It’s day 3 of your detox and you’re already feeling like your willpower is starting to crumble. The fire and determination you once had has faded, and your mind becomes obsessed in thinking about all the foods that you can’t eat. You feel hungry all the time, and all you want to do is reach for that doughnut or chocolate to give you that sense of comfort again.
It’s a cold, lonely vortex when you’re detoxing, and that’s what you’re telling yourself each day.
Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
Research shows that only 15% of people stick to their diet, and most people tend to revert back to their old habits and way of eating.
Why is that?
The answer is in the way our brains have been wired.
If we’ve had an unhealthy relationship with food for many years, then it’s likely that the brain has memorised a set of beliefs, experiences and emotions when it comes to food. If we “un-memorise” these emotions, then we can achieve lasting change. For example, if you have had a series of failed attempts with diet and exercise, then the brain can only base it’s information on these failed attempts and experiences. It’s likely that eventually, you will re-create the same results because that’s the only result the brain knows.
In order for lasting change, we must rewire the brain, and create positive experiences, images and beliefs when it comes to food and exercise. We can’t step into a new way of being with our current mind filled with failed attempts, excuses and setbacks. We must create a new mind in order to create a new way of being.
Here are 3 simple steps:
Write down 3 affirmations you will say to yourself with feeling all day throughout your detox. For example, “ Every day, I’m getting healthier and healthier” “I love eating clean and healthy food that gives me energy” “I am starting to look and feel amazing” Keep these affirmations with you and repeat them over and over again. Repetition helps seal the belief as fact, and you will most likely make healthier choices that mirror these affirmations. At first, the brain will reject the affirmations as being false, but through repetition and persistence, you will eventually instill a new belief and new way of being.
When you wake up, complete a 5 minute mental rehearsal and visualise yourself waking up eating a healthy breakfast and feeling the energy and vitality from your breakfast, see yourself selecting healthy food throughout the day and ask yourself... What would a fit and happy person be thinking and feeling, and answer the question.
Create a vision board, this is the lifestyle you desire when you’re feeling fit and healthy, it could be of island getaways, healthy foods, healthy bodies, motivation quotes, it can anything to train your brain on your new self and your new way of being.
Once you have taught your brain on your new way of being, the choices you make and the habits you stick to will reflect that new way of being and you no longer have to rely on willpower to stick to your goals. You will automatically choose healthier foods, take time out for exercise and live a happier and healthier life.