Semantics

I recently read an article regarding dieting that said that, instead of saying that I CAN’T eat a particular food, I should instead say that I DON’T eat that food. Saying “I can’t” implies a sense of helplessness, while saying “I don’t” implies that I am choosing to refrain from eating something that is unhealthy for me.

Since I’m trying to reign in my sweet tooth and limit processed sugars to weekends instead of what has become a nightly dessert, perhaps I should try this approach. Maybe if I tell myself that I DON’T eat sweets after dinner during the week rather than I CAN’T eat them then I’ll feel more in control and less tempted to give in when the chocolate’s calling my name. Worth a shot, anyway!

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3 thoughts on “Semantics

  1. Okay… you didn't share with me that you, too, have a blog! And this is what I am doing with white flour. I am saying that I choose not to eat it because I feel better without it instead of I can't. Makes sense. Putting the power in my hands to make the choice feels better than denying myself of it.

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  2. Sorry, Tamara! I didn't want to be all “Hey, look at me, I have a blog, too!” when I was commenting on your blog. 🙂 But now that you know feel free to stop by here anytime!

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