How To Write Your Own Diet Rules

I can’t overstate the importance of self knowledge when it comes to losing weight because most diet plans overlook it. They tell you what to eat. They tell you how to exercise, and for how long. But do they know YOU?

Of course they don’t. Maybe that explains why diets so often fail. If you want to be naturally thin, you have a responsibility to know yourself. If you don’t feel that you know or understand yourself very well, it’s time to get acquainted.

Think about you. Do you have predetermined dietary needs, like gluten or lactose intolerance? Do you choose not to eat meat? DO you choose to eat kosher? Make your own rules that reflect your preferences and schedule.

Consider who you are, even if it feels selfish. Spend time on this. Who do you want to be? How do you want to eat? How does eating fit into your life, and what are the best parts of your life that have nothing to do with food?

Sometimes, writing ideas down can clarify what you think, and that can take you a long way towards self-knowledge. Here are a few questions I want you to think about, but if you want to keep going, please do. A self-knowledge journal? I think that’s a great idea.

1. These are some of my favorite foods __________________________________________.
2. These are foods I really don’t like _____________________________________________.
3. This is how I feel about breakfast _____________________________________________.
4. I have a hard time controlling my eating when I’m feeling _________________________.
5. I do really well eating in these situations _______________________________________.
6. I have a hard time limiting my portions when I eat _______________________________.
7. This is how I feel about eating out in restaurants ________________________________.
8. I would describe my food philosophy like this __________________________________.
9. I feel strong and healthy when I eat ___________________________________________.
10. Am I a grazer or a binger? I think that right now, my food personality tends to be ____________________________________________________________________________.
11. I’m really good at _________________________________________________________.
12. I’m afraid of these foods ___________________________________________________.
13. I would like to change these things about my eating ____________________________.
14. I believe I am naturally thin because _________________________________________.
15. I’m also thinking about ____________________________________________________.

This is an excerpt from ‘Naturally Thin’ by Bethenny Frankel, available on Amazon.