When it comes to eating and shopping, there are many similarities, but there is one big difference. If you over-spend and have too many outfits at home (and some may even get into credit card debt) then you can sell or throw out unwanted clothes immediately and get back to your budget. However if one consistently overeats, he/she can't immediately release the unwanted pounds without side effects.
So, this got me thinking -- why do people so often overeat? It surely doesn't feel good to be so full you can barely move and it definitely doesn't look good to have too much extra weight on. By looking at this situation from a shopping perspective, perhaps we can shed some light on to how to solve it.
Imagine you are in your favorite store and there is a fantastic sale on all of your favorite designers. What would you do? If you were like me, you would probably be ecstatic and start piling up your favorite pieces into the fitting room to try all of them on. After that, you would select the ones that make you look the best and then consider your budget of how many of them you can actually afford. The last step of the shopping galore would be to actually buy selected items and go home with an anticipation of wearing them as soon as possible! So far, so good, right?
Here is what I wouldn't do if I was shopping: I wouldn't buy EVERYTHING that looks good. I wouldn't buy more than one outfit in the same color, style and cut. I wouldn't buy so much that it would put me in a financial bind and I wouldn't wear all of the dresses, skirts, pants and tops at the same time. The reason being is that in shopping we know when we've had enough and when we need to stop. Otherwise we will look silly and be broke.
If you look at eating in a similar way, it may help you understand that you simply can't and don't want to eat EVERYTHING that there is. Yes, the process may feel good in your mouth when you chew the food, but we are all adults and need to understand that a 20 second pleasure of chewing will make us feel miserable for many hours or sometimes days later. If you think you've had enough, just try to observe that feeling and save the food for later. Get it "to go" if you are in a restaurant so you can have it later. Or put it back in the fridge if you are at home.
I am not trying to make you exercise excessive willpower or deprive yourself. But if you look at eating too much as shopping too much, then you will see that it is a simple human desire to stop when you've had enough and will feel uncomfortable later. Remember, you are eating for YOU! Not anyone else. You buy things because they make you feel good. Try eating food for the same reason -- because it makes you feel good. Not only now, but also later.
Why ask me?
- After many challenges and different crazy life experiences I am living my dream life and since my friends say I am pretty wisdomous and I think I am a little bit funny too, I want to share my life approach with you so you can live the life you love as well.
Here is a little bit about me:
- I am a creator of #1 Best Diet as selected by Harpers Baazar Magazine
- I started my career in the corporate world and didn't even know how to peel a shallot
- I have been a chef for celebrities for over 10 years
- I have a realistic approach to food and life
- I have a great relationship with food and can even let chocolate go bad because I simply forget I have it at home (something I wasn't able to do 10 years ago)
- I eat carbs whenever I feel like it without any guilt
- I used to hate to cook and now absolutely love being a private chef and a food relationship coach
- I wear whatever clothes I desire no matter what everyone is wearing or thinking
- I am in good shape and my body’s biological age is 13 years younger than the one in my passport
- I have experience being super poor, super wealthy and in between
- I’ve worked in corporate world and am now an entrepreneur
- I was married and divorced
- I used to cry going to work because I was so miserable with my boss
- I’ve had an emotional eating disorder
- I moved from Russia to USA alone at the age of 15
- I’ve lived in Russia, Europe and on both coasts of USA
- I have been super skinny and overweight
- I have been insecure and unhappy with reasons and secure and happy for no reason
- I used to wear glasses and healed my eyes with the power of thought and exercises
- I created "Couture Nutrition®" so you can have tailor-made solutions for your body and soul
- My brain usually comes up with jokes to soften stressful situations
- I think color coordination, sparkles and rainbows are underused