As a society we build certain expectations around experiences through the medium of marketing. In more recent years, social media has helped to ensure these paradigms are perpetuated further in our digital world. How often do you see images on Facebook or TV of something so-called ‘perfect’? ‘The perfect family’. ‘The perfect hairstyle’. ‘The perfect night out’. We saw a great example of societal ‘kick-back’ to this phenomena recently with the advert pictured here. But the truth is, most of us allow ourselves to be affected by these images in some way.
How this affects our relationship with food
We have also allowed this culture of ‘perfect’ to manifest itself in our views on food. We are told that pizza is ‘bad’, chips are ‘bad’, they are greasy and loaded with carbs. But hey, you deserve it, why not indulge as a treat?
Reset the rule book
Who says that this has to be the way we perceive food? The limitations we put on ourselves lead to the continued belief that tasty=bad and boring=healthy and good. Let’s choose to reset the rulebook and prove ourselves wrong.
Breaking news: You can enjoy food and still maintain your ideal weight!
You’ve probably heard this before, and may be thinking ‘whatever, healthy food sucks’. The difference this time has to come from you. It’s about choice, and it’s about really thinking your objection through. Does it really suck, or have you been conditioned to believe that it sucks? This might be hard to take in at first, but to be successful in making a positive change to your weight and ensuring it sticks for good you have to be open to this concept. And guess what? You can still have a pizza. You can still have chips. You can still have spaghetti, and rice, and mash. You can even have a sandwich, or a dessert! But you have to be willing to reframe your view of what these dishes are.
It starts here
It will take a bit of time, and bit of effort and a bit of practice to reset your expectations and your senses. You will have to retrain your mind and body to enjoy food in a whole new way. At first this can be tough, because you are conditioned to expect something specific when you hear the word ‘pizza’. You may well even associate pizza or other dishes with certain feelings or times or people. It can feel scary to have this threatened. But believe me - over time, you will come to love this new way of preparing food. It will be rewarding and energising in a whole new way. And when you eat in the old way, you will feel sluggish and bloated, and wonder why you ever ate this stuff.
This series of posts will help you on your way
Over the next few weeks I will be breaking down some of the dishes that trip people up along their journey to weight mastery in a series of posts. I will be showing you how, with a few simple changes, you can continue to enjoy the food you crave, whilst maintaining momentum in your weight loss, or stability in your weight management. By the end of the series you will have at least a weeks worth of delicious recipes to enjoy.
The first post will blow you away with a delicious ‘spaghetti’ dish that contains a mere 350 calories per serving and just 8.2g of carbohydrates.
Continue here to visit our post archive for all the recipes and more great content.
What recipes would you like to see transformed? Do you have any tips for other readers? Let us know in the comments below!