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Keeping Your Diet Alive

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Mark 2 vs. 21(NKJV)
No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; or else the new piece pulls away from the old, and the tear is made worse.

Have you tried to lose weight with a new fad diet, only to find that you made it worse, and gained weight? We have all at one time, or another tried some shortcut to lose weight,  The problem is, we often try and address an issue, without knowing the true nature of the issue and where it really began.

Most of our behaviors can be traced back to an area of the brain called the basal ganglia, this is where our emotions, memories, and recognition of patterns exist. This is a place of the mind that can run on automatic pilot for extended periods, which is why you do certain things before you even realize that you have done them.

To address a behavior you must use a different part of the brain called the prefrontal cortex, this is where you make decisions that are based on knowledge and information, rather than emotions and feelings.

If you have decided that you want to lose weight, a patch will not sustain your desire. Rome was not built in a day.  Feeling and emotions about food are sturdy and very protective, they come from an area of the brain that does not question what is good or bad for us, only what we want, and how we get it,  is considered.

To address the eating habits we need to stop and think about our relationship with food, is it tied to some happy memory, or do we use it to comfort a place of stress or other painful emotion? Once you have recognized what drives you to how you eat, then start making a plan for the change you desire, that works for you.   And while it may not be easy, the results are always worth it.

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