Your Next Diet Will Fail Without This
Many people start a new diet plan in an environment that cannot sustain a diet. What do I mean by that?
We have bad diet habits that have been built up over years as a coping mechanism for some stress in our lives. These habits are there for a reason.
Trying to start a new diet for a body that is highly stressed and exhausted, or frequently feels out of control is never going to be sustainable.
Your best chance is to acknowledge & lessen the stress sources, find new ways of coping, and make a game plan for when you are feeling out of control
1. REDUCING STRESS FROM THE STRESS SOURCE
Think about the stress that leads you to binge eat, and feel out of control on a daily basis. Write down as many ways you can think of to reduce stress coming from this source. Eg. High pressure job & workload - maybe you need to have a difficult conversation with your manager? Past trauma leading to comfort eating? Maybe you need to attend therapy or do shadow work. This will reduce the amount of stress from the source overall and help you on your way.
2. NOTICING THE BAD DIET HABITS YOU ENGAGE IN TO LET OFF STEAM
Stress energy is held in the body and released when we engage in these destructive diet habits that momentarily help us release that stress i.e. binge drinking or binge eating a whole pizza to feel better. Write down all the healthier ways you can think of that would allow your body to let off this physical stress energy that you are holding in your body. Eg. When you get home, taking the dog straight out for a walk and not reaching for that bottle of wine.
3. MAKE A GAME PLAN FOR WHEN YOU FEEL OUT OF CONTROL
Despite all your best efforts you will have times you feel out of control. What plans can you put in place, or what can you prepare for these moments to help? Eg. if my bad habit is ordering a whole takeaway pizza, maybe I stock in the house some ingredients to make a healthy pizza recipe with half the calories? Or find a new favorite skinny cocktail with half the calories.
Reducing the stress in your environment, and planning, will help stop you reverting to old habits when times get tough
Hope this was helpful girls! Drop me a comment of your thoughts :-)