One of my favorite quotes is from Liz Lemon on 30 Rock, “That’s a DEALBREAKER!”
Liz referred to a dealbreaker as something that would lead to a relationship breakup. So I thought, why not use a dealbreaker to end a crappy relationship I have with food.
We can use “Dealbreakers” as a strategy for interrupting the pleasure-seeking, stress-feeding thoughts the primitive brain habitually produces.
Brainpower or willpower is a limited commodity. It is gone by the end of the workday.
Dealbreakers are recognizable stop points for the primitive brain, which ALWAYS rules after a long, tiring or stressful day.
Dealbreakers remind me when to ask a USEFUL NO question of my primitive brain.
Dealbreakers will interrupt primitive brain thoughts that are screaming “I WANT!” and “I NEED!”
My easy to remember diet-focused Dealbreakers are:
- 5 pound weight gain.
- Food that gives me diarrhea or constipation. (Duh!)
- Processed foods.
- Dried stuff in a box or bag.
- Eating after 7:00 pm.
- Fast food made by random teenagers.
- Food shopping on a fast day.
Dealbreakers, Useful No questions, and great habits are simple resources to control your primitive toddler brain.
Bring out your dealbreakers and use them consciously!