Thinking-Eating Disorders (TM)

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HeartMark Health! Inspiring Others to Want to Be Healthy! (TM)

Your health does not start with what you put through your mouth, or your fitness routine. It begins in the deepest levels of your subconscious. In order to correct your eating routines, you need to re-engineer your thinking routines.

Do you have triggers that lead you to eat something that you feel that you shouldn’t? Make a HeartMark with your hands, shaping each hand to form healf a heart, joining them together, to complete the heart, take a deep breath and exhale all stale air out. Now take a new breath of air. Channel it this time to your brain. Please try to remember what thought came to mind just before you made that eating choice that you prefer to avoid. You can work on that thought to correct it. There are several methods. I will guide you through this and many other blogs.

There are so many paths that you can take right now. It depends on where you are in your healing process. If you are just starting out, it is probably best that you avoid the trigger if you can. Sometimes the trigger is not a specific thought, but rather a lack of thinking. Sometimes, simply eating one type of food can lead to a craving of another food. One great way is to shift away and eat another food, changing the taste buds. If you allowed yourself a few bites of the food that you want to avoid, then choose again a new option to change the path you are on. Stop, HeartMark, breathe, and think about what you are eating. Think about what else might satisfy you before you continue.

What if the trigger is a thinking process? You need to change your thinking process. Like an onion with layers, you need to peel away the layers to get to a fresh, clean start. You can also visualize the rewind button– you need to rewind to the moment in which someone in your environment influenced you towards this faulty thinking. (Are they still around you? Before you can address the environment that influences you wrong, you need to identify the thinking process that you need to correct.)

I say “someone” simply because children, if left to themselves, would eat when they are hungry. And they would choose healthy food. They instinctively find unhealthy food “nasty” the first bite. They continue to eat it usually because of imitation. And they continue to acquire faulty thinking paths as they grow. But that part we can fix! Back to the thinking paths. There are some common ones that many share in common! Societies tend to share these patterns.

Some common thinking disorder patterns include faulty ideas like: “Everything out there is going to kill you anyway.” “Anything delicious is bad for you.” “Once I start, I can’t finish.” “I have no self-control.” And then there’s the common misconception that if you said no to something ten thousand times, you have a right to say yes to it. The problem is that those ten thousand “no’s” usually take an hour at most… people with TED–Thinking-Eating-Disorders–waste too much time thinking about food. Saying no can be exhausting. But there really is a way to reach a moment in your life in which you will not waste time on faulty thinking. In fact, you will one day be free to have positive thoughts about other wonderful subjects. It really is possible. I will continue to guide you!

These thinking patterns are erroneous. They are plain wrong. Sometimes people say something and no one around has a good response to dispell the myth, so it remains.

For example, while it is true that over the years, many studies came out in favor of one thing or another, later to say the opposite. However, such a generalization is too broad to be accurate, and certainly not a good enough reason to build an entire personal system of eating choices on it. The studies that people read are not usually the best studies. They were conducted by other people, who are not perfect. (Most of the people studying food had their own set of thinking eating disorders. Few actually know how to eat healthy and why. I can discuss this in another blog entry.) The studies are usually conducted on a small group of a people, to prove a point paid for by… that needs to be questioned and researched as it pertains to the study. And most of the studies find weak correlations, not cause and effect. The majority of articles about health are written by amature journalists who are not experts on nutrition. They are barely knowledgeable. They usually barely research the subject before it gets published. The people who read these studies are well meaning folks who want to be healthy but don’t have enough information. Often, they use these results to support their already faulty thinking disorders…

In other words, the myth that everything out there is bad for you is a myth. There really is a reasonable consistency that healthy, fresh fruits and vegetables, calcium from sources that you’re not allergic to, whole grains, organic meats and fish from clean waters are good for you. And exercise is also a no brainer–it has to be a part of everybody’s life. There is also a general agreement that processed food, refined grains, too much sugar, too much salt, and too much artificial ingredients are BAD for you, as is smoking and drugs. You cannot argue your way around it and if you do, you are experiencing a “Thinking Eating Disorder.” You need to stop yourself, and reorganize your thinking pattern.

You can teach yourself to want to be healthy. You can choose to want to have healthy thinking patterns. You can be one of those healthy people that you are probably not interested in being. That’s okay. You should set goals that are more tangible. No one becomes a health nut overnight. It’s a gradual process. It happens when people make small changes that make them feel great, and then they enjoy feeling great. They associate feeling great with eating right and exercising. Then it becomes easier for them to maintain their habits. They teach themselves great habits. The change is gradual. Because of that, they can maintain their great habits.

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