THE MOST PORTABLE SKILL: YOUR IMAGINATION
Using your imagination is a valuable skill for building a healthy relationship with food and self. Here is a creative exercise to try: pretend your mind is a movie camera in fast forward mode!
Imagine you have an urge to grab a slippery treat that you know will steal your serenity. You know, the food that always steals your serenity. Maybe you can’t sleep and decide it is a good idea to eat a couple of scoops of peanut butter from the jar or delude yourself that corn chips are a vegetable.
Try this: take a moment to be still. Then use the movie camera of your mind and fast forward to how you might feel AFTER you indulge. Then, imagine NOT indulging and think about how you will feel when you wake up refreshed and successful.
Avoiding self-destructive eating means practicing every skill you have and tolerating every feeling. Thinking through your food pattern requires activating both rewind and fast forward. Thinking it through means you have beautiful consequences that come from healthy choices.
Rewind to the thought or feeling that prompted a behavior. Fast forward to the feeling you get when you resist giving in to the destructive food thought or behavior. Using those modes allows you to be in control of that imaginative mind of yours!
We get to be creative as we strengthen our relationship with food and build a big life. A life in which you are the director of it all.
Lights, camera, and action!