Our subconscious helps us function on automatic. It helps us to breath and our organs to function without us thinking about it, and it also helps us form habits so we can do everyday tasks easily, like driving a car, speaking, using eating utensils, etc, without going through that awkward learning process every time we do something. Its also responsible for how we respond to stress. That’s why starting a new habit is so hard, the subconscious is trying to protect us from pain and discomfort.
Now think about our ancestors, the hunter-gathers. If you needed to get away from a saber-tooth tiger for instance, you would literally need to run for your life. Let’s be honest here, you most likely couldn’t outrun a saber-tooth tiger, but you might be able to run fast enough to get to a place of safety before being overtaken. Being thin and agile would be an asset to help you hunt for your dinner and hopefully keep you from becoming dinner. On the other hand if you lived in a cold climate, an extra layer of fat may keep you from freezing to death.
The problem is that the subconscious can’t differentiate our modern day stressors from being chased by a saber-tooth tiger or freezing to death. It just screams, “Danger Will Robinson, Danger!” And then it determines if you need to be thin or fat to protect you, based on your feelings.
Feelings are extremely powerful and have enormous influence over us. Say you work or live with someone that scares you or is very difficult to get along with. You would love to put a lot of distance between yourself and that person, but for what ever reason you can’t. Your body might interpret that as needing an extra layer of fat to protect you from your surroundings, literally putting distance between you and the other person. On the other hand, if at a subconscious level, you thought you wanted to be invisible, you might become overly thin or anorexic.
This of course is an over simplification, but you get the idea. The good news is that you can actually change the way you think! Our beliefs can be changed by consciously paying attention to what you think and how you feel, journaling about it, affirmations and visualization.
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