When you begin a new diet, do you immediately start to focus on all the foods you love that aren’t part of that diet? (I know…I did use that 4 letter “D” word!) If you are starting on a “low-carb” diet, are you focusing on that bread that isn’t part of the plan? Do you constantly keep talking to yourself and saying “I will never be able to have that bread again!”
If you are, that is a “lack” mindset. You keep focusing on the negative and on what you can’t have. How would you feel if you changed those thoughts to thoughts of what you CAN have.
WOW! I am excited I can have as much non-starchy green veggies as I want. By eating those, I will be able to shed fat and feel fantastic! I will create the lean, healthy body I want!
These two mindsets create very different energy levels and long-term…very different results.
Here is another behavior that comes from that “lack” mindset. We tend to look at that wanted food and say to ourselves “I know I won’t be able to have that bread on this new program so I better eat a ton of it now. I’ll start the new program tomorrow”. Interesting about when “tomorrow” shows up, isn’t it? We never want to start because all we are focused on is what we are giving up.
Human nature is so interesting. It makes us want what we can’t have. When we know we can have it at any time, the charge around it goes away. Stop focusing on all the things you can’t have and instead focus on what you want to create. Know that each and every time you have a choice. You can either eat foods that will take you to where you want to go or not.
When you stop thinking you can’t have something you want and instead recognize you have a choice in each moment, the charge goes away and more often than not, you’ll choose something that will feel good.
That food will always be there for you. It’s not going away. You don’t have to have it right now.
Doesn’t that feel better?