Everyone should know that the key to a healthy diet is to eat the right amount of calories to how active you are, so to balance energy consumption with energy we use. When we eat and drink more calories than we consume, our body stores excess body fat. If this continues, we will gain weight over time
It’s the time of the year when we all eat more and more satisfied, but the diet must involve more than it weighs or shows of our body. The way we eat has both long-term and short-term effects on our food psychology. Here’s how to work with your psychology to not practice the yo-yo-ing and get healthy this year for the rest of your life.
Understand the basic do’s and don’ts of what to eat and not eat
- Do Eat: Nuts, vegetables, fruit, eggs, organic & grass fed meats, healthy oils (coconut, avocado, olive, etc.), fish/seafood
- Definitely don’t eat / drink: Sugary drinks, white bread, sweetened breakfast cereals, fried, grilled, or broiled food, pastries, cookies, and cakes, processed foods, dairy (do but with caution): butter, yogurt, cheese, milk), cereal grains, legumes (beans, peas), peanuts & peanut butter, refined sugar, potatoes, refined vegetable oils, candy, artificial sweeteners, starchy vegetables (potatoes, yam, etc.)
Plan on a lifestyle change, not a temporary Losing Weight “thing”
Lasting results happen when you stick to something permanently. That doesn’t mean that every now and then you won’t find yourself having a cup of milk with an Oreo. But going into a diet change with the mindset that changes are permanent and long- lasting is a key to success. Remember that this is not a race. It may take a while to remember what foods to incorporate and what foods to give up.
Do a sweep of your kitchen
Let’s face it. The box of cookies in your cupboard clearly won’t fly within the world of healthy foods. But if they’re there, you’ll likely eat them. Same goes for the butter, the peanuts, the potatoes. In order to avoid temptations every time you open the cabinet door, you’re going to have to toss some of that stuff. Give it to a neighbor, a friend, or the local food bank.
Make sure you understand your reasoning: Oftentimes we read about a new diet or exercise and we get so stoked, we just want to dive right in because man that sounds awesome! But in order to keep our motivation up for the long haul, it’s important to understand why you’re choosing to start something.
Are you diving into a new diet because your friend did it, because you want to feel better, or because you want to lose weight? Whatever your reasoning may be, make sure it’s one you truly believe in.
Aside from the fact that this is just an awesome overall rule for life, it reminds us that we aren’t perfect. Every now and then we may want a treat. Some people allow themselves treats every now and then- some do so on a scheduled basis, others as life tosses things their way. Regardless, don’t beat yourself up for “slipping up.” We’re human after all!
Do your homework
If you’re a restaurant junkie and are weeping at merely the thought of giving up your Friday-night-fun, hang on a minute. Revisit the menus of places you frequent and see how you can make the food selections fit your “requirements.” Or, if there’s a dish you just can’t live without, plan to have your cheat at the restaurant that serves it.
Making the choice to live a healthier life is awesome and admirable, route for you . By eating the foods that our ancestors ate, instead of filling our bellies with packaged everything, we can be sure we’re heading down a path of healthier, happier lives!
“Let Food Be Thy Medicine, And Medicine Be Thy Food”
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