In more “traditional” weight loss programs, you are usually told to count your calories. Calories in < calories out = weight loss, right? Well, I don’t think it’s that simple.
“I feel fat.”
“…but I’m not losing any weight.”
“I’m craving sugar all the time.”
Well, let’s do an experiment. I love a good, old-fashioned scientific approach to things!
Let’s say your go-to comfort food is chocolate-covered Gummy Bears. Before you dive in to the package, take a moment to assess how you’re feeling. If you want to be really scientific about it, write down how you physically feel in a journal (“a little tired; nervous about tomorrow’s big test; definitely hungry…”)
Take a few bites. Wait at least 5 minutes. Re-assess how you’re feeling.
Do this and let me know in the comment section or email how the “experiment” goes for you. Also try the experiment with a food you’ve never had before!
***I think that often what we THINK we love to eat can be very different than the food that actually make us feel great!***
I’ll tell you my personal experience doing this. Years ago when I was struggling with candida issues, in order to get healthy, I had to radically change my diet habits. I became used to not eating wheat products like pasta, cereal, and bread. I ate lots of vegetables, nuts, and protein. I felt great!
My experiment happened when I was tempted by a little mac-n-cheese. It tasted great. Afterward, I felt itchy. I also felt like my abdomen was swollen and I felt emotionally uncomfortable. Then I remembered: that was how I used to feel all the time! Yuck!
After that, eating well for me was a “no-brainer.” No way was I going to go back to the way I felt before. Try this little experiment and let me know in the comment section what happens: