By Gina Stallone
So you overdid it this past weekend…and now you are fighting that annoying voice inside your head which is telling you how bad you are for eating those things. You probably hear that loud voice every time you pick up a sweet or fattening food. That same voice may even tell you that to compensate for your “bad meal,” and you have to now spend hours sweating it all out in the gym. Well, that’s your food noise.
SkinnyGirl creator and best-selling author, Bethenny Frankel, made food noise famous. She defines food noise as the irritating, obsessive voice inside our heads constantly telling us about what we ate, what we didn’t, that we were good for not eating something, or bad for eating something decadent.
Food is often linked to emotions, rather than a means for survival. Once we learn to separate the two, the food voice can emerge. Your food voice helps you decide what it is you really want and when you want it…and tells you that it’s okay to have it all, but not all at once.
It’s okay to have the things we love in moderation. After all, deprivation is one of the biggest reasons weight loss fails. If we deprive ourselves the ability to have a scoop of ice cream or a few nachos, then we end up binging on them, which is much worse.
All too often, we find ourselves obsessing over food. We count calories, track macros, and agonize over every bite of food we take. It even leads us to become obsessed with burning off those extra calories. Instead of a normal workout, people go extra “hard” and eat less than the norm in order to undo one bad meal or one bad day of eating…which is actually unhealthier than the meal itself. It truly is ok to treat yourself from time to time.
People are always asking me how I’ve kept the weight off and what my secret is. Truthfully, there is no secret. I still struggle every single day. I have to watch what I eat and be very diligent about my workouts…or I WILL gain the weight back. I follow a mostly clean diet, not just for the sake of keeping the weight off, but to keep my stomach issues at bay. I would be lying if I said I was strict. I have a terrible sweet tooth. I’ve learned that it’s better to allow myself things within reason. My past experiences have proven that depriving myself of the things I really crave will only lead to a downward spiral and undo all of my hard work. I have learned to stop obsessing and to start enjoying my food, and you can too!
At the end of the day, one of the biggest lessons that you learn during your weight loss journey is that it’s more mental than it is physical. Sometimes, we are our own worst enemy , and we often stand in our own way. Once we get out of our own way, we can open the door to so many more possibilities and pave the way for an amazing journey.