This may seem like a silly question, but WHO is making your food choices for you? You may not realize it, but the foods that go into your mouth each day are influenced by a multitude of factors. Food manufacturers, restaurants, and grocery store delis work hard to make their foods the best and most convenient choices. In addition, we often let others influence our foods choices by giving in to the doughnuts in the break room, the M&M jar at work, or the open bag of chips on the counter.
This week I received an email from coach Philip Humbert with this One-Minute-Tip:
Every single day, we make far more choices than we acknowledge. Most of us allow the majority of our choices to be made out of habit or routine, rather than seizing the moment to actually decide how we want to live. My suggestion is to forget “seizing the day” (it’s too big) and instead focus on “seizing the moment.” Moment by moment, decide the kind of person you want to be and choose the activity that creates the life you want to live.
This advice rings true for your food choices too. The positive effect of making purposeful choices in one area of your life often crosses over to making positive choices in other areas too. Have you ever noticed that on the days you finish a big project or complete a challenging workout that you automatically make healthier choices in other areas of your life? Setting a goal and following through to accomplish it with no shortcuts builds confidence in your ability to make a choice that is uniquely yours. Every day you have the choice each moment to listen to your body and to choose an action that lines up perfectly with your intentions for your health. These are not choices made out of habit, routine, or choices driven by what you think you should do based on pleasing others. YOUR choice is always true, positive, and empowering.
Realizing that you have the power to choose what you put into your mouth can be a bit overwhelming. It is much easier to cast blame on someone else (“My spouse/partner eats dessert every night”) or on a situation (“My office break room has doughnuts or cookies provided free every day”) then it is to acknowledge that that sweet treat was 100% your choice. While it can be scary, it will also free you to create the healthy body you deserve.
Acknowledging and accepting this awesome responsibility will change the way you choose your foods. One of the participants in my Heal Your Metabolism program “got it” in a big way and sent me this message:
“… it feels like I’ve just given myself permission, and with your help, to figure out what will keep my metabolism operating at full tilt. I think it is so powerful when you realize that you have the ability to effect a change … and that’s where I am right now … I HAVE THE POWER … I just need to combine it with the best food choices ever!”
My message for you is simple: acknowledge that you have the power of choice to create a body and a life you love. Start with making the best possible food choice for your next meal or snack to create forward momentum on your health journey. Remember that it is a marathon, not a sprint, and training is required!
I’d love to hear your stories about how the power of choice of small choices added up to big changes. Share your story to inspire others!