Food Crazy Mind: 5 Simple Steps to Stop Mindless Eating and Start a Healthier, Happier Relationship with Food
I love “Food Crazy Mind”. Davina Chessid writes about the most challenging part weight loss and that is a mindset. We are our own worst enemy or should I say our minds are.
Are you a mindless eater? Do you binge eat? Do you eat when you are not even hungry? If you are, you are not alone.
I was a grazer. If a food was there, I would eat it, even if I wasn’t hungry. So if you are a mindless eater, Food Crazy Mind is a book for you.
The Author, Davina Chessid shares her personal experience in a humorous was as she walks her readers through the “5 simple steps to stop mindless eating and start a healthier, happier relationship with food”.
You will love Davina’s writing style. She makes you feel like you are just hanging out with a friend. She writes about her personal experience so you find yourself relating to what she says because you are the same way. And I love this because no one wants to feel like they are the only one struggling with obsessing over food.
STEP 1 Exploring Resistance
This is when we want to make changes, but we end up sabotaging our efforts because the root problem is that we are afraid of change. This step is all about going deep and figuring out why you keep putting off making the changes that are needed. If you can’t figure out why you can’t make a change.
I have to warn you, exploring resistance can be difficult. It is about honesty and truth. Sometimes we believe our own lies and we hide behind our fears. Perhaps we use our fat bodies as a sort of a body armor to protect ourselves. But the bottom line is. We have to figure out why we resist change.
STEP 2 Introducing Mindfulness
Mindfulness is simply observing yourself. It isn’t about making changing tor doing anything different. It is about simply being aware of when you eat, why you eat, how you eat. It’s about being aware of the emotions you are feeling at that moment.
I love this section because you get to sort of play pretend. She suggests that you think back to a time when food was an issue. And put yourself back in that situation but pretend you’re are at your ideal size. In your mind walk yourself through how you might feel and act when you are your future healthier self.
STEP 3 Looking at Feelings
This section is about the reality that most of us who have struggled to lose weight often don’t eat because we are hungry. We eat for other reasons. Looking back I realize I actually eat my feelings. I was an emotional eater. And I will always be. But being aware of it gave me control over food.
It’s about taking time to think before you eat. It’s about just taking a few minutes to ask what you are feeling before you eat.
STEP 4 The Power of Habit
Change can be difficult, but once you make changes for the better and repeat it enough that it becomes a habit, it sort of becomes automatic. You almost don’t even need to think about it anymore.
However, changing a bad habit can be difficult as you have been doing it for a while. But in this section, the author gives many ideas and suggestions to help anyone get control and change their habits and over time, their relationship with food.
STEP 5 The Significance of Self Image
This is all about learning to love yourself for who you are. The development of self Esteem while losing weight is really tough.
I know because I spent many months working on pulling back all the layers and realizing that I am perfect just the way I am. I wrote an entire post about the development of self Esteem while losing weight. It is tough but so empowering. It is the final step to releasing the hold that food has on you.
This final step is about changing your thinking and introducing positive self-talk and changing your self-image.
I recommend this book to anyone who struggles with control. It will help you understand why you do the “crazy” things you do when it comes to food. The most important thing is to understand you are never alone.