My relationship with food and eating hasn’t always been plain sailing: quite the opposite in fact. Food was for sure my drug of choice growing up and my preferred tool to cope with the trauma of growing up with a mentally ill father.
I’m grateful though, not only because I could have easily chosen a WAY more destructive and debilitation coping mechanism, but also because those challenges taught me SO much of what I know now. By really understanding the subtle dynamics of what I call the “psychology of eating” I am able to help our clients identify the root causes of their unbalances with food which is a FUNDAMENTAL step to achieving long lasting results.
Here’s the thing, you can eat all the “right” foods and know everything there is to know about healthier choices, calories, macro-nutrients etc. but if you don’t investigate and improve how you eat and why, you will still struggle to find peace and effortlessly maintaining a healthy weight. Most of us know a lot about how we could improve our diets to get positive results: why is it so hard to make the necessary changes then? The answer lies precisely in your very unique “psychology of eating”.
Having said all that, there are some harsh and universals truths around eating and weight-loss that I’ve found apply to everyone’s journey to some extent and will certainly help you make a shift in perspective that’s needed to improve: I’ve come to identify these in my work with hundreds of busy and time pressed professionals all around the world and I truly believe you will get value and insights that you can implement right away.
So here comes the sixth of the 7 harsh truths of permanent weight-loss:
6. All taste is acquired besides from breast milk: you CAN learn to enjoy simpler food if you choose to. Taste is not absolute, it is not set in stone, it is not binding and most importantly it is NOT in charge of your wellness journey. Guess who’s in charge? That’s right, you are. Letting taste dictate your choices is a little bit like allowing a toddler to run your household: they will most definitely fail you but not because they mean bad, simply because they don’t know any better.
Don’t get me wrong here: I’m not an advocate of boring and tasteless food that you don’t enjoy. Enjoying the journey and pleasures in life is a fundamental part of a healthy and balanced routine but these joys should NEVER come at your detriment. In fact, learning to enjoy simpler pleasures in life will truly make a huge difference not only to your weightless journey but your life as a whole.
In many cases in fact, our taste buds have actually been hijacked by the prolonged consumption of processed foods high in fat, sugar and salt so you’ve effectively lost the taste for the foods that we’re meant to be eating. Remember that you can easily become used to and even learn to enjoy something that’s actually not good for you if it stimulates your dopamine centers in a certain way: that’s ultimately how cigarettes, alcohol and drugs work.
Think of when you were little: I’m sure you can come up with at least a handful of items that you really disliked when you first tried them but you know love. Re-Training your taste buds is not only possible but also necessary to achieve permanent results: it should be done in a smart and systematic way to make the precess as effortless as possible but it can’t be avoided.
The more you embrace and enjoy trying new, healthier foods or going back to more wholesome eating habits, the higher (and faster) your rate of success. There’s a reason why the kings and queens of the world used to die prematurely from chronic diseases that were unknown to the peasants: the goal is to live like kings and queens but eat like peasants so that we can have the best of both of both worlds!
Stay tuned for the final harsh truth. How does reading this make you feel? Comment below and make sure you like and share this so we can spread the love ?