There is no escaping the fact that food is essential to daily life. You need it to supply the required nutrients your body requires. You also need it to provide energy to sustain your body from one day to another. However, food can be one of your worst enemies, especially if you love to eat on a constant basis.
This article is dedicated to helping you fight your obsession with food or, at the very least, to educate you in areas that may grant you the freedom to select healthier food choices in the quantities you prefer.
Set immediate and long-term goals for yourself
If you’re overweight, you may plan to lose two pounds in the first month but may aim to lose ten pounds over three months. You would have an immediate goal to work towards – losing two pounds – while setting your long-term goal higher. This would accomplish a couple of things. It would grant you time and opportunity to develop a plan to lose your first two pounds – perhaps cutting out one unhealthy snack each day. Furthermore, after achieving your initial goal, it would increase your determination to stick with your plan to lose ten pounds.
You want to eat and can’t seem to resist the urge. You’ve done everything in your power and continue to lose. Don’t give up! Let’s try another tactic!
Learn about food. Learn what’s in food – what’s right for you and what isn’t. Sometimes the foods you think are no good for you are more beneficial than you realize; conversely, some foods you think are healthy don’t live up to their reputation.
Read ingredients listed on food packaging, as well as the nutrition labels. The ingredients in the greatest quantity are listed at the beginning and follow in descending order. When you see sugar, sugar, and more sugar or a high content of sodium or trans and saturated fats, attempt to limit your consumption of these products. Notice I did not say to ban them completely – unless, for health reasons, you must.
Furthermore, give yourself some credit! Have faith in yourself! Don’t deprive yourself of something you enjoy – to the point you feel miserable. Treat yourself to a scoop of ice cream with lots of strawberries on top of it or inside half a cantaloupe. Sit down and eat a package of grapes, three kiwis, three apples, or two bananas. Go for it!
Life is too short to spend most of your time worrying about the food you are ingesting. This doesn’t mean to fill yourself only with fast foods and junk; it means to give yourself a break when you need it, to enjoy moments with family members and friends without them taking pity on you or feeling guilty for enjoying the foods you think you shouldn’t enjoy.
Develop short-term and long-term plans!
If you take the time to develop a six month, twelve months, five years, and ten-year plan, you may discover that you benefit greatly from looking at the bigger picture. In addition, while making your plans which will help you succeed in life, you may realize that your focus has shifted away from food in comparison to how it used to be.
Eat only when you’re hungry and only until you feel full
For you, it may be preferable to eat smaller meals throughout the day. It increases your metabolism and fulfills your need to eat more regularly without over-indulging in food.
Munching on many healthy foods will satisfy hunger cravings and satisfy your urge to munch. However, keeping in mind that you are trying to make healthier food choices.
Distraction is key
When cravings for unhealthy foods continually strike, call upon a friend to talk to you to distract you from your cravings.
Try visiting a web site discussing poorer nations, and you may notice your desire to eat so much food may fade away.
You may also take the opportunity those cravings afford to take up a new habit such as drinking a glass of water, sucking on an ice cube, or taking a bite of food you hate. It won’t be something you look forward to, which may further eliminate your cravings knowing you will be doing something in its place that you don’t want to do.