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Friday, June 05, 2009

10 Food and Nutrition Affirmations

In my previous posting about Using Self Talk to Conquer Any Goal, I revealed how positive affirmations can combat and eliminate negative thinking. This article looks at how you can harness the power of affirmations and create positive food and nutrition habits.

When you have "convenience" food bombarding you from every direction, it can be difficult to choose healthy options and give your body the nourishment it needs. Too often we make the negative choice.

When you have positive daily reminders and effective self talk tools at your disposal, you will find that eating the right foods and feeding your body the best fuels becomes a lot easier.

Of course, there will always be temptation, but when you equip yourself with anti-temptation tools, you will be able to quickly re-focus your mind on your greater goal of getting healthy!

Using Affirmations to Make the Healthy Food and Nutrition Choices

When everyone around you at the office is indulging in burgers, fries, and sugary drinks, it's awfully tempting to join in, isn't it?

But what if you could stop that temptation in its tracks and actually choose to make a healthy choice? You don't need me to tell you that fatty and sugary choices are not the kinds of food that your body needs - you need to tell that to yourself!

It can be hard in moments of temptation to make the right choice, but with the help of positive affirmations, you can re-train your brain to replace the desire for junk food with a desire for healthy choices.

Affirmations help you stick to your diet, say no to temptation and eat nourishing and satisfying foods. How? By replacing the negative spiral of thoughts in your mind with powerful, positive ones.

But first you have to believe that it is possible to gain control over your thirsts, desires and cravings. The first step in making a lasting change in your life is to make the commitment to success. Are you committed? Do you believe that you can overcome your cravings?

Once you've set your commitment in stone, you're ready to learn these 10 affirmations to get you through moments of weakness.

10 Food and Nutrition Affirmations

Before reading the list below, you should know that affirmations are most successful when you internalize the saying by repeating it frequently. Whether you're having a good or bad day, you need to be constantly repeating these positive statements in your mind. Temptation will strike when you least expect it, so it's better to be prepared! Also, affirmations will not change your habits in a day. It took all of your life to get you they way you are today, if you want real change you will commit one month to repeating these positive affirmations at least three times every day... out loud.

  1. I can neutralize my bad habits with good food, exercise and healthy living.
  2. I am proud to reach out to my support network instead of leaning on food for comfort.
  3. I am losing weight for me because I love me.
  4. I set aside time just for me.
  5. My good health and productivity are the rewards for the nourishing foods I eat.
  6. Weight gain happens over time, so my weight loss equally requires time, patience and lifestyle changes.
  7. I use self-care, not self-control.
  8. The more I take care of myself, the better I feel.
  9. I am firmly committed to staying active and healthy.
  10. I deserve a healthy body and mind.

When you look at these food and nutrition affirmations, they may seem like ideals - behaviors and thoughts that you only wish you could have - but each time you affirm them to yourself by saying them aloud, you're slowly changing your mindset. Over time, these ideals will become your reality through your thoughts and actions.

But remember, you must first believe you can change. Once you make the commitment to your success, you will change your attitudes about food and you'll be thankful you did!

... and just imagine what you will be capable of doing next...

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