We’ve all heard the formula for weight loss. Expending energy must be more than caloric consumption. It has been tried, tested and tested again. There is no way around this truth. Your body is a machine that responds to proper maintenance through exercise and food, but it also thrives on compassion, self –love and respect. The two are intertwined through every structure of our genetic make- up.
If we take an introspective look into our thoughts while we eat, what are some things that come up? Let’s take a look at 2 different thought patterns that may arise in the consciousness of these scenarios.
Crime Scene: (Two ground beef patties loaded with onion rings, bacon and avocado on a pretzel bun)
- Person A walks into the kitchen and opens the fridge. They spot the hamburger that was left over from the night before and decides that it would be perfect. They consume the burger and enjoy the flavours. They carry on with the rest of their day without another thought regarding the burger.
- Person B encounters the same situation. They see the burger and think that they should not have it. There are too many calories in it and they may gain weight. They decide to have it anyways and feel guilty for the rest of the day. They decide to indulge again at dinner and diet tomorrow.
Which scenario leaves you feeling better about the food choice? I think it’s safe to say that #1 is the winner. No regrets, just pure enjoyment while consuming the burger. Do you see the difference in #2? Guilty as charged! Guilt plays a hug role in how we think, feel and react to any given situation, especially when it comes to food and weight. Guilt can be referred to as the extra baggage that weighs us down physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. It can drag one down to the depths of despair.
Let’s throw in another scenario into the mix. While reading, become aware of how it makes you feel.
- Person C also finds the enticing burger in the fridge. They feel that they should not have it due to the amount of calories. They eat it and feel guilty for a few hours afterwards but tell themselves that they will make healthy choices at dinner time. They decide on lean protein and salad at dinnertime and enjoy the meal.
In this scenario, guilt played a role at first, but was overridden by the decision to move forward and create a healthy option at dinner. They consciously made the decision to kick guilt to the curb and replace it with a better option and Feeling. This was a choice that the person made that may or may not have been easy, but they did it.
Creating new habits and thought patterns take a load of hard work and dedication. The more we do something we know is better for us, the easier it becomes with practice. Believe that with every positive decision we make, it will create new networks and synapsis in our brain that will override the past negative thought patterns. It does work! The next time you do something which makes you feel guilty, decide at that very moment to let it go. Let it go and tell yourself that you are better than that last decision and you will make a better choice the next time. I’m not sure where guilt came from but I think it’s time for it to go back to where it came from, with love and compassion of course.