Kia Ākina

Working towards lifelong recovery from obesity

Take Control – Think one day at a time

Taking control and planning each day what we’re going to eat sounds simple enough. But with busy lives and the convenience of living with food constantly at hand or just a short stroll away, it is very easy to drift along and quietly graze ourselves to severe morbid obesity without thinking about it. 

One of the most important things required for recovery from obesity is conscious thinking. Alcoholics Anonymous is onto it with its great saying “Think, think, think”.  In relation to food this means thinking about what and how we eat, rather than just having any old food fall into our mouth at any old time.  

But thinking takes energy and for most of us thinking about food and not eating it takes a lot of energy. So the trick is to just confine ourselves to thinking about today.  

Biting off a small chunk of time like this “one day at a time” (another great Alcoholics Anonymous saying) is how to make the necessary conscious thinking manageable. 

After about four months of practicing thinking one day at a time, the need for conscious thinking begins to become less. This is because thinking each day about what and how we are going to eat will have become a new habit and therefore something we do almost without thinking.  

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