Awareness leads to change.
We prevent bad decisions before they happen, rather than feeling guilty for them after they’ve taken place.
Here’s how a client explained her “Noticing and Naming” story:
My biggest lesson has been the art of the pause or noticing and naming.
I had been following my nutrition habits, eating well, working out. Then I went to the movie theater. Despite my pre-movie pep talk, I found myself in the concession line. Even as I was standing there, I kept repeating ‘You don’t want this, you don’t want this.’
Fast forward 20 minutes, and I’m eating the popcorn. I felt lousy, physically and mentally. And for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out what drove the entire experience. Chalk it up to habituated response.
A few months later, I went to another movie. I had the same feelings of apprehension going into the theater. I told myself to just enjoy the smell of the popcorn in the lobby. Let it sink in. So I did.
As I breathed the stuff in, I noticed a strange feeling in the pit of my belly. I can only describe it as the feeling of need — the need to be loved, the need to be comforted, the need to feel secure.
Hmmm…all this from the smell of popcorn?
By pausing and really noticing what was going on in my head, in my body and in my emotions I was able to see the need behind the need. I was able to sit with that weird mix of emotions and I was able to see clearly that this was a need that movie popcorn could truly never fulfill.
Notice and name what cues tell you to eat today.
"Is this a need, a want, or a should?"
"Is this signal, or noise?"
Pay attention and observe what's happening.
This is one of the lessons we’ll be exploring for the 4-week Nutrition Reset that begins tomorrow.
Enrollment closes in just a few hours at 9pm.
If now is not the time it’s not the time but if you want help becoming the healthiest version of you, you can find all the details and enroll here.
I’ll be with you every step of the way.
Hope to see you in the reset!