Let me be see-through straight with you. I’m no saint.
I’ve hoovered my fair share of bags of salt and vinegar chips after 7pm. And I may have also been known to eat my third dessert of the night to the tune of the Game of Thrones opening number.
However, the big difference between the indulging Jen of today and the binge-eating-tear-flowing Jen of yesteryear (look at me using my Game of Throne-y words) is that Jen of today eats a lot more consciously and has her food guilt tamed to a mild meow that only rears its head every once in a while.
I still eat chips and cake and chocolate and bread and pasta. I still eat some things that are less fuel and more a bunch of fat, sugar and salt all crammed together into a lush combination of yum.
But that’s because I’ve worked hard to change my mindset from “I was good today. I ate spinach so I deserve this cookie.” to “Yum that donut looks delicious. I want it. It’s worth it. I’m gonna take a bite and see if it’s as yummy as I hope.”
And that’s what’s going to help you muzzle that voice inside your head yowling “Baby’s in bed. Eat all the things!”
You don’t need to put a lock on your fridge or tape up a pic of a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model to shame yourself into not eating a bunch of garbage after dinner.
What’s a heck of a lot more helpful and doable is creating a mindset shift.
Subtle tweaks here and there so you can end the cycle of binge, feel like rubbish, repeat the next night.
There are all kinds of mindset shifts that you can be making but one of the most powerful, but little known shifts is all about triggers and recognizing that the choices you make may not be conscious choices at all.