Are You Thinking About Food Most Of The Time

  • June 15, 2019

Is food on your mind all the time? If you want to lose weight I will bet that it is on yours as well. As a matter of fact, I will venture to go out on the limb and claim that most overweight people think about food much of, if not all, the time. Many young people think of food as evil that may destroy a perfect size 3 figure or a well-formed physique and incessantly think of ways to avoid it while others think of ways to live by the words of the Biblical statement in Ecclesiastes 8:15, “A man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry.” Elderly people think about foods that will upset their aging stomachs and weakened digestive systems, women think of foods that will settle on their hips and man think of foods that will add bulk to their overly inflated beer bellies.

Many people when they’re trying to lose weight find themselves thinking of lunch while in the midst of munching on their breakfast and about dinner while preparing lunch. Food is on their minds upon waking in the morning and it is often part of the last thought process when falling asleep at night. There is a constant debate in their head and the topic is food: what can I eat and what should I not, what is good for me and what is bad, how many calories does this contain and how many does that. They think an awful lot about dieting and weight loss which leads to thinking about food.

Someone very wise once, long ago, said that “every action begins with a thought.” I maintain that every action then leads to a result. Therefore, positive thoughts lead to positive actions which in turn lead to positive results and, of course, negative or disparaging thoughts lead to destructive actions which lead to harmful results.

All that ties in to the topic at hand as follows: constant thinking about food leads to constantly eating food. Frequently thinking about unhealthy food leads to eating unhealthy food and too much of it which then leads to gaining weight and all the health problems that are directly or indirectly related to overweight.

So, I propose here and now that you take a pause, realize and appreciate our endless thoughts about food, understand that they are saboteurs of our mission to lose weight and improve our looks and health by redirecting them. We can and should still think about food because food is, after all, the fuel that sustains life. Let us, however, think about food only long enough to make healthy choices but then let’s move on to thinking about other things.

Let’s think about ways to get our bodies to move by getting off the couch to take a walk around the block, by pushing away from the dining room table and taking a cycling trip in a nearly park, by joining a health club or a yoga class. If you cannot spare an hour, thirty minute will do. If thirty extra minutes are not to be found on your busy schedule then fifteen will be good. Even five minutes are better than nothing. So let us do it. Let’s do it regularly and let’s do it as often as we can.

How about starting now to redirect your thoughts. Think about propelling your body into motion so you have the success in your quest for the healthy lifestyle that you deserve. Perhaps think about walking into your backyard and doing some gardening. I encourage you to be willing to convert your thoughts into positive action.

How Your Romantic Thoughts About Food Keep You Fat

  • June 15, 2019

If you are one of the 200 million overweight people in the United States, you are probably in hoping for an easy answer to the question, “How can I stop eating?” Well, you have come to the right place. The quick and dirty answer is you need to stop thinking about food in a problematic way. There is a way of thinking about food that’s a problem and a way of thinking about it that’s not a problem. If you continue to think about it in the problematic way, you will always struggle with your weight. It’s that simple.

Your thoughts are the building blocks of all of the relationships in your life. Just like you have different relationships with your mother, your brother, your lover, your friend, or your boss and you think about each of those people differently, the way you habitually think about food creates your relationship with it. You thinking habit about food, directly correlates with your weight. In other words, this thinking habit is either fattening or slimming.

The way of thinking about food that will keep you over eating, keep your weight on, and make it hard for you to take it off, is thinking about it romantically, imagining what food will taste like in your mouth and imagining that food can give you things that it was never designed to provide. If you think about food as a comfort, friend or greatest source of pleasure, you are barking up the wrong tree. One of the keys to solving your over eating for good, is asking yourself, what am I missing in my life. Are there other sources of pleasure in my life other than food? What do I love to do and what am I good at? Find other ways of creating joy and fun in your life your life. Find other sources of pleasure that are truly satisfying and don’t fill you with shame and regret.

