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Page 8 Senior Times - April 2019CHANGE YOUR FOOD CRAVINGSBy: Christyn McCleary, TrvFitYou wake up each morning with every intention of eating “good” today.source of emotional comfort or a way to relieve stress. And quickly these associations and uses of food become habit. A habit that’s not easily broken.Food cravings don’t need to have the upper hand on you anymore. Here’s how you can fight back using your most powerful asset: your brain. Once your mind is made up about something it’s nearly impossible to change it.realized it, but up until this point you’ve placed unhealthy, fattening foods on a pedestal in your mind. As long as the wrong foods are on that pedestal you’ll continue to give into your crav- ings and will continue to gain fat.You’ll skip the drive thru line on your way to work. You’ll refuse to get fast food with co-workers at lunch. You’ll boycott the vending machine in the mid-afternoon. And you won’t even think about having dessert after dinner.Take the wrong food off that pedestal by listing off everything negative about them... √ These foods make you unhealthy.√ These foods cause weight gain.√ These foods drain your energy.√ These foods kill your confidence.√ These foods lessen your quality of life.√ These foods damage your love life.But then your cravings kick in... Your friend drops by with a big fluffy muffin and a lattefor breakfast. A group of co-workers invite you to that greasy spoon down the street for lunch. Cake is passed around at the staff meeting. And after dinner your honey surprises you with your favorite ice cream.Try this powerful mind exercise: Imagine that you are peacefully floating down a river on a raft. The sun is shining, birds are chirp- ing, and you are having a fun, relaxing time. You feel wonderful about the river because it’s making you feel happy.Every time that you feel tempted to eat an unhealthy food, focus on your list of negatives. Kick the junk off the pedestal and put some- thing healthy in its place.You tell yourself that tomorrow will be different. Tomorrow you won’t give in to food cravings. But then tomorrow comes with its own special circumstances, and cravings get the best of you once again.Now change perspectives for a moment. You’re now in a plane flying over the river and the raft. Instantly your eye is drawn to an enor- mous rocky waterfall. Then you look back to the person floating on the raft, having a won- derful time, headed straight for the treacherous falls.Create a STRONG positive association with wholesome foods. Now that your men- tal food pedestal has been cleared, put truly wholesome food items on it.Why Do Food Cravings Always Win?Let’s face it, we live in a world where food temptations are everywhere... which leads to cravings, to eating things you shouldn’t, to pounds gained. Again. And again. And again. Until you’re so fed up with your body that you don’t even know where to begin to get yourself back on track.With this new perspective of the river, do you think that you’d agree to get on a raft and take your chances floating toward the falls? Laughable, right? You’ve seen the hidden dan- ger of the river. You know it leads to pain and suffering.List off the things that you love about healthy food...√ These foods make you healthy.√ These foods promote fat loss.√ These foods boost your energy.√ These foods build your confidence.√ These foods improve your quality of life. √ These foods enhance your love life.Stores display the most tantalizing junk food items right where you could easily reach them. TV commercials for greasy, fattening foods portray them so scrumptiously that you literally salivate. Sugary snack items have full-page, glossy pictures in your favorite magazines. And as if all of these weren’t enough, the people in your daily life are another (constant) source of food temptation.Now your negative association (watery death) with the river has replaced your initial positive association (relaxing fun).I encourage you to immerse yourself into the world of healthy, wholesome foods. Browse the aisles of your local natural foods store. Stroll through a farmer’s market. Pack healthy snacks to bring to work. Clear your kitchen of junk.To make matters worse, you’ve been con- ditioned since childhood to have a positive association with the act of indulging in your cravings. You use food as a reward as well as aThis is the key to overcoming food temp- tations and putting an end to food cravings: building negative associations in place of exist- ing positive ones.Use the technique above consistently and you will soon find that healthy, wholesome foods are your favorite. And craving the wrong foods will be a thing of your past.Create a STRONG negative association with unhealthy food. You may not haveSAVE THE DATE!AUGUST 1-3ARCADIA CREEK FESTIVAL PLACEBENEFIT FOR:

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