As humans we make mistakes, there are no two ways about it. In actual fact this is often how we learn and develop ourselves – a natural process. Yet, when it comes to food why when we make a mistake do we just feel very guilty and at some point soon repeat that mistake? Well perhaps because that seemingly simple act is actually quite complex and by not exploring it, we simply don’t understand it and so never progress.
Throughout any health professional training we have to do something called reflection. When I was first asked to do this, I thought why on earth am I having to write down that I did something wrong and how I can do better next time. I thought it was such as waste of time having to do something surely anyone does normally in their head anyway? In actual fact, I just didn’t realise the complexity of simple occurrences and the benefit of analysing them in detail.
So, instead of just feeling guilty about your diet mistakes – what I want you to do is a written reflection. Reflection goes through the cycle of the process and breaks it down into simple and easy to understand stages – what happened? how did you feel? what was good/bad about this occurrence? why did this happen? what are you going to do when the situation occurs again?
This tool is excellent in breaking habits such as binge eating/ giving into cravings / skipping the gym. And, most of all it is practical – whereas guilt really isn’t.
Below is a resource you can use which will talk you through reflection in more detail. Remember – it can be in bullet points/ short hand as no one is reading it but you!
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