I can’t stop eating. This is something we tell ourselves when we feel out of control…
I eat all the things I shouldn’t eat and I can’t stop. I don’t think this program can help, this is just who I am. I just can’t stick to a diet.
If you love something a lot, then it is difficult to fight the temptation to indulge in it, especially, if it is your favourite junk food. But remember – this is not who you are! You are a human being who has the capacity to learn how to deal with temptations and you can control your behaviour at all times.
I Can’t Stop Eating Food I Shouldn’t
I realise that salty chips and a juicy burger are more delicious than kale. I know that grabbing a food-fix via the drive-through is more convenient than cooking from scratch. And that the thought of depriving yourself might feel depressing.
I completely understand how comforting food can be, how easily food-fixes are obtained, and that feeling of temporary satisfaction. But I also know that you regret eating junk food the majority of the time. I know that you get frustrated, feel annoyed with yourself, and think you’re weak. Maybe you feel disgusted afterwards and wish you were healthier and fitter.
I Can’t Stop Eating – Reversing Your Thoughts & Behaviours
There are many things you cannot change about yourself: your height (although you can wear heels), your blood type, and your digital footprint. But, let’s establish once and for all, that you can change your eating habits and inability to control your impulsive eating behaviour. You can learn to control both of these things more effectively.
If you want to change I will show you the way.
First of all, make it easier on yourself: do not consider food control a deprivation – think about what you will gain. Start simply by imagining a life where you are always in control. Allow yourself to imagine continuing the journey toward a life where you are not dependent on food to make yourself feel better.
Say it loud and proud: “I can do it”.
Instead of saying “I can’t stop eating”, tell yourself “I can do it”. You can beat the urge to eat a muffin by telling yourself: “I can do it, I don’t need you right now”. Or, you can be negative and say, “I can’t deal with this urge”, and capitulate. Don’t underestimate the power of your self-talk. What you tell yourself is extremely important. When people say: “This is who I am, I can’t control myself” or argue that “Something is wrong with me, I just seem to do it”, more than likely they will fail. But if they say: “It is so hard to control myself, but I can do it!” they will succeed.
This too shall pass.
Remember that every time you give in to temptation, you make it stronger. The discomfort of not driving past your favourite McDonalds or KFC might be strong, but the urge never lasts for a long time. You will not experience discomfort for hours – it will pass. Of course, it helps if you have a better alternative if you cook for yourself or buy healthy foods.
So, don’t sabotage yourself – don’t make yourself feel weaker by telling yourself ‘I can’t stop eating’ – don’t excuse it an inbuilt character flaw. You are strong, smart and capable – you need to learn new skills and develop a plan of attack and not be afraid to experience a little bit of a discomfort. Find out how with our Beat the Binge Online Program.
PS: Remember that you can do it, you were not born with a burger in one hand and chippies in the other. You learned to love this kind of food, so you can unlearn it as well.
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