If I told you there was one simple thing you could do so that you’d stick to your diet, quit carbs, ditch sugar, or clean up your diet what would you say?
It’s ridiculous to expect perfection, especially when it comes to dieting. That’s downright impossible.
As a delightfully imperfect human being, you may “slip” at some point on your healthy adventure. And that’s fine. It’s to be expected.
But when or if you fall off the wagon,” what you do matters.
If you use your binge as an excuse to beat up on yourself, you’ll pave the way for more failure and inevitable weight gain.
If, on the other hand, after you slip and eat sugar, carbs or other unhealthy snacks, you can ultimately succeed if you shower yourself with kindness, self-compassion, and understanding.
In fact, a growing body of research reveals that self-compassion is exactly what you need when you start or blow your diet or if you need help to get back on track, according to Kristin Neff, Ph.D., author of Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself.
For instance, compassion can help you:
- To calm yourself after you blow your diet.
- Self-compassion triggers oxytocin, the “feel-good” hormone.
- To say to yourself if you’ve overeaten or done something else self-destructive.
- To do a self-hugging practice, which makes you feel good.
- And so much more.
By the way, self-compassion helped me quite a bit in late 1012, when I had a Carb Relapse while facing trauma, anguish, grief over the death of my Mom, etc.