By Fabio Del Piero
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Once a year people across the country decide to test their self-discipline, spending forty days abstaining from their particular vices, whatever those may be. Lent is a traditional Christian season, usually involving the giving up of rich foods between Ash Wednesday and Easter. However, despite its religious roots, Lent is now practised widely by both Christian and secular groups as a means of detoxing the body, testing resolve, and strengthening willpower. Many people see the period as a great way to commit to the positive changes they are seeking to make in their life, whether or not they have a particular faith or belief system.
People frequently use this opportunity to give up junk food, whether this is chocolate, crisps, cakes, or comfort foods like pizza and chips. If you have previously tried to give up junk food during the Lent period you have probably realised that the process is much trickier than you expected. If you have got a sweet tooth, or often find yourself rooting in the kitchen cupboards after a stressful day, the process of going ‘cold turkey’ from such foods may seem especially difficult.
Lent is a great time to commit to making positive changes in your life, especially when it comes to developing a new, healthier diet free from the overconsumption of calorific and fatty foods. However, doing so on willpower alone may prove to be too demotivating for you, in which case the following tips could help improve your chances of lasting the forty days, and even inspire you to keep your new healthy habits for good!
Top Tips To Help You Conquer Junk Food This Lent
- Do Not Think Of Just ‘Giving Up’ or ‘Quitting’ Junk Food
One issue that prevents many people from succeeding in their efforts for change, whether during Lent or any other time of the year, is the language used when thinking about such changes. The most common phrases associated with such changes include ‘quitting’, ‘giving up’, or ‘abstaining from’, all of which emphasise the breaking of your relationship with junk food (or whatever else you may be reducing). Instead of focusing on what you are ‘quitting’ or ‘giving up’, think about all of the things you seek to gain.
If you are no longer eating junk food, why not make a list of the positive things you will be gaining from the process? You are gaining better health, self-confidence, a greater level of fitness, a wider choice of clothing, and so on. You are moving toward getting slimmer and trimmer, rather than ‘losing out’ on anything. Rather than being frustrated about what you believe you are being deprived of, you will be excited and invigorated by all the benefits.
- Understand Why You Eat Junk Food
Although not true of everyone, it is frequently the case that if you find yourself constantly indulging in rich, fatty, or sweet foods you may be eating them for more than just hunger reasons. It is normal to enjoy eating such foods as treats now and again, but if your relationship with junk food is worrying you it may be time to examine why you have developed such a relationship. Some people ‘comfort eat’ when they feel sad or stressed, or your parents may have fed you such foods as rewards for good behaviour as a child, or if you are the rebellious type you may associate such foods with indulgence and pleasurable mischief. Whatever your reasons, finding out and breaking down what draws you to regularly eat these foods could help you understand the relationship with such foods better. Knowing not just what foods you should eat, but why you choose unhealthy and processed foods, can help you to move on from them and form healthier (both physical and emotional) eating habits.
- Realise That It Is Tough To Quit – But This Isn’t Your Fault!
Many people decide to use Lent as an opportunity to make positive changes in their life, often with the best of intentions and the belief that they can succeed. However, it may become apparent that such a change is more difficult than initially thought, which can leave you feeling defeated and self-doubting as you blame your ‘weak will’, believing you are far too stuck in your ways to change drastically. In some respects these thoughts have a grain of truth, but not in the way you might think.
What we call your subconscious mind is instrumental in running many of your behaviours, habits, and perceptions of the world around you. If you eat a chocolate bar when you are feeling sad, it is because your underlying assumptions encourage you to eat the sweet treat in the belief it will relieve your emotional tension. Your ‘weak will’ is simply the power of your subconscious mind! Breaking these embedded associations is challenging even for a person with the strongest motivation and desire to do so.
Struggling to succeed on your own?
Hypnosis helps to make changes on a subconscious level, guiding you toward lasting and effective lifestyle improvements and behaviour modifications. Hypnotherapy helps you to unlock the power of your subconscious mind to use it to your advantage, finding out the reasons why you indulge in such foods, and reprogramming the part of your subconscious that has those perceptions embedded. In particular, visiting the Advanced Hypnosis London clinic for a ‘stop eating specific foods’ programme of sessions could help you to make your decision to give up junk food for Lent a permanent one.
If you are interested in making your Lent resolution a more permanent lifestyle change hypnosis at our Harley Street hypnotherapy clinic can help you to achieve these goals. Through the power of your subconscious mind you can develop a healthier relationship with food, fuelling your body for success, and living a happier life free from a dependency on snacks or comfort foods.
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