From: AROUND THE YEAR WITH EMMET FOX
When you fight a thing you antagonize it and it hits back. The harder you fight it the harder it hits. When you give your attention to anything, you are building that thing into your consciousness, for good or evil. When you are faced with some negative condition, withdraw your attention from it by building the opposite into your subconscious. Then the undesirable thing falls away like an overripe fruit.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8)
Here is a test: For the next minute, DO NOT think about food. Ready, go.
OK - how did you do? Did you fight not to think about food? How many of us try not to think about eating, food, calories, how many glasses of water, if we will exercise, etc.? It just makes it worse.
Do any of us spend our day thinking about health? Do we act as though we already are at our goal weight? Do we talk about how wonderful those fruits and vegetables were we had at lunch like we would rave over that meal we had at Thanksgiving or Christmas? That meal was to die for. We roll our eyes and swoon as we describe the experience.
Do we ever listen to people when they talk about how hungry they are? They are starving to death. They are dying. They could eat a horse. A naturally slim person has to think a bit and then they say, "I could probably eat something." They are thinking about other things. Their attention is on other things; our world revolves around the next time we get to eat; if we can wait; what we are having. As soon as we are done with this meal, we begin thinking about the next one.
Let's pay attention to what we are paying attention to and see if we can pay attention to what is positive and healthy. Thoughts are things and they draw to themselves positive or negative, whatever is like them. It all depends on what we choose to think about and pay attention to. Are we looking forward to waking up tomorrow with the pleasant memory of today's success because we are filling our heads with the good things that will fill this evening? Are we looking forward to weighing because we know we have been doing what it takes? This is different from just doing something remember. Isn't that better than dreading tonight because a binge is imminent? Pay it no mind and it won't happen.