Weight Loss Tip #7: Make your decision to eat healthy food your number one priority.
Many people who struggle with food-related health challenges have difficulty giving their decision to eat well the high priority status it deserves because they have difficulty sticking to commitments that may seem, on the surface, to be a bit selfish. The fact is, taking excellent care of your own health is the very best thing you can do for your loved ones, for your co-workers and for the world. If you wake up late and are pressed for time it may seem like it is more loving for you to pack lunch for your children than it is to make yourself a green smoothie to drink on the ride to the office. But this is not true. You can give your children money to buy lunch at school. You can call the office and explain you will be a few minutes late. Or, once you get to the office, you can call a relative or neighbor and ask them to take something to the school later in the morning. If you really think about it, you’ll realize there are dozens of solutions to any problem that would cause you to put other people or situations ahead of your commitment to eat healthy every day. And there is nothing more important to you and to your loved ones than your decision to take excellent care of your health one day at a time. Whenever you feel tempted to believe that some person, place or thing is more important than your commitment to your health, slow down for a minute and breathe. When your head is clear, you will understand (just like we learn from airline flight attendants before each trip) it is important for us to put on our own oxygen mask first, before we try to help anyone else. We will not be able to be of service to our children, our husband, our boss or our community if we are dead. Compulsive eating and compulsive dieting are life-threatening conditions. The Standard American Diet is a life-threatening way of eaten. We know this from the sky-rocketing rates of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Your decision to eat well is a HIGH PRIORITY decision. Think creatively about any problems that arise and threaten your desire to remain steadfast to your goal. If you are honest with yourself, you will see your health really is your number one priority.
Daily Inspiration: “Faith isn’t faith until it’s all you’re holding on to.” ~ unknown
Letting go and letting God is necessary for sustained success with any addiction — including addictions to compulsive eating and compulsive dieting. Those of us who have struggled with these problems for years have been defeated again and again when we have tried to let our ego solve our problems. It does not matter what religion you practice or if you practice a religion at all. All that matters is that you are willing to accept that there is a Higher Power in the universe than you. Once we accept that we are not the highest power in the universe, we can stop trying to solve every problem in the universe and begin taking responsibility for the things over which we really do have control. For instance, we can understand that we are responsible for what we put in our mouth and how much we weigh. We are not responsible for what our friends put in their mouths and what they weigh. When we adopt a posture of faith, we give our worries about other people, places and things to the God of our understanding. As we do, one day at a time, we begin to see that our Creator loves us and desires for us to feel that love on a daily basis.