While one voice is telling you to choose a side salad instead of French fries another voice is telling you that it's the weekend and you deserve to splurge.
So, which of these voices will win out?
It is not uncommon to feel that you have competing perspectives when it comes to diet, exercise, or any other health decisions. In her lifestyle book, From Fat to Thin Thinking, Rita Black names these two voices your inner critic and inner rebel.
While the inner critic is negative, judgemental, and consequence-driven, the inner rebel is volatile, emotional, and impetuous. And depending on the scenario, you may hear one or both of these voices when it comes to making decisions on a daily basis. Especially when it comes to food.
Raise your hand if you've made an unhealthy eating choice and said to yourself "Well, I already blew it for today, I'll start eating healthy again tomorrow!"
Are you raising your hand? Yep, that's what I thought. We've all been there. And this is the perfect example of the inner critic and inner rebel having it out. The inner critic blames you for making a bad decision and tells you that you royally screwed up on this one. Then, the inner rebel comes forward and encourages you to take advantage of the screw up and eat everything you won't be able to eat when you resume your diet tomorrow.
Enough is enough. It's time to end the battle between the critic and the rebel. But how?
The only way to find peace between these two powerful voices is to develop the skills to become your own, confident, health-minded self. You have to commit to the idea that you are in control and those voices do not have to have power over you.
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