The blinding light of potential and short-term eating shenanigans
Most people want to lose weight, or change their eating habits, fast.
They want to know what they can do today.
That will make a difference today.
As we all know, often the solutions are nothing more than the get-rich-quick schemes of the weight loss world.
They don’t work.
But people still buy into them.
Because of potential.
The potential that something could make your dreams come true is too enticing to pass up. It makes us overlook common sense, and keeps us on the hamster wheel of weight loss:
Doing the same things over, and over, again…
Without even realizing it.
By focusing on potential, we often miss the cues and clues that point to what will really take us where we want to go.
Here’s an example:
I’ve recently been on a greens kick.
Almost every morning last week, I ate sautéed greens with eggs for breakfast, and felt great.
Then yesterday my friend told me about this new smoothie that has lots of greens in it.
So made it this morning.
The combination of ingredients was not particularly appealing to me, and then when I opened the blender lid, the smell was even less appealing. And as I drank it, it was flavorless.
Then after, my belly was bloated and bubbly.
Luckily, I’ve gone down this road enough times to know two things:
First, this smoothie is not ‘healthy’ for me.
Second, even if it were, it’s not a long-term sustainable habit for me because I don’t enjoy the process of making or consuming it - so even if I were able to force myself to drink that smoothie every morning, eventually I would quit.
And, I would be no closer to finding food that actually works for me.
Not giving up on the potential of having what you want is a great thing, but only if you can also keep your feet on the ground noticing what’s happening as you eat.
I could have wasted weeks or months or more, drinking smoothies I didn’t really want, only to spring back to donuts and coffee to make up for all that deprivation. Ok donuts are a bit of an exaggeration, but you get my point.
That would been what we call a short-term shenanigan, disguised as a healthy endeavor.
When you’re ready to stop your shenanigans, and start making effective, lasting change, join us here:
Kate (& Jason)