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Make Over Your Inner Eating Monologue

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More Diet Mantras to Make Your Own

Stop saying: "It's a special occasion, and I don't want to be a party pooper."

Make this your mantra: "I'll have more fun if I feel comfortable, not stuffed."

Going out on the town in a sparkly number that feels like a sausage casing is about as enjoyable as staying in to wash your hair. "People tend to worry that, if they try to restrict themselves, they'll ruin all the fun," says Albers. "But what really kills the mood is feeling bloated and guilty." Instead, have a little of the treats you really love (bacon-wrapped shrimp, anyone?) and skip the "filler foods" (think stale potato chips). "If it doesn't merit a 9 or 10, don't put it in your mouth," says Albers.

Stop saying: "I'm too stressed out to eat right."

Make this your mantra: "Healthy foods can help me feel calmer."

"Eating sweets and processed carbs causes your blood sugar to spike, which can actually increase your stress levels," says Albers. "Whereas knowing that you can reach for that apple you packed when you get the munchies instead of having to hit up the vending machine can make you feel more in control."

Stop saying: "I'm going to finish off these chips eventually, so I might as well do it now."

Make this your mantra: "The future doesn't have to resemble the past."

Just because you've never been able to eat just one handful of pretzels doesn't mean you can't start. "People tend to think certain outcomes are inevitable, but you can rewrite your story," says Albers. "One way to change your old habits is to visualize new ones. It sounds silly, but picturing yourself closing up that bag and putting it away can help you make it a reality."

Originally published on, January 2012.


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laura.griffiths737 wrote:

This seems too short of an article for me. I have 1,942 reasons to eat junk food or overeat at any given time, so, I need help with all of those too.

6/4/2012 08:15:17 PM Report Abuse
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3/4/2012 03:24:56 AM Report Abuse
jr0sar10 wrote:

This was a helpful article. I have not been tracking my food or exercising this week and I thought to myself "I'll pick it up next week," but I find when I do this I just continue my bad habits. Now I know not to put it off and to just do it!

1/26/2012 02:31:06 PM Report Abuse
y.mama1 wrote:

Great ideas! I will try to keep them in mind and put into practice!

1/16/2012 09:37:45 PM Report Abuse
heidiaspen wrote:

I love this article. It truly resonates with me. I have been a binge eater for many years and I appreciate these reprogramming techniques. I'm going to print them out right now and integrate them into my life. These are very practical!

1/16/2012 08:46:59 AM Report Abuse

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