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  • The Elephant In The Room

    Elephant. There ya go… now there is an elephant in your room. That was silly I know but hopefully I have your attention. Stick around and read about something most everyone has tried, is trying, continues to try and try again...and again ---> diets.

    It seems that there is always some new and crazy "diet" that comes out. Too many people in my opinion are either on a diet, wanting to start a diet and/or are breaking their diet...only to repeat the the vicious cycle over and over again. Seems torturous and frustrating doesn’t it?! Yet people continue to do it.

    I don’t like diets. In fact the goal of this article is to help you never go on a diet again.

    Most diets are not designed in a way that allows someone to eat that way for a lifetime. They have you eating in a way that is polar opposite of what you are used to. They typically leave you deprived of your favorite foods or even worse - deprived of essential nutrients. This is not living ya’ll.

    My philosophy is not about “going” on a diet but adjusting the foods you enjoy and currently eat for the better. Before I get to my tips that will help you realistically change your eating habits it’s important that I share why so many people struggle in the food department of healthy living.

    The thing about food is - we NEED it. We can't just not eat. Food is just as dangerous and addictive as alcohol, drugs, etc. Yet we don't NEED the latter. Not to say stopping drinking/drugs is easy but it's not a necessity to live. Food is. Not only do we need food but we are emotional beings. We eat when we are bored, stressed, happy, mad etc. We eat to reward ourselves, when we get together with friends/family, etc. We will find almost any reason to eat. All of these reasons are based on our emotions. Emotions whether good or bad are stronger than any good intention you may have had in your head. Just like hunger is more powerful than our intentions to eat healthy. Once emotions and/or hunger hit you can kiss your good intentions goodbye. Although challenging it IS possible to make better food decisions and keep your good intentions.

    These tips are just to help get you started as changing your eating habits is hard. I will be writing more on this topic in later blogs...so stay tuned. In the meantime read habits below and get going on your way to feeling better than ever!!!

    3 TIPS TO EATING HEALTHIER - PART 1

    <1> THE REALISTIC MINDSET

    Changing your eating habits is a lifestyle. It will not happen overnight. You have to truly want to make a change. Make sure you continue to ask yourself that very important question I mentioned in last week’s blog - “I want to (insert goal), but am I willing to do what it takes to achieve it?” It’s crucial that you understand that you MUST make a change in order to see/feel a change. Don’t get overwhelmed - you are just adjusting your thinking which will get easier as time goes on. You may want to put a sticky note in places you will see often having that question.

    <2> ADAPT THESE 2 HABITS FIRST

    Before changing any of the foods you eat - I want you to adapt two habits:

    A. Breakfast time: You first have to start eating breakfast every morning. A lot of people think my skipping breakfast that they are saving themselves calories. WRONG. In fact - studies have shown that people that don’t eat breakfast will consume more calories throughout the day. Think about this -- you have been sleeping 7-9 hours. You probably ate an hour or more before going to bed. This means if you don’t eat breakfast you are going without food for 10+ hours. That’s crazy!! Would you ever go that long during the day without food. I hope not. When your mom said “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” she was right. It sets the tone of the day. It kick starts your metabolism because when you were sleeping you were technically fasting. I am not asking you to eat a 5 course meal. If you are not a breakfast eater then eat anything. Literally. A piece of toast. A banana. This will get your body adjusted to eating something. Over time your body will want breakfast.

    B. Eat every 3-4 hours: This is a tough one if you don’t do this already. So many people go long hours without eating simply because we live busy lives. We have been programmed to eat when we get hungry. I want you to get out of that mindset. Once hunger hits all “good intentions” on eating healthy go out the window. We all have been there… we have been so hungry we will eat anything in front of us and more than we should. By eating every few hours you are keeping your blood sugars in check and more importantly by not feeling hungry you stay in control of making better food decisions. This habit is more challenging than most because when you first eat 3 or 4 hours after the previous “meal” you are going to tell yourself “but I’m not hungry” - this is where we adjust the mindset that you are eating because it's time to eat not because you are starving. You will not overeat because of this and your mind will be clear to make great choices. Set an alarm to remind yourself because it's easy to lose track of time in this busy world we live in.

    <3> ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR HABITS

    I saved this one for last because it is the hardest emotionally. It’s time to find out "why" you do "what" you do "when" you do. Say what?!? The "why", "what" and "when" are your food habits. Yes, I am asking you to stop for a minute and think, feel your emotions. URRGHH!! I know, I know - we like to avoid such things but it could be the reason for certain eating habits. You cannot change any of your bad eating habits if you don’t acknowledge them. For example: Why do you snack late at night? Why do you go long periods of time without eating? Why do you go long periods of eating well then stop and go back to old habits?

    Once you acknowledge “why” you do “what” you do “when” you do - it’s now time for you to understand and learn about them. Since emotionally eating is a major obstacle for people's success - stay tuned to future blogs where I will delve further into the subject. In the meantime please know you can always email me with any questions/concerns as you start your journey!!

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