Cooking is a test of my will!
I read an article recently about strengthening willpower.
Date: 3/3/2005 5:55:34 PM ( 17 y ) ... viewed 1276 times
An article in the March issue of Shape Magazine talks about Will Power. It's a very good article that talks about "meeting tempatation head-on" because avoiding what tempts us "reinforces powerlessness". It goes on to say "self-control and self-discipline are the most important things we need to live an effective life". It points out that "Lack of willpower (or self-control strength, as researchers call it)is implicated in a number of personal and societal problems..."If you think about it, the overconsumption of unhealthy foods, lack of exercise, gambling and drugs, then self-control could be one of the most important medicines of our time.
Anyway this article made me think about how avoiding food for the month of March is going to be difficult, if not impossible. And it's not the avoiding of food that is going to help me break my unhealthy relationship with food. Food will always be there; it's modifying the way that I think about food that's important.
Here's a few tips from the article:
1. Visualize yourself resisting temptation; visualization is practice.
2. Have close encounters; being around foods that tempt you and not responding in your usual way.
3. Take a taste test; eating a small amount and stopping. This is the ultimate test to see if you can really control the situation.
This is a good article and it made a lot of sense to me. I obviously couldn't put the whole article here, and there's more to the whole idea than I have included. I would suggest checking it out.
I often feel as though if I am around something that I crave that I must physically remove myself from the situation. Perhaps in doing so, I have made my wanting it even more powerful? It makes sense. I cooked tonight for my family, it was a dish that I enjoy eating and I could have sat down and ate with my family. But I didn't, I prepared it and sat in the same room with them as they ate. I suppose then the next step will be eating a healthy portion and not eating more than that.
For now, I will concentrate on fasting, but I know that it's quite possible to lose the weight that you want to and then go back to the eating habits/relationship with food that caused the problem in the first place. I can't fast forever, I will have to deal with the idea of will power eventually.
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