My Chocolate Principles
Chocolate is a great example of the shift I had to make in my mind, to lose weight and keep it off. I had to shift my mindset from one of diet or binge, to choosing to take care of my body and give it the nutrients it really needs, most of the time. Ask my family and they’ll tell you I’m known as the chocoholic. I used to try to control this and even gave up sugar totally for a year, but eventually my willpower waned. I didn’t really want to live my whole life without chocolate anyway. I needed to find a way to have a happy, slimmer life that included chocolate.
So how did I do that? I used my brain and gentle steps towards a healthier relationship with it. When we shift our mindset to nurturing ourselves and not banning things, everything changes. As soon as we ban stuff, we start craving it. I started by gradually increasing how dark the chocolate was to about 50% cocoa, lots of tasty options with nuts, orange, mint etc. I chose ones I genuinely liked and went from there. Over time I tried out darker chocolate and now my favourite is Godiva 72% and I genuinely love it, it really hits the chocolate spot for me. I’m sure if I’d started with it though, it would have been too big a step at once. Other chocolate is not banned, but I rarely choose it now. It’s never about being perfect, but if we can move to a place of caring for ourselves, we can end up in surprising places.
My Chocolate Principles
How to use my chocolate principles for any food or drink you feel you have an unhealthy relationship with.
For me it was chocolate, but for you it may be bread/cheese/wine/crisps (sounds a bit like a party!) or anything else.
1. Don’t try to ban it. This relies on willpower and is bound to fail sooner or later. It will also make you crave it more.
2. Find the best quality version you can and commit to not settling for anything less (most of the time). You and your body deserve the best food and drink you can find. For example, if bread is your thing, then there is a huge difference between artisan sourdough and mother’s pride. You need to find what really hits the spot for you.
3. Only eat/drink it in a calm environment, where you can give it the attention it deserves. This does not mean in the car or whilst watching TV.
4. When you eat/drink it, really savour the flavours and textures and pay attention to every mouthful. When it starts to lose its flavour for you, that’s the time to stop eating it. Also, try to only eat it when you’re hungry, you want to get the maximum pleasure you can from it.
5. Over time you should start to notice that the flavour of lesser quality versions doesn’t appeal to you anymore and you need smaller portions of the better quality version and want to eat/drink it less often.
I’d love to know if you give it a try and how you get on.
This is an example of the type of thing covered in my coaching programme the Nurtured Body Programme. Please get in touch, if you are ready to make some changes in your life, and want to make peace with food whilst enjoying being slimmer and healthier.