Dieting is a billion dollar business and each new year a stream of ready and willing participants sign up for new programs and gyms and crazy equipment. All of this time and energy (at least initially) spent on trying to get smaller and smaller. Or at least thinking about loosing a few dress sizes. What if we refocused that energy to something more positive, something more important? What if instead of the size of our clothes we focused on adding more joy to our lives?
Cutting out whole food groups, fasting on cabbage soup and ingesting toxic chemicals may not be a stretch, but adding more joy may seem like a diet for crazy people. Imagine what we as a nation as a planet could accomplish if we just addressed some of the main reasons for our mass depression, our mass unhappiness? We are conditioned to hate our selves! The media is making us think something is wrong if our hair isn't a shiny color, if our butts don't look like a twelve-year-old. This is starting to toxify our society one person at a time. Self-hate is a major unspoken epidemic and there is no cure but to consume, to buy a multitude of products and surgery. This is bullshit.
If this sounds like you, you are ready for a cleanse! A detox of giant proportions is in order and the first thing in order is to kill your TV! I am talking about KILL it! The commercials are poisoning you! Physically move yourself from the couch and get away while you can! It's hard, I know, but there are chores, books and bubble baths waiting on the other side. Not just the commercials though my friends, the shows are pure toxic as well. Do you find yourself trying to keep up with some HOUSEWIVES from somewhere else?? A sure fire sign you are on a downward spiral!
Okay, so I am sounding extreme. At the very least you could DVR your shows, cut out all commercials and maybe start to wean yourself off of any programs that have you questioning your house, looks or person in general.
Next step, change how you talk to yourself. This is a biggie! Do you ever notice that you say things to/about yourself that you would NEVER utter to another living soul? Do you grab places on your body and talk down to them? That's a sure sign you need an injection of positivity, a cleanse of gross thoughts about your own body. The very thing that gets you around each day! Have you not been able to take a compliment? When people say nice things to you do you deflect them, or repute with a negative comment about yourself? The classic, "Well thanks, but after these last 5 lbs I'll even feel better..."
One last thing, has this started to spread? Has your negativity started to spread out of just your own person? Are you starting to do this in front of friends, family or god- for -bid your kids? If so, this is the last and sure fire sign you need help, and you need it NOW!
So you are all asking how, how do I help myself? All of the above sounds like me! It's simple. Instead of dieting on cabbage (you can still eat it peeps, I promise;)....You need to put yourself on an immediate diet of compliments. You need to start seeing the bright side of things. You need to suck up all these negative comments you normally say to yourself and change them. First thing in the morning you need to remind yourself how lucky you are just to WAKE up!
The break-down, the DIET....
1. Kill your TV, or if your not into extreme dieting at least start to slowly wean yourself from negative images including but not limited to TV, Celeb magazines, and disturbing Internet images.
2. Talk Clean to Yourself. Stop the dirty talk, stop telling yourself that you are not good enough. Stop buying crap off the TV that tells you it will make you better. You are already good enough, and you have all the tools inside to deal. EVERYTHING YOU NEED, YOU ALREADY HAVE! It is all there, in your heart.
3. Talk Clean to Others. Speak highly of yourself to others, show them that you are good enough and they will listen. Show your friends how highly you think of yourself and they will believe you. Show your kids how to treat themselves by leading them with good examples. How will they ever be self-confident and positive if you are not? Don't allow negative speak from others...Tell them you live in a positive zone, and you don't want to surround yourself with any toxicity. They will start to notice how they dirty talk themselves and will start to slowly change their vocabulary as well.
That's it. 3 steps to living lighter. You should start to feel lighter in minutes....easiest diet EVER!
A couple of tips...
Find some inspirational quotes and post them around the house
Do deep Yogic Breathing and Meditate a couple of minutes throughout the day
Catch yourself, if you internally start to whine to yourself catch it, change it and move on.
Pamper yourself, you are worth it! Bubble baths, massage, walks out side, hot tea...
Some Motivation from The Teachings of Abraham Well Being Cards...
There is an abundance of everything (Shortage is only a perception)
It is not my responsibility to convince anyone of anything
I choose to be here in this glorious physical body (To be this me has been my choice)
I want to feel GOOD
Whatever abundance I seek is mine.
Well being is my natural state of being
I choose my unique path to joy
*As with any advice, I am not a medical doctor so what do I really know?