Why Healthy People Don't ObsessJun 18, 2022
HAVE YOU OBSESSED OVER YOUR HEALTH?
I want to talk about how your THOUGHTS (irrational or not) CAN drive your ACTIONS (also irrational or not), and how just being aware of them can utterly change the course of your life (and your health)!
HAVE YOU EVER OBSESSED OVER ANY ASPECT OF YOUR HEALTH?
Your weight? Your body?
What you "should" (or shouldn't" eat?
Should you eat organic foods? Free-range? Pastured? Natural?
Have you worried about whether or not you should eat gluten? Dairy? Soy? Nightshades? Or anything else?
Well, these obsession start with a thought. And if this thought isn't stopped or accounted for, it can manifest into an action (or actions) that will eventually become a habit.
OBSESSIONS START WITH A THOUGHT
"I'm not pretty enough...good enough...skinny enough...smart enough".
THESE THOUGHTS MANIFEST INTO ACTIONS
Starving yourself...over-exercising...jealousy towards others who have what you want...an incredibly low self-esteem...etc.
AND THESE ACTIONS WILL HAVE CONSEQUENCES...
Unhealthy weight loss...weight gain...out of control cortisol spikes...sugar cravings...etc.
You can go try every diet out there, but if you do not address your underlying thoughts and beliefs behind WHY you're continually dieting or unhappy with your weight, your body, your life, etc. you will experience very little success.
And instead of dropping these obsessions all together, you will have just exchanged them for new ones.
This is totally normal human behavior, by the way - the exchanging one behavior for another.
And even though we think we're exchanging a "bad' behavior for a "good" behavior, if the underlying thought or belief behind the negative/obsessive/addictive behavior is not addressed, it's still not healthy.
Exchanging one obsession for another (obsessive restrictive eating --> obsessive "healthy" eating)
Exchanging one addiction for another (addiction to regular Coke --> addiction to sugar free drinks).
Exchanging one habit for another (binge watching Netflix --> binging on nutritional articles & books).
You get the idea.
TRAIN YOUR MIND TO THINK DIFFERENT
A HUGE component that is missing in so many health programs and diets is TRAINING YOUR MIND TO THINK DIFFERENTLY about nutrition, food, exercise, and yourself.
Unfortunately, what generally happens is the health or diet program actually feeds your obsessive and addictive tendencies even more, causing you MORE STRESS and, therefore, MORE HEALTH ISSUES (be it weight gain, less sleep, obsessive thoughts, frustration, etc.)
I'VE SEEN THIS HAPPEN WITH MYSELF AND MY CLIENTS!!
One of my biggest goals with my clients is to create an individualized health program that not only works to solve your health issue, but to also help you ditch the unhealthy thoughts, obsessions, and habits for healthier ones that will make your new habits and patterns sustainable for the long haul.
Because without this component, the vast majority of people fall off their program within the first couple of weeks! Why?
This happens because their thoughts sabotage them the minute they start to change their habits (our brain does not like "new and improved"; it likes staying the same - avoiding challenges and "danger").
So, I am going to walk you through the exact method that brought me success as well as many of my clients, with less time and headaches than you can imagine! Seriously!
This method is so simple it will astound you.
In fact, you will literally be filling up your notebook (grab a notebook, by the way) with all the ways your brain tries to sabotage your efforts AND you'll be able to DO something about it so it doesn't happen again!
(Okay, let's be honest, it'll happen again, BUT WITH MUCH LESS FREQUENCY because you'll be aware!)
And by the way, this method WILL WORK EVEN BETTER when you actually DO THE ACTION ITEMS listed below.
So, get that notebook (wink wink) because it'll only take about 10 minutes to do the exercise, depending on how detailed you get.
Bonus tip: Taking the time to do these exercises will actually save you more time and energy then spinning your wheels with the same old issues and frustrations. Trust me!
Are You Ready? I thought so. Here's your action item for the day.
At the top of a piece of paper or digital document write you TOP HEALTH GOAL. If you need some examples, here you go:
Lose 15 pounds without obsessing or yo-yo dieting
Meal plan for your autoimmune disease or food sensitivities
Start going to bed earlier (better sleep habits)
Make it through a day without your anxiety taking over
Start exercising three times a week
Write out the negative thoughts that usually arise whenever you start working towards this goal:
"There's no way you can achieve this! You've tried too many times before without success."
"Meal planning takes too much time and energy, which I clearly don't have because of my health issue."
"This is the only time of day that I can get anything done. And I don't sleep well anyway, so what's the point?"
"This is too hard to face. I'd rather just crawl in bed where it's safe and I don't have to face anything."
"I don't have time. I don't have energy. And I don't know what to do."
And try being aware of your thoughts today. Write them down if you have to or put them on post-in notes around the house to remind you to stay aware.
THIS IS HALF THE BATTLE, MY FRIEND!
Until next time,
P.S. Don’t forget that one of the best things you can do for your health is to START NOW! It bears repeating, “Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today!”
So check out my Foundations Mini Mindset Course and you'll be on your way to better health in 5 days!
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