How often do you think about food?
Do you obsess about food and think about it more than anything else?
What do you think about it?
A lot of my clients come to me wanting to think about food less than they do. They’re constantly thinking about if they’re going to eat, when they’re going to do it, what they’re going to eat, and how they’re going to get it.
These thoughts circle around and around in their heads and drive them bonkers.
So how do you stop them?
Make a decision.
How many times are you going to ask yourself what you’re going to eat without answering it? If you leave a question unanswered, it’s just going to come back, it’s not going to go away.
If you just answered it and made a decision, you could be done with it already and move on with your life.
You’re probably also looking to food for pleasure much too often.
If you’re getting a large percentage of pleasure in your life from food, you’re going to seek it out frequently. Our brains are designed to seek pleasure and if food is your number one, you’re going to be looking for it more than anything else. You think about food so much because you keep thinking about how much pleasure you would get from eating it.
Pleasure that lasts for minutes.
But where else can you find pleasure in your life that will last even longer? What do you like doing besides eating?
Find more sources of pleasure in your life to lessen the amount of time you spend thinking about eating.
It’s also important here to be realistic about food thoughts.
When you’re obsessive about it you tend to want to flip it entirely and never think about food. But that’s not going to happen.
We’re human, we’re alive, and we need food to live. It’s inevitable that we’ll think about food many times throughout the day.
If you eat 3 meals, you’ll think about it before and during each of those. If you snack, you’ll think about it then too. You’ll think about food when you see it, and it’s all around us to there’s no running from that either. But how long you dwell on the thoughts you think when you look at food is up to you.
You’ll think about it when hunger strikes, when you’re making your grocery list, while you’re grocery shopping, when it comes time to prepare or order your food, when you’re eating, and when it’s time to stop eating.
Food thoughts are going to happen. You can’t run away from them.
But right now you’re having too many and it’s because you’re allowing yourself to not stick to a decision about what, when, and where you’re going to eat so you can be done with it.
Acknowledge and accept that you’re going to think about food everyday, multiple times. When you find yourself asking questions about eating, answer them and move on. Lastly, find other sources of pleasure in your life.