The journey of eating for health takes time.
It can take a lifetime to change habits. The mind habits are far more difficult to break than the body’s adaptation to a healthier diet. Even if you feel so much better with the healthier eating program, you have to stay on top of it or the old habits will come back. How many people do you know who have tried, done the whole change, enjoyed the benefits and still went back to the old habits? Are you one of those people? I know that I still am challenged by the eating thing. I know how good I feel when I eat well, but then when I eat poorly, it doesn’t seem to catch up to me for a couple of days and then when I am so tired from the unhealthy food choices I forget why and use all kinds of reasons why I might be tired.
Eating for health is a big one
At one time the main reason that I exercised was because I loved to eat and if I was to keep the weight off, I needed to burn off calories. Calories in calories out. Then it started to catch up with me. I was no longer able to eat the unhealthy stuff and keep the fit leanness that I wanted. So I had to change what I was doing! I am still working on it. Beth Allen talks about not being able to out exercise your nutrition… I thought I had it in the bag… Not! Your workouts are 20-30% of the fat loss equation and nutrition is 70-80%! ( although there are many people out there who would argue this fact!)
Try eliminating sugars from your diet and then see what happens when you start reintroducing them!! Try decreasing your intake for a couple of days and see what your mind does
Not so healthy choices
Through the learning I have done on my journey; I’ve come a long way from eating a bag of Cheezies (I would quit eating the Cheezies cause my mouth was so sore from all the salt) or eating 2 whoppers with cheese, in one evening! I used to be able to consume a whole 12 inch sub and want more food. What about a meal of noodles and meat sauce with no veggies but with bread and dessert? And not think twice about it?
Now I can eat a meal with steamed veggies, a salad and a chicken breast and appreciate the food and how great I feel afterwards!! I am consciously aware of preparing the food and enjoying the new choices. You might call it mindful eating. Am I perfect? Not by a long shot. If Costco still made their audacious chocolate cake they used to have, you can bet I would be buying one. Would I eat lots, nope but I can consume a little, appreciate the Sniggle as my diabetic friend says and then eat all the other healthy food choices I know make me feel so much better.
Can you feel the yuck?
The transformation has been a journey of failures and successes, but certainly worth the value that I have gotten out of it. Are you able to feel how yuck your body feels after you eat those heavy foods, the sugar laden foods, the heavy cream foods? Have you ever experienced that?
We so often just eat on the run and don’t take anytime to think about it we just shovel it in…. Then go “Oh my goodness I shouldn’t have eaten all that!!” Well here you will find some excellent tips that with a bit of practice will certainly bring about big rewards.
B e very aware
The journey of eating for health takes time, it takes effort and a whole lot of being aware of what is going on. So if you really want to make some healthier changes to your eating. Start being very aware of what you put in your mouth. Expect setbacks, but don’t dwell on them. Give yourself rewards ( and not unhealthy foods either!! ) 1% a day change is great! All too often if we make an about face change it doesn’t last. We have caused such a disruption in our whole chemistry that it revolts you might say… So take your time. Progress is essential and little by little you will begin to see the necessary changes that you want to see just happening..
What’s your relationship with food? Are you learning how to make healthier choices? I don’t know about you, but I sure find it takes a lot of conscious awareness to do what is healthiest for me. What about you? How do you do it?