“I don’t like vegetables.”
A client said this to me the other day.
I have found that this is a pretty common sentiment among women who have struggled with their weight. You may have a lifetime of evidence that most vegetables are, “Blagh.”
When you go on a diet or try to eat healthier, you may take vegetables like medicine, forcing yourself to eat them. Meal times become something to endure rather to savor. At the very least, those meals are notsoul-satisfying.
And here you are trying to fulfill your resolution to lose weight in January—what many feel is the peak of the winter-vegetable doldrums.
Is it any wonder that so many resolutions fail?
What if you are dealing with a limiting belief? What if you could shift your perspective about vegetables just enough that you could see a path around this obstacle to create the radiantly healthy body you want?
One way to do this is to think about how you could make eating vegetables fun.
This might look like:
- Trying new recipes
- Adding a cup of spinach to your smoothie
- Experimenting with vegetables you’ve never tried before
What if you could prove to yourself that you actually do enjoy vegetables in some form or fashion? Maybe even love some of them? How might that alter your success at releasing the weight–for good?
How often do we limit ourselves because of an opinion, judgment, thought, idea, or past experience that we just assume is absolutely and completely True?
For instance, how many of you have ever heard, “You have to clean your plate because there are starving children somewhere in the world?”
Do you think that’s a limiting belief?
How true is it that your cleaning your plate is going to benefit any of those starving children?
How can that belief actually be harmful to you?
- Cleaning your plate teaches you to disregard your body’s guidance that it’s had enough.
- Eating too much food is at the heart of being overweight, which has serious health consequences.
- People are often concerned about wasting food. Extra food will either go to waste in the garbage or will go to waste in your body. You can either waste it, or you waist it.
- It contributes to a lack mentality. The feeling that “there isn’t enough so I have to eat more than I need.”
A lot of times, helping people see the flaws in their thinking is enough to help them move beyond it. But changing a long-standing belief system can impact underlying values.
If you’re upset by the idea of not cleaning your plate, what are the values you have that may be being challenged?
- If it’s wanting to help those in need, what would be a more constructive action than cleaning your plate? Maybe donating to charities that feed the poor?
- If the value is being sustainable, maybe you’ll want to start a composting system?
- If it’s really just fear or lack, then maybe you have some work to do about trusting the abundance of the Universe?
Whenever you notice a thought that is holding you back in any way, ask yourself if that thought is still true. Unless it is a Universal Truth—a thought that is true no matter what, no matter who, and no matter when—what is it that you need to do to shift it?
All it takes is challenging those limiting beliefs just enough so that doors open, paths unfold, obstacles disappear, and the solutions become clear.
A new thought truly creates a new you.
Together we can do it!
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