Trust Yourself

When all is said and done, only you know which path is best for you.

Posted Nov 17, 2014

Choose your path.

You know if what you're doing or what you're thinking is good for you or bad for you. It's up to you to point yourself in the right direction. To do that, you have to place a tremendous amount of trust in yourself. If, in the past, you've tried to develop a healthier relationship with food and failed, it might be difficult for you to trust that you will make better choices and succeed this time.

There's a saying among food addicts: All you can do is the next right thing.  Trusting yourself to do better is always the next right thing. 

Trusting yourself often means following your intuition or your gut feelings. Intuition is a great self-help tool because we all have it and it's with us at all times. Your intuition can tell you a lot about what you really want and don't want in your life, and what you need to be successful. 

Unfortunately, your intuition is all too often ignored. Your gut instinct might not seem logical, desirable, or even practical, so you might disregard it and let your rational mind take over. Or in the past, you might have trusted diet plans to help you lose weight and when they failed, you might have wrongly attributed the failure to yourself. Or you might be too distracted by emotions or external noise to pay attention to what your intuition says. But just like physical pain, your intuition is usually trying to tell you something important. 

If you're an emotional overeater and you've struggled to manage your weight over time, you probably now have a better understanding of the physical and psychological reasons for your eating behavior, and you know diets don't work. You know there are underlying reasons why you have food issues and you know you have to address those issues before you can permanently change your eating habits.

Use that knowledge to guide you to making better decisions for yourself in the future. You'll find it easier to trust yourself if you believe you are in control of your own destiny, you're responsible for most of what happens to you from this point on, and you'll get what you want by working hard. If you feel your life is out of your control or you have little control over what and how you eat, you will probably feel anxious and less able to trust your own decisions.