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Eating Your Attitude
February 05, 2013
Our attitude shapes our behavior towards food. We eat how we are. Our attitude becomes our eatitude.
—Catherine L. Taylor
How you do food is how you do life!®
Our attitudes about life form our beliefs and
responses around food. We eat how we are. We also approach our
weight loss with specific attitudes that are shaped by our
greater attitudes and responses towards life.
For many of us, our attitudes are what are holding
us back from achieving the success we have been looking
Here are some attitudes that are often roadblocks to
The Diva – Life is a banquet and you want to
sample it all. Do you feel entitled to eat all you want, when
you want? Do you feel food is your just reward to a hard day’s
work, a good workout, a celebration, or any day or situation
that’s not stellar?
Solution: Do you deserve to have a weight problem, heart disease, high cholesterol, or joint problems? There are consequences for your behavior. Are you willing to pay the price? You’re not special and exempt from them.
Oh Dear Diva! You can have it all -- just not all
the time and not in the amounts you want. You need to learn
moderation in all things. Find other things to reward yourself
with besides food.
The Dreamer – Do you think if you just hope
and wish enough and maybe say some affirmations, do a vision
board, or read the right diet book your weight will start to
magically melt away? Dream on!
Solution: A goal is a dream with a deadline.
Begin to set small daily, weekly, and monthly goals. Get it
down in writing and begin to make it happen! Action is the
key. Affirmations and vision boards are tools, not cure-alls.
Please stop talking and dreaming about it and get willing to
do something about it. A plan will make it happen!
The Procrastinator – Do you keep telling
yourself that one day you will finally get it together, lose
the weight, and then your real life will begin? Do you tell
yourself that once you lose weight all your other life
problems will be solved? Are
you tired of waiting?
Solution: Break down your goal into small, manageable actions. Start now. One day at a time. Soon you’ll be there. Enjoy the process and the journey; stop focusing on the end goal, which may overwhelm you.
Ask: what can I do today? And then do it! Your
small, daily actions will lead you to the greater place you
want to be.
The Quitter – Do you start out being really
enthused at things, then hit a bump or obstacle and quit in
despair, feeling that you’re a total failure? Is your life
littered with a bunch of unfinished projects because you never
finish what you start? Start…stop. Start…stop. Start…stop.
Solution: Mistakes are what you do, not who you are. Stop taking mistakes so personally. They aren’t about you. Commit to seeing the process through. As you stay the course, you will gain the confidence and mastery that you’re seeking.
You will finally realize that you do have what it
takes to be a winner. You just never gave yourself enough of a
chance, because you quit too soon!
The Perfectionist – Do you think you must be
perfect and eat perfectly? Do you expect to rigidly follow a
routine or diet to the letter, no matter what? Do you define
yourself by a number on the scale? Do you think that if you
make a mistake that means you’ve blown it, you’re a failure
and you might as well be bad…real bad…as in binge?
Solution: Accept that you’re never going to be perfect or eat perfectly all the time. Do what you can each day, and then let the rest go. Learn to soften your standards. Go easy on yourself and others.
It’s not all black and white. Establish a gray zone
in your life. Get happy with good enough! All your efforts
will begin to add up if you stop demanding perfection as the
only acceptable standard.
Do you see yourself in any of these attitudes and
eating behaviors? Stay out of the problem and stay focused on
the solution. Soon, you will be where you want to be!
Inspirational Quotes and Thoughts by Catherine L.
Moderation in all things will bring me the balance that I am seeking.
I practice self-acceptance. Self-acceptance means I accept who I am and where I'm at. From this place I can improve.
I make friends with discomfort
by taking small steps outside my comfort zone.
I am moving in the direction of
Read more about affirmations
God or Higher Power grant me the willingness to eat what I need, instead of eating what I want, and the wisdom to know the difference.
I have found that people who struggle with food and
emotional eating are released from that prison once they learn
the skills of mindful awareness and mindful eating, emotional
self-nurturing, developing a spiritual or meditation practice,
and learning to set appropriate limits and goals.
This turns off the urge to overeat and engage in other compulsive behaviors. When you feel better, you eat better! I have walked this path myself, and it has led me to peace and freedom.
The goal of my coaching is to create a lighter, balanced, healthier, nourishing and joy-filled life. You will begin to see results in all areas of your life because How You do Food is How You do Life!®
and mentor people in the areas of: permanent weight loss, food
addiction, compulsive, emotional overeating, binge eating
recovery, creative self expression, spiritual direction,
mindfulness, meditation, self care and stress management, self
esteem and body image issues.
My work is spiritually focused, not religious, and fits with
any belief system you may have, even agnostic. My work assumes
that you have all the wisdom and answers you need inside of
call this place -- God, intuition, Higher Power, inner wisdom,
or True Self -- is up to you. I am simply a guide bringing you
back to the truths that are already inside of you.
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