We are over half way through this reset! I don't know about others but so many good and hard things have been happening for us because of it!
I wanted to take some time and just share some quick encouragement, tips, ideas etc in the area of food for anyone that might need them. What we eat takes up so much of our time and energy so it deserves to be treated as a priority.
Perhaps you started January off with the plan to "diet" in some way. Or maybe you were going to eliminate certain foods. Now about twenty days later you may have found yourself giving in to the siren call of cookies, or the scone at the coffee shop, maybe second or third helpings at dinner, maybe late night cereal binges. Whatever it may be don't give up. Start fresh with everything that you eat and each day that you wake up. That's the awesome thing about life we get to 'reset' over and over. Don't give up your intent because of one (or ten) slip ups just keep going. Learn to be gentle with yourself.
Maybe you started out with a super strict plan and now are realizing it was not realistic. That's ok, readjust and keep going.
Also a sidenote in regards to eating plans and diets. They are helpful in a lot of ways especially if they are well balanced and real food. I would just caution anyone against restriction thinking with food - you know the whole "i'm on a diet so i can't have ____" thought line. Or "this is a cheat meal." I would suggest that whatever plan or diet you follow think of it as parameters for what you eat. And then only think about what you can/get to eat. Example: "I can't have this cookie because of my diet" vs "I am gonna eat this little bit of dark chocolate to satisfy my sugar craving because i love it and it's good for me". Sounds silly I know but if you make a habit out of switching those thoughts it will make a huge difference in how you approach food.
What if you already quit the eating plan you set out to follow? Start again. But start tiny. LIke drink more water, or add one veggie a day into your meals. Maybe cut out one food group that you know is bad for you (ahem SUGAR). Pick yourself up dust yourself off and take baby steps to eating better.
If anyone has changed the way they are eating because they want to lose weight - let's just stop right now! Whoever you are remember that you are perfect the way you are with or without extra pounds. Eat to feel good. Eat intentionally. Eat to taste flavors. Eat to nourish the body that you go through life with. Eating is not about gorging or starving ourselves it's about enjoying one of the most basic things in life.
So if before you were mindlessly binge eating anything and everything in sight now is the time to stop and think before you eat and think about why you are eating it.
If you are obsessively counting calories, grams, points, etc. Stop and think before you eat about why you are eating it.
Reset your mental approach to food. Create new habits in the way you think about food. Take small steps towards nourishing yourself better.
Think. taste. savor.
You can do it!