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Today, let’s talk about how you can start your journey to eating in moderation.
So many of us, when we go on a weight loss journey (or just a journey to better health), we realize pretty quickly that our relationship with food kind of sucks!
Many of us will go as far as to believe that we are food addicts or sugar addicts. Speaking for myself, I come from a family of addiction. At one point in my life, I believed that I too, was a sugar addict.
It took lots of practice, lots of action, lots of self-awareness for me to get over that—so that I don’t have those “sugar addict” behaviors anymore and that I can eat in moderation.
I want to offer that to you today (if you’re willing to take those actions).
Have a plan
First of all, you need to have some sort of plan for yourself. When you go to the grocery store, have a list. Have some meals mapped out of what you want to have during the week, so that you don’t give in to any junk. Anything that looks good… anything that’s on sale… or maybe marked down that you don’t need.
Typically, you’ll find yourself gravitating toward those things when they are “trigger foods.” So, just have that list and stick to it.
Cut – it – out
Secondly, you’re going to have to cut out all of those trigger foods. Anything that you sit on the couch and just eat mindlessly—you’re going to have to cut those out. But be sure to bring in some healthy alternatives for those trigger foods—such as blueberries—something that you wouldn’t mindlessly eat or crave, right?
Next, you’ll need to start a food journal. This is where you’re going to notice the patterns in your eating. There are a lot of benefits to food journaling (besides just tracking calories). You can find out more about that from last week’s video: 5 Fascinating Reasons Food Honesty Can Help You Lose Weight.
Next you want to learn how to measure appropriate food portions. You have to start with the basics. So many of us spend our lives just guessing and eye-balling. That’s great—you can do that AFTER you measure the appropriate portions. If you don’t know what’s “appropriate” for you – Google it. Do a little bit of research—find out.
And then start measuring your food for the next 2-4 weeks. The length of time depends on how much you stay consistent with the measuring. The more diligent you are with it, the shorter amount of time that you’ll need to do that.
This will set you up to get really good at eye-balling portion sizes after that. This is going to help you with your moderation—especially with foods that are higher in fat or are sweet or are trigger foods for you.
Bring it back
Next, you’ll want to slowly bring back in a trigger food—one by one, week by week. This is one portion at a time.
This doesn’t mean to go to Costco and stock up on your favorite Larabar (or other “energy” bar of choice) or something that could potentially be a trigger food. Instead, this is buying one pint of a healthy alternative ice cream—like Halo Top or Arctic Zero.
This is what we do in our house. My husband LOVES ice cream (and I like it a lot, too). So, we buy a pint or two and we split the pint each time. So, we’re practicing moderation, we feel good, we’re not feeling restricted, we didn’t eat too much, we’re not having binge cravings.
This is what’s going to help you on your journey to learn how to moderate with food—those 5 techniques.
If you really, really want this to work, just practice these daily and KNOW that it’s possible for you to do. Anytime that there is doubt or “this might not work for me” or you’re not being honest with yourself, of course it’s not going to work! So, keep that in mind!
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