Every time you have a food thought and an intense urge to go off your meal plan in a big way, ask this question: “What am I asking this food to do for me”? Even if it comes to the point where you’re standing over a cookie jar and the aroma of those chocolate chip cookies is calling your name, ask the question. Force yourself to answer it every time. This question will shake you up, snap you into reality and make you mindful of what you’re doing. You will face the truth. And that is always the best starting point.
No New Year’s resolution will work to your advantage unless you can answer this question with brutal honesty.
Next time the urge to go off your meal plan strikes, ask the question and then let me know how you answered.
Cathy Wendler says:
January 5, 2012 at 7:31 am -
Ohhhhh, this is goood! (The question I mean, not the food!) Great thing to do for yourself! Am I eating/asking for energy and growth? Or am I “asking/eating” for stress/smell/anger/boredom? Which would equal “asking” for a bigger, unhealthy body.
Kim Evenson says:
January 5, 2012 at 8:09 am -
I used to play this game with my kids that asked exactly that question in a good way about everything on their plates. Then I would tell them about why the carrots help them have awesome eyesight or the yummy & lean flank steak will help them build big strong muscles and that broccoli rocks because it has lots of anti-oxidants that fight damage inside your body. I’m a total geek, I showed them how an apple on the counter turns browns as it gets damaged from the oxygen and that anti-oxidants work like lemon juice to protect from the damage. They’re not perfect eaters, but honestly they love fruits and veggies & when you ask what your food can do for you you can’t help but seeing how much produce rocks! Thanks for the reminder Raphael!
January 5, 2012 at 10:42 am -
Cathy – Glad you like it. It’s a tough question to ask but it helps to keep us honest.
Kim – I like it! How excellent that you did this with your kids. In our society a lot of people would answer the “what am I asking this food to do for me”? with an answer of… fix my problems, relieve my stress, alleviate my woes etc.