Do you ever wonder how anyone can ever just eat one biscuit?
How they manage to not eat all the packet in one go?
Well, it is often multi-faceted and takes a good deal of trial and error.
But I can tell you what it does NOT involve and that is a huge level of discipline.
Perhaps you tell yourself you just aren’t disciplined enough to stop at one but this mindset is probably keeping you stuck.
When it comes to my own nutrition, I rarely ever tap into my willpower and I teach my clients how to achieve the same.
It ultimately comes down to factoring all the foods I really love in to my every day life.
I also make sure that I eat plenty of protein, fibre and healthy fats every day. This means that I rarely let myself get caught out my uncontrollable cravings because I am usually satisfied.
It is all about intention
At the end of a day, a biscuit is just a biscuit! And when we eat with intention, we realise that we probably never want more than one or two anyway.
And when we do it without feeling any guilt, from a conscious place, we enjoy it so much more!
We are able to really engage in the process and savour the taste.
It doesn't happen unplanned or accidentally so there are no regrets or 'out of control' feelings.
If you never feel like you can just have one biscuit, ask yourself the following questions:
How restrictive am I with my food choices?
Do I ever put biscuits off-limits? If so, how often?
How do I feel when I see biscuits? Do I feel anxious, nervous, stressed?
What am I doing when I eat biscuits? Am I sitting down focusing on it, or am I scrolling through Insta as I eat it them mindlessly?
What would happen if I ate a biscuit every single day? I absolutely love it when my clients see the power of doing this!
I always say, don't put any foods off limits, especially if it is something you love! Life is far too short.
And just because you eat one doesn’t mean you have to polish off the packet.
If you feel this way, it is time to change your thought patterns. You are probably telling yourself that you will never allow them again so make the most of it whilst you can.
But where is this mindset getting you?
Thinking of your favourite 'forbidden' foods at 'treats' or a 'cheat' is only making you feel out of control.
Never, ever let anyone tell you what to eat. Or what NOT to eat
You’re allowed to have a biscuit. Or 2 or 3, even the whole packet if you so wish!
But as easy as it is to say, that kind on mental shift doesn't happen over night.
Normalising food that you have been conditioned to believe is 'bad' takes time, focus and, quite often, the right support.
It's OK to have them in the house!
Another big mistake I see many people make is to forbid their 'trigger' foods in their own homes.
With 2 young boys, this would be impossible for me and would only give the wrong message about food - it would probably foster an unhealthy relationship with it.
We always have chocolate, biscuits, sweets, crisps, ice cream and many more yummy processed food in the house. And that is OK.
It all comes down to balance and a healthy mindset and no, balance doesn't mean having the willpower to only eat bread once a week!!
And the best thing is, having all those foods in the house makes me want them less! They aren't calling me like they would if I was trying to avoid them.
How many times have you praised yourself for not buying that pack of Double Deckers from the supermarket? Then all of a sudden you find yourself in the OneStop at 9pm with a king size in your hand?
It is powerful that subconscious mind or yours!
Until you are able to take back charge.
Fearing food, emptying your cupboards of anything containing sugar, not allowing your kids to have coco-pops in the house - it is EXHAUSTING!
Not banning foods, not obsessing over what you can and can't eat is LIBERATING.
How to stop at one biscuit
To conclude, here is how to stop feeling out of control around food:
Never ban foods you enjoy.
Instead, factor them in every day and you will find there’s nothing to be afraid of.
Only eat a food that’s really, really yummy. What’s the point of a mediocre biscuit that will probably end up leaving you wanting more?
Be intentional, be present and stay focused.
For more information on how I can help you, check out my 1-2-1 programme here.