How to feel in control of your eating. If feeling in control around food is difficult for you right now and overeating feels automatic, it can become the opposite. Feeling in control and NOT overeating can become the easier, more natural thing to do. Lose weight permanently | Rebecca Schauer, RDN

Feeling Out of Control with Food? Why It’s Possible to Change

How to feel in control of your eating. If feeling in control around food is difficult for you right now and overeating feels automatic, it can become the opposite. Feeling in control and NOT overeating can become the easier, more natural thing to do. Lose weight permanently | Rebecca Schauer, RDN

Regain Control of Your Eating

A lot of women who have struggled with food and weight their whole lives feel hopeless and like it will always just be that way.

However, it is absolutely possible to have freedom and here’s why: old habits really can change. Things that feel difficult can become easy.  And things that feel easy can become difficult. Our brain is very malleable and this is what our brain is designed to do - change.

So if feeling in control around food is difficult for you right now and overeating feels automatic, it can become the opposite. Feeling in control and NOT overeating can become the easier, more natural thing to do.

The first reason is simply because our brains can be retrained or “reprogrammed” to do anything we want. The other reason is, no person was born into the world as a habitual overeater. Bingeing of food and emotional overeating are not our natural human design; they are first learned, and then by repetition, they become a habit.  

Even if you started emotionally eating very young, it’s not because you are flawed in some way, it was simply something you did as a reaction to your environment, which by repetition became a habit.

But our habits are not who we actually are. They are just programs, like software we run. Therefore, just like we can put different software on a computer, we can change our habits by “re-programming” or “re-wiring” our brain by repeating new things.

So how do we change overeating habits and have real freedom with food? 

First, it’s important to understand that every behavior habit is driven by mental and emotional habits.  We have habitual daily thoughts and feelings that precede all our eating behavior and that are driving our eating behavior.  This is a huge distinction to really understand because this is the #1 reason why people fail at changing eating habits over and over.

  Most people try to change their behavior habits, such as how they eat, without changing the thinking habits that are driving the “negative” behavior.  They try to use willpower to force themselves to behave differently, but that feels really hard, and they get tired and give up. 

To change behavior habits without changing the thinking habits that are linked to the behavior does not work, because we humans are thinking and feeling beings.  

As humans we are more complex than animals because we have thoughts and emotions, not just instincts.  And this is great, and also not so great, depending on how we use that thinking part of our brain.  

If our thinking habits about ourselves, about food, about our body, or about life are not in alignment with what we actually desire to do and have in those areas, we struggle. 

Because how we behave in life, and then what we end up having in life, is ultimately  always going to be determined by our habits of thinking (aka beliefs).

It is very easy for us to go “unconscious” in life and let our old thinking habits run as automatic programs, and this is why we self-sabotage our actions. We are trying to “do” things differently while keeping our old thinking. And because we are thinking as the “old version” of ourselves, we eventually go back to our old ways of “doing”.

If we can first begin to practice being aware of our thoughts, and can get clarity on how our thinking habits are driving our actions, that is the first step to retrain the brain out of old behavior habits, like overeating. 

If we want to create real transformation that is lasting.  We have to first start with understanding the thoughts & feelings that are driving us to do the action of overeating.

Once we see how our thinking habits are causing us to do self-sabotaging, we get to then practice choosing new thoughts and thinking new thoughts that will actually help us do the behavior we want to do long term.  

To change your eating, your body, yourself, or your life to what you actually want, and then also be able to maintain the change long term, it starts with changing the mind and all your thinking habits tied to those areas.  

If you have struggled with food and weight much of your life and want real change, this is how you do it, from the inside out. You have to also transform the mental and emotional habits that are tied to your behaviors. If you focus on only changing the behavior without working on your mind and emotions, it might work for a while, but you will eventually go back to your old ways.

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