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The Expectations Booby Trap

The Expectations Booby Trap

Some might argue, including me, that getting healthier is as much or more about your mental game as it is about the food you eat. Anyone who has stared down a cookie they didn’t want to eat knows the mental dialog before and after can be crushing.

But if your mental game can drag you down, you can also use it bring you up, raise expectations and create direction and purpose. Part of mastering your health is also mastering your mind.

Let me tell you about a client, Ron. He’s gone through the Breaking Free from Sugar course, and is in an ongoing coaching program to maintain his gains (many people stay on as part of a group program to continue learning and strengthening their new habits). He recently told me that he’s been having trouble feeling satiated with his lunch salad, even though it is chock-full of protein, good fats and fiber.

He said, “I think it’s not going to be enough, and then I feel hungry afterwards.”


This is the expectations booby trap: it can work for or against you. If you tell your mind that “salad isn’t enough,” your body-mind will comply with what you’ve told it and you’ll be looking for snacks all afternoon!

If, on the other hand, you tell yourself that you’ve made a beautiful, satiating salad, filled with all the things that promote health and suppress cravings, and then eat it with appreciation, you will stop the afternoon grazing in a flash!

You already use the power of your mental expectations in all that you do; it is the single greatest factor that influences the perception of your experiences.

If you think you can lose 30 pounds, you can. If you think you can’t lose 30 pounds, you won’t.
If you think you are overweight, you will act like a person who is. If you think you’re currently in a large body that is getting healthier every day, you’ll act like someone who is.

This is just one example of how our mental game can influence our self-perception and behavior. And it has everything to do with quitting sugar too :).

If you want to learn more about the Breaking Free from Sugar program, please join me for the Rethinking Sugar webinar. Click here to register.

If you’re interested in learning more about Winning the Mental Game of Weight Loss, send an email to start [at] breakingfreefromsugar.com and we can discuss some of the options.

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