Have you ever tasted something and didn’t like it, but then finished it anyway because you paid for it, only to feel unsatisfied and then eat something else on top of it even though you were no longer hungry?  I know I have.  This can be an unconscious way we overeat because we tend to forget about consuming the food we didn’t like and only register the food we did.  But your body knows what you consumed, and it now has to deal with the excess it didn’t need.  That excess often gets stored as body fat.

I used to do this a lot until I understood why:  Any time you continue eating something you don’t like, it’s because you have a belief driving that action.

The minute you realize you don’t like what you’re eating, do you hear thoughts in your head like these?

“That was expensive.”

“I already bought it, so I might as well finish it.”

“I don’t want to waste my money.”

We believe that we’re somehow “saving money” by consuming the food or drink rather than throwing it away.  But here is something to consider: Aren’t you and your health worth more than the cost of that item?

Let’s do some math on a recent experience I had to give you some perspective on what I’m talking about.  One Friday night I treated myself to a bottle of wine that cost $15.00.  I had one generous glass that was nice, but it didn’t knock my socks off, plus I felt really run down the next morning.  Still, there was about three generous glasses left and I contemplated finishing the bottle over the weekend “because I paid for it.”

The next day, I used my free coupon at Peet’s Coffee and tried out a Pumpkin Spice latte for the very first time.  After three sips, I found that I didn’t like it at all.  I thought about finishing it because I didn’t want to “waste my free coupon,” but then I thought better of myself and decided to pour the latte down the drain.  While I was at it, I poured the rest of the bottle of wine down the drain, too.  I didn’t love it, and I didn’t like the way I felt after drinking it.  I did the math and decided that I was worth more than $11.25.

Do your own math the next time you don’t like what you’re eating or drinking and then really look at that number.

When you hear your mind say, “That was expensive, tell yourself:“I am worth more than that.”

When you hear your mind say, “I already bought it, so I might as well finish it,” tell yourself: “I am worthy of food and drink that taste awesome to me.”

When you hear your mind say, “I don’t want to waste my money,”tell yourself: “It is never a waste of money to honor myself.”

Not making yourself consume food or drink you don’t like is honoring yourself.

Not overeating is honoring yourself.

Recognizing that you are worth more than $4.99 (or whatever) is honoring yourself.

And if you can’t give the item away to someone who would enjoy it more than you, remember that wasting it in the trash is always better than wasting in your body.