Are you junk food intolerant?

I hope you had a wonderful weekend that was hurricane free!

Sometimes when it rains a lot, I have the desire to stay in and relax and snuggle up with a good murder mystery and junk food.

However, every time I eat junk food, I feel the same way I did last time I ate it: Not good.

Like the lactose intolerant who loves pizza and ice cream or the diabetic who keeps eating sugar - we tend to forget the bad times when we're craving something.

For example, do you remember how you felt after you ate a bunch of junk? Like really remember? Chances are you might think you do but if you completely did - you'd never binge again. It wouldn't be an option.

During an intense urge/craving - we start talking to ourselves. We start rationalizing with ourselves. "I want this candy! I deserve this candy!" "No I really don't want this! It's not going to make me feel good. I shouldn't!"

We go back and forth and we have this inner conflict with ourselves. When there's inner conflict this causes there to be a feeling of discomfort.

It's the discomfort that we become a slave to. The discomfort is caused by us not being completely sure if we want to resist the candy or not. We still think we might deserve it. We think about how it tastes too.

But then we think about how it'll make us feel and how it's not in alignment with our goals.

And we go back and forth...

Until, eventually, the discomfort is so uncomfortable - that we wind up giving in to ease the pain of the discomfort. We're not even eating it because we want it so badly. We're eating it to shut our mind up already!

And once you do - our mind fixates on something else and we move on.

Think about that for a second. The pain or discomfort of a craving is what might cause us to actually go over the edge and give in. Not even the food itself. And when it's so intense - we give in - to ease that pain.

So here are some things I want us to remember for this week:

1. With fear - there is nothing to fear but fear itself. The first step to overcoming our fears is to acknowledge them. What are you actually afraid of? Why? But why? If you really probe and ask yourself questions like this you can learn a lot about yourself. All fear is self-induced. Fine...99% of it is.

The point being is that pain or discomfort is only pain and discomfort. Next time you feel uncomfortable acknowledge it. Think "Wow, I feel really uncomfortable right now. Recognize the inner conflict. Hear the battle between the devil on your shoulder and your Body Tutor on the other.

Be a spectator. But don't participate. Just observe. Pretend you're a fly on the wall. Because whatever the devil says will make sense. He knows how to get to you. And of course whatever your Body Tutor says on your shoulder will make sense too. :)

2. Remember that all pain and discomfort passes.

3. Don't let yourself have the conflict in the first place! Conflict only occurs when two parties don't agree. Instead of opening yourself up for negotiations walk around with a master plan. "I WILL not eat junk food or greasy foods because they don't make me feel good. They never made me feel good!" "This isn't a part of my plan. Thanks anyway!"

It's not an option. The less we negotiate with our selves the better. Maybe admitting to yourself that you're just junk food intolerant is the way to go. It removes an option. The option of even eating it.

Like a vegetarian or lactose intolerant person meat and milk just isn't an option.

Think about that and be on the look out for the pain and discomfort!

But make sure you get first row seats...


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