Support Healthy Self Talk & Choice with Your Enough-O-Meter: A Green Mountain KISS


e-nough: adj. Sufficient to meet a need or satisfy a desire.

Oh, all those after-the-holiday sales. They kind of make you forget that you really don’t need the stuff of fantastic bargains. At some point you reach the decision point that enough is enough. How do you make that decision? Likely it will not be made strictly on whether you can afford the tantalizing whatever, but whether you already have enough.

How do you take the concept of enough into your being and stick with it? When it comes to spending, a focus on a savings goal with a purpose or payoff can often successfully compete wild shopping leanings. Thoughts of what you want to achieve with your savings can occupy your mind enough to inspire you to make a choice that supports your values and interferes with retail impetuosity.

Try creating an enough-o-meter inside of yourself. Self-monitoring enough can apply to stuff or food or negative self talk. If you’re invited to an elegant Sunday brunch with a scrumptious buffet table, you might use some serious self-talk to forgo all the gooey goodies posing as self-indulgences. Or you could check in with your enough-o-meter to help you decide what is enough for right now, at this time. You can experience the joy of eating food you really want and support yourself by saying “I will start with one because one may be enough to savor and feel truly satisfied. After I have one, I’ll stop and think whether it was truly enough.” So often we look for ways to reward ourselves or sneak around our internal self talk that supports healthy choices. The enough-o-meter can clarify or challenge you to listen to your body and keep moving toward balance. This is a mindfulness tool that you can carry with you at all times.

With awareness you can ask your enough-o-meter to tune into your self talk. When you have been relentlessly down on yourself in your head, you can say (or shout) ENOUGH! Using conviction and passion to stop the self-polluting thoughts can bring compassion into your internal conversations. Thought stopping is another tool to help you say enough.

So for this week’s Green Mountain KISS (Keep it Simple, Sweetheart), our campaign to help you make changes that work, I’m proposing that learning to say enough to yourself is better than dealing with your internal rebel who can lead you down a path you might not want to go when you say ‘no.’ Try dealing with your rebel by stepping into possibility. Let that good-sense gene kick in and notice your gain in inner strength with the loss of unhealthy choices. Enough helps you to put the taste back into food and mindfully be in the moment.

How can you use the word ENOUGH to support you in healthy self talk and choice?

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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

Marsha has been a guiding force at Green Mountain at Fox Run since 1986. In addition to overseeing a professional program that helps women establish sustainable approaches to healthy living, she is a respected thought leader when it comes to managing eating, emotions and weight. She has been a voice of reason for the last three decades in helping people move away from diets, an area in which she is personally as well as professionally versed. An accomplished writer and speaker, Marsha is the author of six books, including the online course Disordered Eating in Active and Sedentary Individuals (co-authored by Karin Kratina, PhD, RD, Human Kinetics), What You Need to Know about Carbohydrates (Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics [The Academy]), What You Need to Know about Vitamin and Mineral Supplements (The Academy), and The Pregnancy Cookbook (co-authored by Donna Shields, RD, Berkeley Publishing). She has worked extensively on a national basis to educate the public about nutrition and the impact of dieting on eating behaviors, including binge eating and emotional eating. Active in many organizations helping to further the cause of health and wellness, Marsha currently serves as vice chair of the Binge Eating Disorder Association and vice president of The Center for Mindful Eating and has been active in the Association for Size Diversity and Health in support of Health at Every Size(R) principles.

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