eat more mindfully."

3. Visualize. Great leaders get you motivated by painting a clear, visual and tangible image of the reward you will gain by getting started. What do you want mindful eating to give you? Better health? To fit better in your clothing? More energy? To be more social? Whatever it is, close your eyes and visualize it in as much detail as you possibly can.

4. It's not Easy. The video clip emphasizes that tackling a new challenge isn't easy. Frustration occurs when you reach obstacles that present more challenge than you expect. How can you avoid feeling overwhelmed? Set up realistic expectations. Push yourself out of your comfort zone without taking too big of a leap. For example, choose just one meal a day to start eating more mindfully. Or, instead of altering your entire diet, begin with an obtainable goal-adding one healthy snack a day. Regret is often worse than the discomfort you will feel from doing something foreign.

5. Capitalize on Previous Successes. What helped you to eat more mindfully in the past? Did you make the most changes by joining with a friend? Or, by keeping a food journal. If so, focus on what you know works for you. There isn't a magic formula that everyone has to follow to make mindful eating possible.

After you watch this video, write down your own motivational speech. Stand in front of the mirror or give it to yourself when you are alone in the car. Stop hitting the snooze button. Start working on eating more mindfully today!

Dr. Susan Albers the author of 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food and Eating Mindfully.

www.eatingmindfully.com

 

 

 

Susan Albers, Psy.D., is a psychologist who specializes in eating issues, weight loss, body image concerns and mindfulness. 

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