Who hasn’t been there?
You’re eating something delicious.
Maybe a favorite treat.
Maybe something you consider one of your ‘trigger foods’.
You’re full. Your body is satisfied.
But you get an automatic thought, telling you that you just can’t stop eating.
Not until it’s either gone, or you’re stuffed and sick.
You feel helpless.
Out of control.
Maybe, for a moment, you just don’t care.
In that moment, you tell yourself that:
You want to keep eating,
You couldn’t stop if you wanted to, and
You don’t care.
Yes, you are lying to yourself.
Here’s the truth.
Truth: When you are eating without real hunger, your body doesn’t want to keep eating.
But your devious little mind does.
It’s playing tricks on your body.
Truth: You are in total and complete control of what and how much you eat.
When you think you’re not, you’ll act like you’re not.
But when you think you’re in charge, guess what?
Stopping won’t be a big deal.
Truth: You do care.
You always care.
You may go in and out of awareness of this truth.
But it will keep coming around to remind you.
That’s why, when you finish overeating, you feel regret.
So, if you want to stop eating when your body has had enough, take a little break.
Step away from the food.
Give yourself a moment to think.
Are you hungry?
Physically in your body?
If you are, eat a little bit more and check in with yourself again.
If you’re not, stop.
Take a leap of faith and listen to your body.
Tell your mind to shut up!
And tell yourself, ‘I’ve got this!’
Now, walk through the discomfort of not eating.
Not a super big deal.
Once you do this a few times, it won’t seem as hard as it does now.
It will be uncomfortable in the beginning.
Truth: You can definitely do this.