Nutrition

Your Mood, Your Food and You

Your Mood, Your Food and You.  The word “therapy” should not be considered a bad word, even though it does tend to carry a certain stigma. Contrary to popular opinion, cognitive behavioral therapy is a very smart move when it comes to achieving your goals, and yes even your fitness and dietary goals.

Thoughts, Behaviors and Emotions

Cognitive behavioral therapy refers to therapy and exercises that take a look at the way you think and feel, and how these thoughts and emotions dictate your ultimate behaviors. Recognizing and working on your thought patterns can help you make breakthrough, not only in your life in general, but in your fitness and dieting experiences too.

Types of “Wrong” Thinking

Of course, there is no true “wrong” or “right” when it comes to what you think, and certainly not when it regards what you’re feeling. However, there are some thought patterns known as “wrong thinking”, or “distorted thinking” that are not helpful when it comes to accomplishing goals.

Some typical “wrong thinking” patterns are as follows: all-or-nothing thinking, mental filtering, jumping to conclusions, personalizing, labeling, magnifying and minimizing, disqualifying, should statements, over generalizing, emotional reasoning, blaming, and catastrophizing.

Distorted Thinking Applied to Your Diet Program and Workouts

How do these thoughts apply, and possibly hold you back, when it comes to your health and wellness efforts? Think of these examples; all-or-nothing thinking leads you to feel that you have to be perfect on your diet (all) or quit totally (nothing). You’re either on the wagon or off. This sends a lot of dieters into repeated yo-yo behaviors because they feel if they slipped up at all, then they have to start over again from the beginning. This is why you get folks constantly starting diets again on Monday, or the first of the month, or at the New Year.

Filtering can cause you to disregard all the healthy positive choices you made throughout the day, while heavily focusing only on an area where you may not have met your goals. It’s important to reward yourself for all the good choices you make on an ongoing basis.

Labeling may cause you to label yourself a “failure” because you ate two cookies that weren’t on your diet plan. The danger of labeling yourself as such is you will tend to act in the manner the label describes. How much further could you get if you started labeling yourself a “winner”?

What Can You Do to Avoid Distorted Thinking?

Monitoring your thoughts, and when you recognize distorted thoughts happening have the presence of mind to change your thoughts. This can go a long way toward your success. Part of your weight loss program should include forming new healthy habits, and that includes your thought patterns.

Mood Boosting Foods

Certain foods can also boost your mood, making it easier to stay positive and on track. Try including natural whole foods and lean proteins, along with foods rich in B-vitamins and healthy Omega-3 fats.

When you’re consciously staying upbeat and controlling distorted thought patterns through proper physical exercise, mental exercises, and the right foods, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the success you can achieve. Try this recipe which includes plenty of mood boosting fats and slow burning natural carbs:

Garlic Salmon and Quinoa
2 lbs wild caught salmon
2 cups cooked quinoa
5 cloves garlic – minced
1/3 cup olive oil
1 T oregano
1/2 t ground black pepper
1 t sea salt
1/2 cup white wine of choice
Lemon

Mix garlic and all spices with white wine. Add salmon and bake at 450 for twenty minutes. Add quinoa to pan and bake for another 10 minutes until salmon is flaky and opaque. Drizzle with freshly squeezed lemon juice and serve.

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