Losing weight or choosing a healthier lifestyle does not only start with yourself but with the support of your family and friends. You know the saying “it takes a village to raise a child”, well the same goes for your decision to eat better.
The people in your every day life and environment must encourage and be supportive of your goals. Time and again, most people find it difficult to maintain a diet goal because they are tempted by what their family is eating at home and what their friends choose off the menu when out to lunch or dinner.
Media can also have a strong impact on us with food ads that may look tasty but not healthy. Supermarkets are no angels either….most chains stock pile junk food displays that attract and temp our taste buds. So many external distractions can interfere with our internal goals of wanting to live healthier and attain a normal weight.
How do we deal with these temptations every day? The best solution begins with talking with our family and friends about what we need from them to help us accomplish and keep the lifestyle we wish to obtain. Ironically, your discussion just might inspire them to follow suit. Talk about a win win situation! As for media swaying your attention, change the TV or radio channel as soon as you see or hear an Ad for food that is unhealthy…..by tuning to a different channel you will give one less consumer rating for food that is really not good for anyone to be eating.
When shopping in the supermarket, remember to shop the perimeter of the store and avoid the bake shop. Most junk and processed foods are in the middle isles along with the displays. Make a list of healthy groceries and stick to what is just on the list. When tempted by a food you know is not acceptable, ask yourself how you will feel AFTER you eat it. Of course you want it because of how good it tastes but then afterwards you may regret it or feel sluggish if the ingredients are full of empty calories. My rule of thumb is, if there is no benefit to your body’s well being, then it is not worth eating. Foods that are rich in natural vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, proteins, etc…are worth consuming because they ADD to your body’s overall good health. Foods that are processed and contain nothing that your body requires will just TAKE from it instead of nourish it.
Just as we feed our minds with knowledge, we must feed our bodies so that they benefit in the most positive ways. This is why fad diets do not work. Becoming dependent on a diet is a temporary fix and not one that is supportive for the rest of your life. Learning to eat healthy while avoiding foods that contribute to unhealthy weight gain along with the support of family and friends will be a REAL diet that lasts a lifetime…..until eventually it does not feel like a diet at all but just how you live your life…..eating better, maintaining a normal weight, being active, promoting enough sleep, and reducing stress as much as possible. Isn’t that the way we all should try to be throughout our lifetime? It’s the real deal….pure and simple.
Lisa Golebieski, MS, Holistic Nutrition Consultant
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