Eating Self Discipline - 5 tips that work for me
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
My biggest food challenge is self discipline. I'm 18 days into my plan for eating more consciously and moving more consistently and it feels good to practice being in control again. "Dieting" wisdom says that the first step is the hardest and that's probably true but the day-to-day focus of eating consciously can be, at times demanding and exhausting. I read every article I can to strengthen that discipline "muscle" and still I fall down. I marvel and admire people who execute precision of the plate in food choices and portions. I am forever a work in progress so no self flogging here but dang! these people are amazing.
A couple of things helping me along the way are:
1.) Don't have things that are tempting in the house. This is a big one for me because I'm infantile in "Just Say No". My wet suit doesn't seem near as important in February as those delicious chocolate-coated pretzels or chocolate cake with pretty little hearts on it.
2.) Don't eat out. For me, it's simple, Just DON'T Do it. But I also remind myself that it's for Now and as I get more practice in Self Discipline I'll be better able to manage it.
3.) Drink water whenever tempted, sometimes I'm just thirsty.
4.)Distraction. I learned this when years ago I was quitting smoking. Do something else...it can be physical (always a good choice) but also it could be reading, writing, crafting, photo taking.
5.)Pat yourself on the back every chance you get, that even if you "fall down", aren't perfect or didn't hit your mark for calories, you're learning about your food cues and weaknesses and that's a BIG deal.
I've noticed that as I practice self discipline in eating, I'm also increasing self discipline in other areas of my life, like on-line shopping, exercise and simply making my bed every day. It feels good!
Next step: Making Eating Self Discipline a Continuing Project