Health and Wellness, | 03.21.21
The scientific method is important because it keeps people from jumping to conclusions too early and thereby getting the wrong result. In other words, it is a process to help put our biases aside and let science do it’s thing to get an accurate result.
We can apply these same principles to our own relationship with food. Because if there’s one thing we have bias and judgment about, it’s definitely this. We’ve been on the diet rodeo more times than we can count and received numerous helpful and unhelpful suggestions along the way. It’s understandable that you’d feel disheartened, confused, and mistakenly blaming yourself.
So in order to keep our own bias out of the equation, it’s important that we look at our “lapses” in our relationship with food with fresh eyes. Step one is to get curious. If you were an alien, visiting your life for the first time, what would you notice? What situations, thoughts, emotions, people, and other triggers led to you going off-plan? There’s so much to learn!
Next, it’s time to muster up self-compassion and self-forgiveness. There’s a cause for everything and this slip-off plan is no exception. With so many variables at play – such as our habits, vulnerabilities, and the sequence of events that played out – there’s so much to explain what happened. That’s not to say it’s hopeless – it just makes sense!
Finally, it’s time to make a corrective action plan to help you go down a different path next time. Where could you have gone in a different direction? No shame – only helpful suggestions!
And as always, know that Team MC and the Beacon are here to help. We’re here rooting you on always.