First off, I invite you to read THIS ARTICLE to help you improve your relationship with food.
As promised, here are a few simple tips to help you practice mindful eating.
Whereas the above article (link) can help with improving your relationship with food, the below tips are specific to when you indulge. Most people do not have an unhealthy relationship with food they term healthy and feel good when eating is under control.
The food mind games likely occur when you indulge, eat something you term "off limit" or feel "off track" with your eating.
(Be sure to practice these tips throughout the holiday season when you will be presented with more treats than normal.)
Many athletes struggle with eating in the evening in that this is the time when cravings hit full force or hunger is hard to tame. Always honor your biological hunger.
Because we want to avoid the negative thoughts associated with eating/food which may affect how you exercise/train and eat the next day, tell yourself that when you wake-up in the morning, you should never regret what you ate the night before. Own-up to your food choices. If you are going to eat something at or between dinner and bedtime, feel great about it (don't hate yourself for it the next morning). This tip is so powerful.
I need at least 3-4 bites of a cinnamon roll, banana bread or carrot cake but I am good with one bite of a cookie or piece of cake (I give the rest to Karel) to feel happy inside my tummy.
Store-bought apple pie from the freezer section or Grandma's homemade apple pie or?
Think about what you are eating, when you are eating it and why you are eating it.
No need to be obsessed.
Above all, when you eat or indulge, be sure you feel amazingly, awesome, happy and satisfied after you eat.