Beating YOUR Food Addictions
Pulling it all together to beat YOUR food addictions
Taking Back your Power
We’re going to be pulling on everything you’ve followed from the last 3 weeks articles to make a 3 step, personalised plan to beat YOUR food addictions, using my Break it Down, Break Through and Transform Method.
If you haven’t yet read them, here’s week 1, week 2 and week 3. I recommend you have your journal nearby, or some paper and a pen, you’ll need to work through this gently and kindly in order to release the control your food addictions have over you.
1. Break it Down:
It’s time to shine a light up to your food addiction. What effect is your food addiction having on you, emotionally and physcially?
Observe your body feelings:
How do you feel physically? Do you ache? Do you have digestive challenges? How are your energy levels? Are you fit and healthy?
You probably won’t have any trouble identifying these!
How do you feel emotionally? This may be harder to identify. I suggest sitting alone for 5-10 minutes with no distractions and silently ask yourself ‘what am I feeling in this moment?’
Attempt to allow your mind to be free from other thoughts, so you can create the space for it to give you the answers to how you are truly feeling inside. It's okay if emotions come up as you do this, allow them to be and write them all down as you finish the time.
Looking at you and your food addictions:
Where have your food addictions come from? Do you know? Are you hiding it? Or openly eating the foods you struggle to control?
2. Break Through your food addiction:
You're taking back your power, girl!!
Pinpointing a root cause:
Work back through the THOUGHTS-FEELINGS-ACTIONS-RESULTS cycle, identifying the details for each step-as much as you are aware of.
As you come back to the thoughts, ask yourself these questions:
Where do you think this thought or belief has come from?
Why has it come?
When did it become a belief or thought for you?
Recognising the triggers:
Recognising the emotional/physical triggers for you, will allow you to become indifferent to the food that once rendered you out of control. If you deprive yourself of them without doing the deep work, they will become your motivation and you will not succeed.
What emotional triggers make you want to eat unhealthily?
What physical triggers make you want to eat unhealthily?
What foods trigger you into an unhealthy relationship with food?
Where could these foods have become a connection to positive emotions for you in the past, that your mind is trying to recreate now in order to ‘help’ you?
Recognising the food triggers for you and understanding where they came from is an awesome, powerful experience in letting go and transforming your relationship with food. As you relinquish the connection to old conditioning, programming and beliefs, you take back conscious control of your eating. (Not sure what I’m on about? Hop over to part 2!)
Here are a few examples to get you started:
Sugar: Prehistoric survival instinct
Milk/creamy foods: Childhood connection to breastfeeding and feeling loved.
Sweets: Given as a reward for being good.
Toast and butter: A treat Grandma use to make you when you went to visit.
3. Transforming your food addiction:
Repetition, authority and impact:
Create a personalised affirmation statement. Be clear, concise and descriptive, using statements starting with:
This is easy...
All opposites of what they are now and what you don't want to have or believe anymore.
Repeat out loud three times a day, ask a friend for their support in creating the authority and impact your subconscious mind needs to hear. This needs to be a daily ritual!
Balance your emotions:
Getting into daily habits like journalling and mindfulness practice will reduce the huge highs and lows of life’s rollercoaster, but ultimately, communicating your feelings and emotions in a safe, trustworthy environment is the key to letting go. As you reduce the bottling up of emotions by talking about them more, they naturally lessen and you feel much happier, which leads to no turning to food to absorb the emotions instead.
'Contrary to common belief, getting angry, or being sad does not make you a bad person or a negative person. It makes you simply human.
And that’s okay.'
As a bonus, you’ll find your relationships with those you confide in most likely improve and deepen. It also takes much less energy to let go of emotions rather than hold on to them too!
What to do if new triggers arise:
Firstly, this is a good thing, trust me! This means you are becoming aware of yourself and how you tick. Secondly, don’t ever panic, just go back to the basics. Review with curiosity, wonder why, where and how it came about, then go to work to take the actions needed to change the thought behind it.
Stay present and objective with your thoughts, approach yourself with kindness.
So, ladies, there you have it, my simple 3 steps for Breaking Down, Breaking Through and Transforming a food addiction. Let me know how this changes you and your life and relationship with food. I love love love to hear from you all!
If you know you need more support with this or just can not identify your thoughts and beliefs behind your food addictions, don’t hesitate to get in touch. I work one to one with clients all over the world online and face to face using the Break it down, Break Through and Transform (BDBTT) method to beat your food addictions, lose weight, stop your aches and pains and get more confidence, based on my own experience of recovery from food addictions.
Lots of healthy love and energy!