It’s when you are an “all or nothing” eater!
You fall into this category if you can relate to either of these two scenarios:
Your idea of reaching your health and weight goals involves a strict protocol that you are convinced will be “perfect” now – possibly spurred by the latest magazine article, book or story of what someone you know just did.
You start this protocol and follow it for a bit (anywhere from a day to a month) and then “fall off the wagon,” only to find yourself eating every possible morsel of yumminess you can get your hands on that you haven’t been eating during your “perfect” time. Rinse and repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
You decide that there is one primary BEST way to eat for you that is probably based on a nice combo of science, tastes, media influence, success from someone else and moral decisions (i.e. staying vegan – no animal foods.)
At any given moment, you are either “ALL” into this sound and perfectly crafted eating plan, or you are having “NOTHING” to do with it! You could rotate on and off daily, weekly or monthly – the cycle changes like the seasons.
If either of these scenarios sound familiar to your eating style, you, my dear, are a bonified ALL or NOTHING eater.
If it is working for you, which I define as your weight is where you want it to be, you feel fabulous, you have vibrant health and you don’t feel like you are fighting with food, I’d like to know about it!
If it isn’t working for you, I got some ideas
“All or Nothing” eating is what I often see in my practice as one of the biggest triggers to the famous guilt – shame cycle when it comes to food (more on that in a future email).
To help you get out of the “All or Nothing” eating psychology cycle to truly reach your weight and body goals, here are some nuggets to ask yourself:
–When did I decide that my eating plan is the right plan for me?
–What made me convinced that it is what I should follow to the extent that I am?
–How long have I been trying to lose weight, clear up my health concern, have more energy, etc?
–When is the last time I re-evaluated?
That last question, pitted against how close you are to reaching your goals, is the zinger.
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