It’s that time of year again. For some, a time of year that’s filled
with traditions, family and fun and for others a time of worry, stress and
indecision. I say this because
every year I receive calls from new clients looking to prevent weight gain who
say, “I just can’t afford to gain another pound this year”, “They bring in all
these cookies at work/school/my childs’ school and I can’t seem to pass them up”
or the very common, “Just being around his/her family makes me want to eat
myself out of house and home”.
The common pattern I find with all of these statements is that they are
simply beliefs. Beliefs are only
true if we make them true by believing in them ourselves. Even if we have bought into a certain
belief because it has been true in the past
doesn’t mean it has to happen or be true again in the future. We can change our minds and our
So how do we change these patterns
for good this year? The first step
in changing our eating behavior is taken by acknowledging those beliefs that
are holding us back. Here is the
down all of your negative, disempowering, self limiting beliefs about holiday
ask yourself what is true and what is NOT true about each belief just as you
have written it.
Example: “Every year I gain weight and am unable
to lose it so why would this year be different.” For this person there may have been one year that she/he
didn’t gain weight and since she/he is taking a different approach this year
and being proactive weight gain doesn’t have to occur.
your new belief that feels and sounds good to you when you say it out
loud. Say it at least three times
to make sure you feel comfortable with it.
Example: “I am
open to believing that I can eat healthy this year.”
one of the most important steps of all is to list your action steps.
action step-“I eat a healthy meal or snack before attending a party.”
Example: 2nd action step-“I take time for myself to
read, relax, or rest before and after family visits.”
Example: 3rd action step-“I visualize myself
walking past the cookies at work to the healthy snack I have at my desk.”
Example: 4th action step-“I walk every morning to
release positive endorphins and plan my day.”
After completing this exercise,
every time you take one of your action steps you will be “re-minding” your mind
of the new belief that is becoming more and more true for you every day. To continue effectively and
permanently changing limiting beliefs meditation, visualization techniques and
hypnosis can be used to train the mind.
To learn more about changing beliefs by using mindfulness techniques
such as these contact me for a free consultation on phone or in person. Happy Holidays!
-Andrea Crouch, CHt.
Albert Einstein said “You cannot
solve a problem with the same mind that created it.