When it comes to having a healthy dinner, if you are someone who is easily drawn into what we might call Craving Foods (or non foods as some would say) it can feel like a punishment and totally hard work, to have to eat a balanced and healthy meal, but why is that?
I want to explore, and make no apologies for borrowing Paul McKenna’s phrase, The Clean Plate Club because I took my NLP training with he and Richard Bandler.
I have to admit I became a little smitten with Bandler, as a force to be reckoned with. His powers to facilitate change in others is magical, and considering he charges private clients in the region of $10K it was a privilege to watch him at work.
It’s a great phrase and I’m sure many of you reading will relate to it as I do from childhood. Then like me you were probably taught that it was wasteful or rude to leave food on your plate which didn’t leave much room when it comes to forming life-long and unnecessary habits.
Your Parents Know Best?
Of course your parents thought they were doing the right thing, as their aim was to get some decent nutrients inside their kids to keep them fighting fit especially during the post-war ‘fifties, when I grew up, alongside a sense of you don’t know how lucky you are, nor did we.
After all don’t parents always do the best they can with their resources at any given time? And you reach a point when you learn to appreciate that at least, no matter what scars they’ve imparted 🙂
How many of you were also threatened with the starving children in Africa line (ouch!) and how wasteful you were being when there are children in the world who would be more than grateful, so the guilt piled up (just like my plate in later life) and it all went into the mix of learning how to turn to food for comfort etc.
Of course as a child the fact that there was no practical way of transporting leftover food from the plate to anyone, let alone those in dire need, was often completely missed (dependent on a number of factors).
Parental Awareness About A Healthy Dinner
Your folks did the best they knew how, but these days society has a more global, social, economic, political awareness and understanding of how this can fill a growing child with some pretty poor coping strategies.
And parents are far more savvy when it comes to implementing different tactics to help their kids eat foods they’d not wittingly chose, i.e. vegetables by employing more creative tactics.
And it’s not your fault, because over the recent decades we’ve been fed (if you’ll pardon the pun) a range of confused messages about what merits a healthy lifestyle, so it’s understandable if you’ve not known which way to jump.
And this is partly what lead me to becoming a Health & Weight Loss Coach (unexpectedly).
And my own search reveals that we need to apply a range of tangibles, among them is a relaxed approach to food, eating and weight, and reset any offset subconscious programming around this often complex topic.
And wherever we aren’t relaxed about food, eating and weight, is a good place to start.
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Changing unwanted patterns with all-things-food makes an enormous difference to everything else, especially how you feel about yourself.
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