Eating Is Always Your Choice

girl makes a choiceYou are always in charge of your eating.

Whether your choice is to eat or not eat.

How much you choose to eat.

When you start eating.

When you stop.

And, of course, what you eat.

Being in charge gives us a sense of freedom. It takes away the need to struggle.

No need to call upon willpower.

You don’t have to be ‘good’.

Because you are not forcing yourself to follow some external rules.

You are simply in charge and are following the guidelines of your body.

Eat when it’s hungry.

Stop when it’s satisfied.

And give it what it wants.

But, as soon as you begin to tell yourself to ‘be good’, or to ‘be careful’, or to not have something so you can lose weight as fast as possible, you will begin to rebel.

You will feel like you are being deprived.

That there is some restriction on what you can and cannot eat. And that you are no longer in charge.

And that, my friend, is the kiss of death to eating like a naturally slim person.

When you make up rules for yourself, or you follow someone else’s rules for your body, you will want to rebel against the rules and eat with abandon.

Your brilliant brain will respond to restriction and deprivation with overindulgence.

Binge eating.

And weight gain.

It’s just a little thing called survival. And we’re all wired for it.

Your brain is just doing what it’s supposed to do.

So play along.

Stop telling yourself that you have to eat or not eat something.

Instead, you are choosing to eat or not eat something because you want to, and because you think it will feel good and right in your body.

Not because you have to.

Because as soon as your brain hears: don’t, have to, should, or must!… it will respond with the urge to eat…

And you are not in survival mode.

Be relaxed as you make your choices.

And teach your brain that is wired for survival that you are just fine, thank you.

You don’t need to overdo anything because you are always able to get what you need.

You always have a choice.

And having choices is what freedom feels like.

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4 Responses to “Eating Is Always Your Choice”

  1. Julie says:

    Love this post! Its utter simplicity of making a choice as opposed to relying on willpower is what I consider the key to ending the battle with food. Thanks Cookie!

  2. Scarlett says:

    Love this post! You are so gifted at presenting your material in a way that makes sense… and makes it so logical! I’ve never heard it put this way before and it totally resonates with me. “I’m in charge. I can have anything I want. I get to choose what I want to put in my body.” It feels empowering! I’m not feeling the struggle you speak of when telling myself what I can and can’t have today. Whoo Hoo! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

  3. Thanks, Julie. I think when we tell ourselves we have no choice, that’s when we react and rebel and eat.

  4. Hi there Scarlett,
    thanks for reading. Yes!! Being in charge makes us relax…there’s nothing to fight again. So making choices that are in our favor are then much easier. Glad you can relate and benefit from this perspective.