See biscuit … eat biscuit
This was the dilemma raised by a gorgeous member this week which brought about a long conversation, with plenty of mentoring and discussion about ‘the biscuit challenge’.
Here is how the conversation started:
“I’ve just had a really luscious salad for lunch cheese and egg with umpteen different salad veg and a green tea … however during the making thereof a chocolate biscuit made its way to my mouth… the kids were sent a pack of them by some relatives in Oz so it’s not that I bought them but … it’s the almost unconscious habit – see biscuit eat biscuit – that I’m still finding it hard to drop. Any tips?”
I have to be honest…who has the capability to resist chocolate biscuit hobnobs, I am not sure anyone does? And personally, I am not convinced that you should be putting your ‘resistance’ button to the test every day.
You only have a limited amount of resistance which as you know is stronger at the beginning of the day so….
How do you avoid the biscuit challenge?
Funnily enough, I have lots of tips and Tip Number One is – avoid resistance.
Tip 1: Don’t resist – ‘resistance bank’ depletes quickly
Resistance drops throughout the day when you start the day in a positive healthy way you are more likely to continue to do so. The requirement to ‘resist’ won’t be there.
With good intentions and actions at the beginning of the day you are far more likely to continue the day with great food and exercise choices.
However, starting the day with a sugary bowl of cereal you are on a crash course to insulin mayhem. You won’t have any choice because you will be craving chocolate, sweets and bread all day. You have begun the day with challenging food choices all day so your fate is inevitable.
Tip 2: Resistance is emotionally draining as the Cookie Monster explains
The emotional effort to avoiding biscuits is so draining and in itself depletes you of mental energy. If you are constantly avoiding something the mental anguish can run through your brain all day. What a complete waste of time and energy.
As the cookie monster rightly puts it this cookie eating thing can be very emotionally draining…
However the client comment above wasn’t about bad food choices throughout the day, it was the underlying subconscious habit. so my advice would be – be kind.
Tip 3: Be kind 🙂
“See biscuit eat biscuit” – made me giggle does it matter that you ate it? I have worked with so many gorgeous girls who berate and admonish and tell themselves that they have failed in some way because they ate something that they wanted. I think that attitude is far more damaging.
Be honest and be kind with yourself. Your brain is automatically wired to associate pleasure with food, it is a hard wired connection.
The first thing is to recognise your relationships with biscuits 🙂 I understand I have the same adoration for potatoes! see potatoes eat potatoes 🙂
Tip 4: Out of sight out of mind
A common thread from the supporting comments was to keep the items out of sight. A simple and effective strategy. I do buy one packet of large salt and vinegar crisps each week for my weekend treat. My weekend treat, not the kids! They remain at the back of the cupboard until I feel the urge at the weekend. It works. The dried fruit and nuts are front of the cupboard and I grab those when I walk past and feel I need a boost.
However, hiding doesn’t work for everyone. If you do feel tempted – acknowledge your temptation and then develop strategies that will delay the moment when you are going to have the biscuit, such as putting it on a saucer to eat after lunch. By the time you have finished with lunch, you won’t feel like spoiling your healthy lunch with a biscuit.
Tip 5: Your taste buds and therefore cravings change
Reaching the point where your taste buds change and you no longer desire unhealthy treats – is the goal every gorgeous girl is aiming for.
Each day when you implement the Gorgeous healthy food principles your taste buds are reprogrammed. For instance, the Get Gorgeous goal for module one is to drink water with each meal and snack to meet 8 glasses per day. Using a trigger like a meal or a snack, and adding slices of lemon to my water helps with the adoption of this habit.
Plus sticking to your principles and reporting your progress back to the other gorgeous girls each week brings about change. You will see a gradual and radical transformation in your eating habits.
Here is what another gorgeous member claimed
“My food choices have been changing over the past twelve months. I no longer want to eat a Chinese takeaway, I would rather eat Salmon and Salad or vegetables. I am eating Salmon every evening with salads or vegetables, rather pricey but feel full after eating it.”
“I have cut down on biscuits, eating one per day when at work or nil when at home because there are none. I do however have dates with almond nut butter when I need something sweet.”
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