You Are What You Eat – NO, You Are What You Think
You Are What You Eat – NO, You Are What You Think
By Melonie Dodaro
We’ve all heard the phrase, “You are what you eat.” I completely disagree; you are what you THINK! What you eat is the manifestation of what you think. If your intention is to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle, you must first understand how the mind works. The mind is an incredibly powerful tool, yet few people ever stop to think about what creates our thought patterns, feelings and actions. Therefore, they have no idea what’s responsible for how they experience their lives. The answer lies in the concept of attitude. When we think of attitude, most people envision a type of positive thinking or having a bright and cheery demeanor. While that is an important aspect of attitude, it’s only partially true.
Attitude is a composite of your thoughts, feelings, and actions-not one of the three, but all of them working together in seamless combination.
These thoughts, feelings and actions are a product of our conditioned behavior, which includes how we were raised, how we’ve been educated, and who’s influenced our lives. We’re all a product of our individual experiences, and we each have a unique attitude concerning our health and fitness. To understand how these ideas and actions become ingrained in our behavior, it helps to understand how we learn.
Starting now, you’ll learn how to take responsibility, to live in the present and not the past, to work through your fears, and to stop denying and procrastinating. We’ve learnedeverything we know in four stages:
1. Unconscious Incompetence
2. Conscious Incompetence
3. Conscious Competence
4. Unconscious Competence
Here’s an example. A baby first crawls to move around, not knowing any other way and maybe not even knowing that there is any other way-unconscious incompetence. Eventually, the baby realizes another way to move, and soon develops the desire to walk; holding onto furniture and practicing-conscious incompetence. Soon, the baby learns to concentrate and take a few short steps at a time without falling-conscious competence. Finally, the baby becomes so competent that she can walk without having to think about it-unconscious competence. Once a process is learned, the mind moves that process into the subconscious, becoming a part of us that we no longer think about. This same process is at work when we learn to ride a bicycle, drive a car or use a computer.
Let’s look at this process as it relates to weight:
1. Unconscious Incompetence. This can also be described as what you don’t know you don’t know. You don’t know that you haven’t had the right diet and tools to reach your ideal weight.
2. Conscious Incompetence. What’s missing in the quest to reach you ideal weight, but what it is eludes you.
3. Conscious Competence. What you know you know; you know you have a weight problem and you know you haven’t been able to control it.
4. Unconscious Competence. What you don’t know you know; you have the power to manage your weight. It’s been with you all the time-it’s your mind.
Our mind always thinks in pictures. If I told you to think of your car, your home, or a cheeseburger, instantly pictures of these things would flash upon the screen of your mind. This is why we’re able to drive to someone’s house that we’ve been to before, yet we can’t give street names or a house number, or when following directions we use landmarks instead of streets to guide us. If someone tells us to turn left at the gas station, we see it in our mind and automatically know where it is. Our mind always thinks in images. Now let me explain a little more about the two parts of our mind: conscious and subconscious.
Conscious Mind: is the area that receives all the input and experiences from the outside world. As you’re faced with new events and ideas, your conscious mind has the ability to accept or reject any information it receives. When thoughts come to you from your surroundings, the conscious mind is the filter that allows you to choose only those ideas and events with which you want to be emotionally involved. The conscious mind is also where you create the dreams and goals you want for your life. The information age has increased the complexity of what we’re exposed to in our lives. Although in many ways this makes our lives more efficient and easy, it also means our mind must constantly choose what to process. Like most people, you probably don’t think of this as an active choice, but it is. If we’re constantly inundated with negative messages, we’re bound to choose negative thoughts and ideas that will be stored in our subconscious mind. We then become negative people with negative ideas and options-not only of the events in our lives, but also of ourselves. If we want to think, feel and act more positively, we must guard our sub-conscious with our conscious mind by carefully choosing what ideas engage our emotions and what images we view repeatedly
Subconscious Mind: is the “emotional mind” or “feeling mind.” The ancient Greeks called it “the heart of hearts.” The subconscious mind only has one answer to all commands it receives from the conscious mind, and that answer is always “YES!” The subconscious mind has no ability to accept or reject thoughts. This is why it’s important to monitor thoughts and ideas as we receive them in our conscious mind. The subconscious mind is a blank screen, and any thoughts we accept will resurface there. If we worry about something happening, then the subconscious mind will move us in the direction of having that negative thing happen. For example, if you say or think you’re clumsy, this thought may be responsible when you trip on a crack in the sidewalk.
Likewise, if we create a positive idea of how we want events to unfold or how we want to respond to the unfortunate things that happen in our lives, then the subconscious mind can and will exhibit that positive result. Worrying and focusing on what you don’t want takes just as much energy and time, if not more, than focusing on what you do want. You will always attract more of the same energy that you’re in harmony with, and if it’s negative, then that’s what you’ll receive.
Remember there is an upside to this and it’s that we can monitor our conscious mind. More importantly, we can teach ourselves to increase our positive results. I call it “babysitting the mind.” You’re in control of your thoughts and what you think about, and you’re the only one who can direct your thoughts and what happens in your life! You tell your body what you’re going to eat, when, and how much; you’ve got the power!
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About the Author
Melonie Dodaro is a weight loss expert, author and speaker. Her approach to weight loss incorporates showing people how to master their mind-body connection for lasting results. To learn more tips and techniques like the ones included in this article please click here: www.MindBodyFX.com.
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