Is Your Inner Child Making You Fat?
It’s pretty clear after the fact that the decision wasn’t a good one. But why did you say yes, even when part of you wanted to say no? No willpower, right? Actually, the explanation may not be that simple. Someone else, or something else, might have made that decision for you…
No, you’re not possessed by some cake-crazy other-being! But are you letting your "Inner Child" make your food decisions for you?
Read on to learn more.
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An ice cream crisis
Picture this. You’re walking through the shopping centre after a long shopping trip, arms loaded with bags, credit card feeling rather the worse for the wear. You’re almost at the exit when you catch sight of a Baskin Robbins sign. Oh wow, an ice cream would be just the thing right now, wouldn’t it? On automatic pilot, your feet find their way over to the counter…
"But no!" you tell yourself. "You’re not having ice cream. It’s not good for you. You haven’t even had lunch yet. You should eat a carrot instead. You don’t deserve ice cream. You’re fat. You need to lose weight. So walk away. Walk away now."
And you do – for about two seconds. Then the mental screaming kicks in: “But I want it! I need it! I have to have it! I want that ice cream and I want it NOW!”
No automatic pilot is necessary to get you to the counter this time. And it’s a triple-scoop of Deluxe Chocolate Almond ice cream for you.
A bloated stomach and nearly 1000 calories later, you start to wonder whether there wasn’t a better way to have dealt with the situation. Telling yourself the ice cream was bad for you didn’t work, but giving in to your unhealthy demands has left you in pretty bad shape – in more ways than one. What you really need is another option; an alternative way to make good decisions that won’t leave you craving or raving.
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