In my book Enough Dammit , I offer up psychological techniques to break bad addictive patterns for good. One of my personal tricks is to make word trades. When I began changing the words I allowed to exit my mouth when discussing food, the kinds of food I allowed to enter my mouth began to change too.
Using a new vocabulary for talking about food, I was able to fit into my favorite jeans and feel like my favorite self. See how this vocabulary menu works for you.
1. I banned the word "diet" completely and renamed my actions as "do-it."
2. I "appreci-eat" my food. This word is all about slowing down how you eat, which allows you to taste food more, which leads you to eating less.
3. I now label foods as "forward" and "backward." Every food I choose to eat helps me become more conscious of how it either moves me forward to my fab weight or backward to my flab weight.
4. I've relabeled my eating habits as "the old me" and "the new me." All your habits in life come from your identity. If you think, "I always overeat late at night," guess what? You do! If you think, "I'm the type of person who can resist pigging out on chocolate," guess what? The new you will be very much going forward to fab, instead of backward to flab.
5. I swapped mere tiny "willpower" for "wall-power!" Nothing is able to break through my wall of commitment!
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