Rediscovering and aligning with your own core values.
Your core value is your guiding principle of how you live life. Based upon what you have as your core value, will then dictate what you think about food and how you consume it as well as what you believe about food, what you feel about food, how you end up eating, and making your choices about food. Therefore, your core value will direct you to how it is you will actually live your life in relation to food. So, it is really important to think about your belief system because you can have competing values at play, and what you think about will create your end result. For example; lets say food is fun, you will gravitate to all of the different food choices that you think of as fun, your belief system will be based in linking food with fun and so whenever negative situations or negative feelings come your way, then your feeling of food as fun will contribute to reinforcing your belief, which will also form your habits and the results will be a diet that is not based in health but a diet that is based in food choices that could be quite destructive.
So lets do the same process looking at food as health; if my core value, my guiding principle is that food is health, then my thoughts about food will make me gravitate towards foods that are healthy choices. If my belief is that I link food with health as my guiding principle, even when I am surrounded by unhealthy food choices, I will look for the healthy food choices and stick to them. My feelings and emotions will be based in reinforcing my belief and as such, even when I am feeling negative emotions I will look for healthy food choices. That will reinforce my habits around food, in which the outcome will be self-affirming healthy behaviour.
Many people who do not want to look at food differently develop limiting beliefs, such as, that when on a diet life will be boring and unexciting and restrictive. People have linked restrictive behaviour with unhealthy behaviour. The goal is to be self-aware and have the courage to align what you do with your core values in order to make better decisions, and live a more fulfilling and purposeful life. We all need to live within limits, so you need to be able to set your limit and live within it. This is not a restrictive way of living, it is a healthy way of living.
Limiting beliefs are beliefs that keep you frozen, unable to find a way forward, keeping you unable to change your life. It is good to think about what limiting beliefs you have held onto. An example of my limiting belief is; I “should” be able to eat what everyone else is eating, that’s normal!
Taking a look at changing my core belief has allowed me to move past this limiting belief to a new outlook on life and food. My new core belief directs me to my truth about me and food. The truth is, that my body dictates what I can and cannot eat and, if I have an intolerance to what other people are eating, then it’s nothing to do with whether I should or shouldn’t be able to eat it, it is just not a healthy choice for me.
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