Life laundry and making a workable Budget part Two
As someone who has had serious issues with food and weight in the past( maybe that's why I went to University to study Psychology?;):))
I think food, like money has to be "thought about" differently in order to be frugal and stick to a budget, be it one of calories or cash.
When you are out shopping, you don't just blindly drop $50 on something you like the look of, because you are " in the moment" and "mindful" of what you are doing.
In order to control your eating OR your budget you have to get out of the " entitlement" frame of mind.
The Oh, well I cleaned out the whole house and did 3 hours mowing in the garden I DESERVE a big mac& fries, half a box of chocs, or whatever:bang:
Lot's of people work hard at difficult jobs all the time and don't blow their budget on a dress they don't need or an expensive meal they can't afford. Do THEY deserve it? of course they do, but to give in to all your wants means you haven't grown up, our inner child will always choose candy over vegetables every time;)
But if your inner child is now triplets, you gotta get with the program!
I like my food to be tasty and easy to make and not something I will live to regret eating.
I got into bad habits, by having one small bag of crisps ( potato chips) most evenings, and with each cup of tea one biscuit, plus my usual two little treats each day, my trousers were gettting a little tight, so I wrote down what I ate:eek:
Oh, dear, time to get back to THINKING about what I was eating, I cut out all the crisps ( but allowed myself a bag on the weekends) and made myself choose between a biscuit OR a small bit of chocolate............................I lost about 4 or 5 lbs in 3 months or so doing NOTHING ELSE!!!
Now I have either 2 biscuits a day OR 2 bits of chocolate a day ( about half of a SMALLbar;)
When I am in the shops and looking at all the wonderful chocolate, yes, I desire it, but I also view it as body junk!
It is quite demoralizing and depressing to be surounded by "junk" all the time, so why make your body junky?
When I am going through a particularly strong "eat me" phase, I will buy a brand of chocolate I don't like!
The reason I do this, is that when I eat it, I don't enjoy it that much and wish I hadn't bothered! I believe this tricks my brain into thinking that "well chocolate, isn't THAT nice, I will skip it this time".
The reason a lot of people are unsuccessful with controling binge eating, or a dietry laspse is because they have got into the "all or nothing" mentality", Oh, I have eaten two bars and messed up my diet, what's it matter if I have another four or five!
If you eat something you didn't plan on eating, don't shoot yourself in the foot by eating more and more, be kind to yourself and say, well I wish I had not eaten that, but hey, what the heck it's done, let's get back to it.
Don't succomb to diet food, in fact DO NOT DIET!!!! I think that the word itself conjures up deprivation, doing without, misery and feeling hungry all the time.
So do yourself a favour and just eat smaller portions (trick the eye by using a smaller plate),eat a little of what you want, but be honest with yourself.............no one feels your weight problem, but you, no one knows the reason why you sabotage yourself but you.
No one put's a gun to your head to make you eat anything, be it good or bad.
Don't buy cakes/biscuits, make your own but don't see them as a "right", they are a treat.
We eat out about 4 times a year, we eat desert at home less than that! I don't spend much money on food because I don't give in to my inner greedy child, I observe my restrained outer adult with the either or choice, of a biscuit or chocolate NOT both!!
If you stopped buying sodas(I drink sparkling water mixed with a litle fruit juice for interest!)and stopped buying candy and chips and all the rest, you will notice a big reduction in your budget.
Even those of you who bake from scratch, the LESS sweet goodies you make the LONGER your ingredients will last!
The food budget is one of the easiest ways to save money, but we need to be honest with ourselves.
Commerce is ready to fatten you up and slim you down, but most of all THEY want YOUR money!!
To be continued.........................................................