Originally Posted by Tesss
When I stick to the diet I feel great.
"Feeling great" should provide the motivation that you need to stick to your diet. What could be better than feeling great?
But it is SOOO hard to stick to - there is so much temptation everywhere and I can't resist.....This has involved unusual situations or gifts/gestures that I find hard to turn down.
You can do it! But you need a plan. Tell your friends that you have a health problem and can't eat certain foods. That should eliminate the gifts of food or candy that will be harmful to you.
How do you cope - any tips you can give me on getting through this? I'm barely working and really could do with being stronger in mind....?
Okay, I'll tell you, but you might not like it.
You have to stop thinking good thoughts about bad foods. Most people I have known who were fighting a losing battle with bad foods would keep thinking how great those foods were. Yes! One lady had an ice cream sunday and a week later she was still talking about how great it was! By doing that, she was strengthing a pathway in her brain, making it almost certain that she would eventually do it again. Instead, you must change your mind and thus create a new pathway. (That's what habits are, reinforced pathways in the brain.)
Here's an example of what you can do: Every time you think of some harmful junk food, picture the harmful ingredients in your mind. It takes some practice and determination but you can do it. Take cookies for example: Picture a pile of white flour and picture a pile of granulated sugar. And ask yourself if you would sit down and eat white flour or sugar with a spoon. I say no, it's disgusting. So, if you wouldn't do that, why would you think it's okay to eat cookies? Then you must tell yourself that it's garbage. White flour is garbage and granulated sugar is garbage. Therefore, cookies are nothing but garbage too.
Once you get the hang of it, you can do it with cakes, pies, cookies, candy and any other items that are harmful to your health. Every time you start thinking good thoughts about bad foods you must push those thoughts aside with thoughts about how bad those foods are. Garbage!!!! Garbage!!! Garbage!!!!
Other tips: If you subscribe to magazines that have big beautiful pictures of desserts or other junk foods, cancel those subscriptions. They serve as the wrong types of reinforcement. If you recieve big beautiful pictures in the mail, in the form of food advertisements, throw them out as soon as you recognize what they are. Don't spend any time looking at those pictures. They are designed to stimulate your appetite for that type of food. If your friends or relatives start talking about how great junk food is, don't chime in. Instead suggest or start another subject. If you're going to a friends house, eat some healthy food before you go. Then if he/she says, "how about a piece of pie" (or other junk food) you say, "I really must be going". If you're hungry you won't be able to refuse it. The most difficult thing is trying to resist temptation when you're hungry. So plan ahead!!
Everything worthwhile in life requires effort, so stick with it and you will be rewarded.