Choose to choose – The RESTART® Rule
One of the first things you learn in a RESTART® class is the RESTART® rule.
We always have choices. Starting today, choose to choose.
What does this mean? It means that when you reach for food, you are going to be aware that you are doing it. This does not mean don’t reach for it. This isn’t about being “good” or “bad” or feeling guilty. In fact, this is about removing the word “guilt” from our language when it comes to food – by being truly aware of what you’re eating – before you eat it and while you eat it – to avoid negative feelings after you eat it.
Recognize that food can nourish and support our bodies or it can hurt it. It’s really that simple. When we choose to eat something that can hurt our bodies, it doesn’t make us “bad” people.
There is a difference between grabbing and eating without realizing what you were doing and choosing to partake of something. The difference is awareness. Before reaching for something, create the habit of taking a slow, deep breath and asking yourself, “Is this what my body really needs?” The answer may surprise you.
Do you ever wonder about foods that you can’t seem to get enough of? One of the reasons we keep reaching for more and more of certain foods (like cookies or chips) is because there are very few actual nutrients in those foods. Our bodies need nutrients to be healthy. Our brain says, “Nope, not enough nutrients. Keep eating more until we get what we need!” The problem is, with foods lacking nutrients you could eat barrels full of full and your body would not be truly satisfied. This is one of the reasons why we crave more and more of certain foods.
“There is a difference between grabbing and eating without realizing what you were doing and choosing to partake of something. The difference is awareness. Before reaching for something, create the habit of taking a slow, deep breath and asking yourself, “is this what my body really needs?” The answer may surprise you.“
So, if you’re thinking that you’re going to indulge in something, choose to choose. Make it your choice to do so, enjoy it thoroughly, and then let it go. In the RESTART® Program we call this The RESTART® Rule: “Whatever I eat, I choose it consciously, I enjoy it thoroughly, and then I let it go!”
If this is something you struggle with, you are not alone! Consider taking a RESTART® class to better your relationship with food. You will learn about how the food you eat affects your body without deprivation, feeling bad about yourself, and with surprising ease.
To find an instructor near you, visit our Instructor Directory. There are many online classes – join one today.
Whatever you choose, remember to take time each day to take good care of yourself.