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A binary view that food is ‘good’ or ‘bad’ is not accurate and often triggers feelings of guilt and shame- unknown
Our obsession with eating, dieting and weight loss is apparent, what we have become blind to is the root cause for overeating and lack of appetite or appreciation for food. We have become fools to certain food types- we loose control when we see a plate of small chops, the more puff puff in the pack the better the caterer. We stuff our face with all that fried food, at every turn, we ask ourselves who can say no to small chops, definitely not me. Only as soon as your plate is empty and you have left the party behind, you become consumed with guilt and regret.
I used to chastise myself about puff-puff binging. A little voice in my head was constantly telling me how big my stomach was, how foolish , how out of control. Until i reached a point when i decided to take on that voice and when i did, something happened; the more i berated myself for eating put puff, the more puff puff i wanted, but when i gave myself permission to eat them, my need for overindulging diminished.
When we are confronted with food at every turn, like it is at Lagos parties we are especially prone to “distracted eating” we are watching the crowd and putting food in our mouth, we say things like the party is not over until after the small chops. We wind up consuming more than we intended and then we feel bad about it. Guilt that will lead to panic- If i don’t control my eating, i’ll never stop, anxiety that will in turn make it impossible to figure out what we really want to eat or even if we are truly hungry.
I still enjoy puff-puff. but now instead of packing them in, i allow myself to truly enjoy them. I smell them, admire the shape, and appreciate the yeast action and the fluff with every bite i take. so not only do i find it more pleasurable, but i also feel happier when i eat it and less stressed.
To put it more concisely, Brian Wansink Professor and Director of Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, has identified four food habits that contribute to overeating: food as comfort, food as reward, food as punishment, and food as guilt. It is advised that you identify what contributes to your overeating and i can be sure it would be one of the four mentioned above.
Next, let me help you do find success with mindful eating, that will not only help you shed the pounds but will lead to to a healthier, happier and more successful life.
Just follow these easy steps.