I attended my last therapy meeting Wednesday and the therapist talked about Cognitive-Emotive Dissonance. When she spoke these words, I repeated them out loud, trying to get a feel for these three words because evidently these three words are something that I should be really comforted with. The feeling of discomfort that results from holding two conflicting beliefs is Cognitive Emotive. When there is a difference between beliefs and behaviors, something must change to end or reduce the conflict.
Well this is your girl right here, because I am currently in this situation and I am trying to make eating healthy normal behavior. When you embark on a healthy life change you are changing behaviors that you have viewed as normal for your whole life. Learning to eat the right food that will not cause weight gain and that are good for your body, requires a lot of effort and you will have to be very aware of what you are eating all the time.
According to my therapist she stated that you have to realize that your old way of eating, feeling or acting when it comes to eating healthy is not right. Develop a more healthy way of thinking about food and practice, practice and practice until it becomes your normal way of thinking.
Overall I believe that I am currently converting to this new way of thinking, it is hard changing, but it has awesome rewards that I am eager to see and enjoy.