When it comes to food, we often develop the unhealthy thought that we must give certain types of food up. Not only is this a bleak way of looking at your relationship with food, it’s also completely untrue. I’ve managed to lose and keep off forty plus pounds all without having to give up baked goods.That’s the good news.
But there are some things we should examine first.
Why are you attached to the sweets?
Many times when we turn to sweets, it’s because we’re looking for a sense of satisfaction from the outside world that we’re not getting inside. Be honest with yourself – what’s going on in your life? When I was going through the most difficult times in my life, I couldn’t stop baking. Cookies, cupcakes, and crisps just kept on popping out of the oven. It wasn’t until I asked myself why I was attached to them that I gained my control back.
It turns out, I was worried about financial problems and finding a career I enjoyed. The sweets were my safeguard against the real issue that I wasn’t ready to face.
Do you value other foods just as much?
One of the unhealthy behaviors we have is to value some foods more than others. While it’s great to enjoy sweets every once in a while, it’s also important to see the joy you can get in simple, clean foods like fruits and vegetables. When you eat more nutritious foods with just as much enjoyment as sweets, you can learn to value both equally. If you have to stop eating as many sweets as you do now, you’ll be fine when you realize there’s enjoyment in all foods.
One of the biggest changes for me was when I began to see something simple as a green apple to be just as valuable as one of my famous cupcakes. Our fear of giving up certain foods stems from the worry that there will be nothing to save us when we’re down.
So many times I want to write something like “You don’t have to give up the foods you love” but the truth is, we need to learn to love all foods. Just as we want to be seen as equals in others’ eyes, we need to do the same for food. Choose to find pleasure in all foods and you won’t have to give up the ones you’re currently afraid to let go of.