Compassionate Love: Displaying Compassion for Those Who Struggle with Mental Illness (c)2017 Nancy Virden, Always The Fight Ministries
Diets like the cottage cheese diet, grapefruit diet, Atkins, fasting to cleanse the body, restricting, Weight Watchers, Slim Fast, and Deal-A-Meal, require hours to days of planning. The most popular ones allow for some excesses of favorite foods.
Slim-down-quick schemes are attractive, but rarely, if ever, produce long-lasting success. For some (many, in fact) people, the problem is not a need for weight-loss. It is about changing a mindset of compulsive behavior.
Compulsive behaviors around food will not change if food remains a go-to for instant relief and peace of mind. Once food’s failure to make life better is recognized, balanced eating will appear more attractive.
Professional help with a food addictions counselor (they are rare!) and a nutritionist for creating an individualized food plan is beneficial. The focus has to be on mental health. Watching the scale is self-defeating. By learning to cope in healthier ways, weight will take care of itself.
a)Take it very slow. At a slow pace, simply allowing our body to adjust itself, means brains and bodies have opportunity to change in reaction to food. This kind of weight loss is maintainable.
b)Become aware of “alcoholic foods” and avoid them permanently. There are foods, specific to each person, that have to be put away for good. These foods or combinations of foods are triggers that lead to overeating. The same as a recovering alcoholic can never have a beer, certain foods will destroy best intentions.
c)Enjoy eating from a customized and metabolically designed food plan. Eat by the clock and by measured nutritional requirements. A compulsive eater has a broken hunger alarm. It no longer accurately reports when a stomach is full or in need of food or water.
d) Seek out available support. Food addictions counselors, eating disorders treatment centers, and 12-step groups for compulsive eaters are available in most areas. Online help is offered by some professionals. People understand and are non-judgmental. Therapy for other issues may also free us from compulsive behaviors.
Taking care of oneself is important because everyone matters. Like any fine artwork, completion follows taking the time to get it right.
Today’s Helpful Word
For life is more than food…
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