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Takeaways

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It is time for another U Fit Blog from Coach Helen Gribble! We hope you enjoy it and, as always, comment below with any questions or insights!

Takeaways were a ritual for me, and one that had been part of my life for many years.

The ritual would always start at the beginning of the week with a simple thought:

"What can I have this Friday?"

I would ensure I had the time to run through the options in my head. I would allow myself to linger on in each option, gauging how much I was enjoying the choice.

To help me make my selection, I would plan my food out for the week running up to Friday. I would add in unreasonably high amounts of salad and remove any food that I thought might be 'naughty'. In my head, I was creating 'credit' for my takeaway.

When Friday finally arrived, I would practically skip home from work excited that tonight was the night to order my food in and oh, would I go to town. I always over ordered and then over-ate, making up for all those salads in the week. I would eat until I felt sick…..and then I would eat some more.

When I joined U Fit I started to think about this approach differently, I began to ask myself:

"Did I enjoy that takeaway?"

The honest answer was that I did not know! I would eat it so quickly, without even tasting it, I couldn't tell if I did.

Through being at U Fit and having spoken to my coach, I learnt how to think about food differently. How to think less about restriction food in the week and creating balance. I found that I craved takeaways less, I didn't need the ritual in the week.

When I did have a takeaway, I realised that, if I stopped and ate slowly, I tasted it, I didn't like it at all….in fact for the first time in my life I realised it felt horrible.

Now I live with no takeaway menus and no rituals, and it feels great! ☺
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