Have you ever had a difficult time trying to mold or reshape your diet? well this can be a difficult task for anyone who has been interested in losing weight or living a healthier lifestyle.
Today we are going to discuss how to live longer and be healthier in just a few easy steps from following a healthy diet and eliminating all the unhealthy junk food.
It dosen’t matter if you are seasoned at controlling what you eat or if you are new to dieting, it can be difficult for anyone to control what they eat when the supermarkets and commercial TV are filled with tempting sensations that we crave.
Follow along with me and we will check into some ways that we can monitor what we put into ourselves that can have either an adverse effect on our waistline or have a positive effect on our waistline.
Do you eat just for the sake of eating?
This is one big reason for many people packing the extra pounds on or maybe hitting a point with their weight loss and not losing weight the way they would like is a tendency to eat when there is no real need or simply out of force of habit.
If you find that you are eating frequently, many times it may not simply be from force of habit but because of our daily stress and sometimes we feel like we need some form of an outlet, many people find comfort in satisfying an oral fixation through excessive eating but is this really a good way to handle our stress?
If you feel like you need to give into a temptation such as sweets or something salty, oftentimes you can overcome this by doing something healthy like going for a walk or a bike ride, as long as it’s something that you enjoy doing and of a positive nature that will get your mind off giving into something unhealthy.
Often times if we can get past the first ten or fifteen minutes of a temptation, it should be smooth sailing from there because these temptations will generally last only as long as it takes to go for a brisk walk around the block.
Do you have a cut-off line?
If you are anything like me, it can be difficult to have a cut-off line when it comes to knowing when to stop eating. Sometimes it can be real tempting to heap on the mashed potatoes and maybe a little more beef than what you should have in one setting, but the idea is to leave the dinner table not feeling so full, which eating excessive meals like this can really start to show around the midsection.
A good rule of thumb is to keep smaller food portions like a serving of potatoes should be no larger than the palm of your hand, and a serving of meat such as chicken or beef should be the same. It’s better to portion your food and walk away from the table satisfied than to heap your plate up and walk away from the table feeling full and uncomfortable.
One tip that you can try is to drink a glass of water before or at the beginning of your meal, this will help to make you feel more full and will help to prevent you from eating too much.
It has always been believed that the most important meal of the day is breakfast because it is early in the day that you will need a good boost of energy to power you through the day and this also enables you to have better thinking capacity than if you aren’t giving yourself the proper nourishment.
Are you willing to make the change for your health?
Making any kind of change that means giving up things that you enjoy that are not necessarily good for you will take discipline and patience with yourself. Change like a total overhaul of your diet will never be easy, but if you want to make necessary changes that will do your health and possibly the way you feel about yourself some good, then it is definitely worth the battle.
If you are having a difficult time with making the necessary changes with your diet, don’t ever be ashamed of asking for help from someone you know and trust, it is people that let pride or shame get in the way are the ones that are least likely to see positive lasting results.
If you feel like you might be one of those people that is letting pride or shame get in the way, don’t be too harsh on yourself, some of us just take a little more work but if we feel enough self-worth we will realize that anything worth having is worth the work.
Aside from asking for help, it can also be beneficial to search out Google or YouTube for information regarding self-help or helpful techniques on setting goals, there are many great teachers on the internet that can motivate you and help you to get started on the right path.
It dosen’t need to kill your budget
I have heard many times over that following a healthy diet can break the bank, this is true to a point. If you believe that the only way to follow a healthy diet is to purchase prepackaged meals, this approach will rack up the grocery bill in no time.
Often times the best way to eat healthy for a reasonable price is to shop wisely reading food labels and prepare your own meals. Many people try to avoid cooking their own meals because it requires too much work and they simply don’t have the time, but if you want to make some positive changes for yourself, sometimes you have to make a compromise.
There are also some great meal ideas on the internet that are healthy, affordable and quick to make. We are living in an age where there is so much information at our fingertips that it’s almost impossible to not find anything that will be of some beneficial use in guiding us on a healthier lifestyle.
If you are ready to make some serious changes for you and your health and the surrounding people that care about you, you will no doubt find yourself on your way to a healthier new you, and you will know that you are ready because if you have made that dedication, you won’t fight it every step of the way.
To your future
Brace yourself, you are heading into the future with an all new perspective on where you are heading with your new diet, a diet that is going to help you feel and look better and will help your heart health so that you will not only feel better but have a pretty good chance of living a longer more prosperous life.
Many of the things I have covered may be old hat for you but there is nothing wrong with a little reminder now and then, sometimes all it takes is just a little spur of motivation to get things on a positive note and in this day and age there are so many negative things going on that it can be difficult to stay motivated much less keep our minds on things that can improve our diet.
Don’t forget that along with a healthy diet sometimes it can be a good idea to include supplementation products which can quite often make up for nutrients that our diet may be lacking from regular food.