{Friday Musings} “The End of My Cadbury Affliction” or “The Importance of Changing Your Focus”

I have a weakness for Cadbury eggs. The mini eggs specifically. Milk chocolate in a sugary shell…I can’t say no.

I have a fever and the only prescription is more mini eggs.

Easter is spring’s Halloween.

As a little girl, I used to dance around the house in my Easter dress singing made up songs about flowers while biting the heads off chocolate rabbits.

My Easter Bunny would fill it with chocolate eggs and chocolate bunnies and jelly beans. I got the milk chocolate basket and my sister got the dark chocolate basket. I hated dark chocolate back them…oh how times have changed.

I tend to buy myself lots of chocolate this time of year. It doesn’t help that Easter candy goes on sale in February.

Last year I went overboard with the chocolate eggs. So much so that the following Monday, all I wanted to eat were green leafy vegetables.

This year will be different. I mean, yes, I’ve already eaten about one bag of Cadbury mini eggs (probably more) since February, but I honestly think that’s it for me.

I’d had my fill.

I ate chocolate with abandon up until about 12 hours ago. And I’m done.  Not because I feel guilty for eating all that chocolate. I don’t– I actually enjoyed every little egg.

But because I finally made the mind-body connection. An abundance of mini eggs makes me feel lousy: tired and slow.

It seems crazy, but that’s all it took.

This realization reminded me of an article I read a while back about deprivation and restriction when it comes to eating.

There is a difference between restricting yourself with the goal of losing weight and restricting yourself with your health in mind.

One of the biggest issues I work on with my clients is getting away from feeling restricted or deprived when it comes to choosing foods.

I used to say that there was no such things as “good foods” and “bad foods” in order to get people away from that conventional diet mentality. I still think this is true to some degree, but only when your goal is to lose weight.

There are good foods and bad foods when your goal is health. These foods vary from person to person.

For example: I can’t tolerate grains or peanut butter. Eating these foods messes with my digestion. So for me, these foods are bad, and I should restrict them from my diet. I don’t do it because I want to lose weight, but because I know that eating these foods makes me unhealthy.

Feelings of deprivation often arise when the restriction is done for the purposes of weight loss.

So the trick to ending restriction and deprivation when it comes to your diet is to make that mind-body connection and genuinely change your goals. Why would you want to eat food that makes you feel sick?

When your goal is weight loss, it’s easy to get sucked into that self-sabotaging cycle and eat “bad foods” that aren’t “in your diet.”

Everything changes when you honestly focus on health rather than on weight loss.

The hard part is sincerely forgetting about the weight loss and focusing on the health.

Thoughts? Feel free to share in the comments below

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2 Responses to {Friday Musings} “The End of My Cadbury Affliction” or “The Importance of Changing Your Focus”

  1. carole April 6, 2012 at 2:40 PM #

    Your abstinence from all things chocolate could pose a challenge for the Easter Bunny this year :>

    • Allison April 6, 2012 at 2:44 PM #

      Hmm…I don’t think I’ll abstain from ALL things chocolate…mostly from stuffing handfuls of mini eggs into my mouth 😉 I’ll definitely enjoy some high quality dark chocolate…hint hint…

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