Does my title seem harsh to you? I had to reach a point in my life where I had to come to terms with telling myself you are what you eat. I would love to blame it on my family and say, if they had not made me eat everything on my plate, even when I was full, I would not have continued this pattern throughout my life and gained weight. But the truth is even though my mother, who was a fabulous cook, and loved to cook southern style meals, she made sure they were balanced with protein, vegetables, salads and delicious desserts.
What have I done to take what I learned in terms of eating everything on my plate to another level? For starters I piled more food on my plate than I needed. If anyone had any food left on their plate I had to eat it and not waste it. Also, I made sure I tasted all the food while it was cooking to make certain it was just right for my family to eat. I made sure there was extra serving of desert for me to eat later. When evening came I sat down and pulled up some of my favorite finger foods and grazed until bedtime. Now may I add one more time, you are what you eat!
If you can identify with anything that I have described with my pre- SENSA eating habits please keep reading. Know that there is hope for those that “just cannot stop eating!”
Let’s look at 5 practical ways to break these vicious uncontrollable eating expeditions.
- Take ownership of your eating habits. First acknowledge what you eat, how often you eat and how much you eat. Deal with the discomfort of facing how you have slipped into patterns that are out of control. Write them all down on paper and continue to add to them as you spot new areas.
- Stop blame-shifting. No matter what your past has been and how you feel you have developed unproductive eating habits, blaming others is not the answer to your freedom from the bondage of overeating. Write down all your excuses that you use to blame others or circumstances for what and why you eat like you do.
- Get ready to make some positive changes. Start with SENSA and understand what a great tool it provides for you to have weight-loss success. SENSA curbs your appetite, diminishes your cravings and teaches you portion control. The struggles you are facing can be accomplished by shaking SENSA on everything you eat except liquids. Eat slowly, and pay attention, as soon as you START to feel full you should STOP eating. Also if you are already on another weight-loss program or diet at the time that you start SENSA, you should continue on that program and use SENSA in addition to it. SENSA should not be used as a substitute for an existing diet plan you are on. SENSA promotes healthy weight loss through portion control.
- Record your progress. Start by logging your starting weight and your measurements. Weight and measure yourself once a week and log your progress. Take a picture pre-SENSA and one each month to visually see the changes your body is making. Log the positive changes in your eating habits and do not deviate from them. If you slip back into your old habits record it and what was going on at the time you fell off the wagon. You can use the food log on mySENSA.com to help you keep track of your meals.
- Get accountability. There is no doubt that having someone cheering you on, believing in what you are doing for you, gives you great strength, the motivation and courage to keep on keeping on. Find a friend, neighbor or family member to keep you on track. If you are like many with whom I have communicated, then you would say I have no one to do that for me. I have the solution for you, join the SENSA Community. There you will find all the help and support you need.
Now when I hear the title, You Are What You Eat, I find peace of mind and pleasure as I reflect on the results that I have obtained by using SENSA. I have lost 45 pounds and have gone from a size 14 to a 4 in 7 months. My partnership with SENSA has given back to me my true sense of self. It has changed the way I view food and has given me the desire to eat nutritious food. The portion control I learned during my journey has given me the power to overcome the bondage of overeating.