Day 1 Review

Here is your video review and explanation about the day 1 tasks.

There are some more ideas below

“what would be the advantage be if you could sort out your relationship with food”

To help you out, here are some of the other answers people have given.

Not take laxatives
Able to express emotions
Not feel too fat
Self-esteem is no longer dependent on weight
Not punish themselves after a meal
Have a realistic image of self
Can eat three meals a day
Has no binges
Does not vomit after dinner
Does not use diuretics
Is not obsessed by food and weight
Is able to express emotions (non-verbal)
Is able to handle negative emotions
Is not isolated
Feels no need to slim excessively
Does not use slimming pills
Accepts appearance
Is in touch with their own feelings
Has a positive experience of their body
Has adequate self-esteem
Is able to handle positive emotions
Is not depressed
Amount of calories is normal
Heartbeat is normal
Is able to handle conflicts
Sleep normally
Is able to make contact with others
Has some friends
Is not extremely perfectionistic
Dare to express a different opinion

b) That weird questionnaire : this really starts you thinking about behavioural flexibility as discussed by Ben Fletcher.  According to Fletcher the more flexible or open minded you are,  the more effective you are in food and weight management. Changing all sorts of (bizarre) stuff opens up the possibility that you are in charge of change!

C) the seated mindfulness exercise This approaches  weight issues from the perspective of previous trauma or  accumulated allostatic( stress) load. This sets out a crucial drill to persuade your primitive brain you are safe. From Widen the Window by Elizabeth Stanley. Please practice this every day, as I’ll need you to own it as a place of safety for a drill we will do later on during the week!!

D) Eat regularly

This is an all too common reflection

“I was working long hours in a demanding position, and I was always putting work first. I’d skip breakfast entirely in my rush to get to the office, and I wouldn’t stop for lunch until early afternoon. By the time I got home in the evenings, I was exhausted and ravenous.  Dinner would almost always be a binge, because it felt like the first opportunity I’d had all day not just to eat, but to relax. Those two things became so connected to me. Food was my number-one way to relax.”

This results in the blood sugar level falling very low,  and cravings will occur. Persistent overeating can make your insulin response so sensitive that you could be suffering from low blood sugar all the time, leading to fatigue, depression, mood swings, and easy weight gain. Control over blood sugar is an important factor influencing food cravings and weight control. 

By eating 6 times daily, starting right at the beginning of the day, you should not get too hungry, your blood sugar level should stabilise, and many of your cravings could be gone.