Thinking creates feelings and desires, which lead to action (or eating). The more you think about food, the more you will eat. Ultimately, you want to forge a mature, pragmatic relationship with food. This means thinking about food only when you are hungry and its time to eat. Other than that, if food thoughts arise, you form the new healthy thinking habit of noticing them and turning away. Diets and exercise are important in the battle of the bulge but to heal over eating at its core and finally answer the question, “How can I stop eating?” you have to fundamentally change the way you think about it.

Things Your Parents Got Wrong About Food

  • June 14, 2019

Were you a member of the clean plate club when you were a kid? It’s time to review some of the eating habits that you grew up with.

Diet myths are “passed on for generations,” says Kathleen Fuller, PhD, author of Not Your Mother’s Diet.

Below are five outdated ideas about food that you may have learned from your parents– and the grown-up realities.

1. No snacking! You’ll ruin your appetite!

In fact, snacking are healthy, so long as you choose wisely. It keeps blood sugar steady and keeps you from getting too hungry between meals.

The general rule is going no more than four hours without eating something, either a meal or a snack.

Tip: Try cutting back moderately on meals so you can have one or two daily snacks between 100 and 200 calories. Good choices contain nuts, fruit, yogurt, and vegetables with dip.

2. Eat everything on your plate.

You will need to get in tune with your body to know when you’ve had enough, hence its fine to leave a little food in your plate.

Tip: As you’re eating, notice how you’re feeling. Are you full? Are you eating just because there is still food on your plate? Be specifically careful when you’re dining in a restaurant– the food is appealing, the plates are huge, and you may want to eat it all because you paid for it. If there are large portions, demand half now and have them box the other half.

3. Don’t eat before working out– you’ll get a cramp.

You won’t like to go running immediately after dinner, but eating a little bit 30 to 60 minutes before working out can help you maximize your training. This will help you get a boost of energy that helps you maximize your exercise session.
Tip: Choose high-carbohydrate, low-fat, low-fiber snacks with moderate amounts of protein in the 100- to 300-calorie variety, such as a glass of chocolate milk, a slice of toast with peanut butter, or a granola bar. Fruit is also fine, although it won’t have much protein (add a few nuts for that).

4. Hurry up!

Did your parents rush your breakfast so you were on time for school? If you still eat in a hurry, you might miss your body’s cues that you’re full.

It takes 20 minutes for the brain to register that you feel full, if you eat too quickly, you can scarf down a lot of food in a 20-minute period, and then you feel stuffed.

Tip: Slow down. Take mini-breaks by putting your food and utensils down between bites.

5. Rewards

It’s not good to use food as a reward because it can send the wrong message. Because of this the wires get crossed, and we no longer eat because we’re hungry; we eat because we were good and we deserve something.

Five Words You Should Stop Using When You Talk About Food

  • June 13, 2019

You are what you eat, yes, but you are also what you speak. The power of words extends beyond being able to influence or win another person over; we must not forget, our own body is always listening too. How you speak about matters can therefore go a long way to determining your body’s relationship with it- especially when it comes to food.

Don’t underestimate the power of words, and your beliefs and thoughts as expressed through them. Even those mutterings under your breath are just as potent as the ideas you openly proclaim and endorse. So choose your words wisely – not because you are a word Nazi but because your choice of words- however simple- can go a long way to influencing how you feel, relate and respond to the food you eat.

It can play a role in how well you embrace the food you eat as well as in just how easily you shed those extra pounds; it can influence how satisfied you are after eating a meal or how great you feel on cooking it. Remember, it isn’t just about what you eat, but how you eat it too and therein lays the role words play. To give you a heads-up, we have listed five common yet highly avoidable words when it comes to culinary conversations; you might want to start by omitting these the next time you speak about food.

1. Never: Never say never especially when you talk about food. Not only does using the word ‘never’ create forbidden fruits out of pretty much anything, but it shifts our system into a denial mode. Whether looking to cut out the chocolate or just tweaking your food habits, like with everything else practice moderation in your choice of words. You may actually never eat another piece of chocolate, but if you use the word ‘never’ to set down the ground rules it is probably going to be a bumpier ride.

2. Loss: I hear it all the time – eat this to lose weight, don’t eat that to lose weight. Now if anything shedding a few pounds is not a loss in any of my books, yet we continue to refer to it as that. The idea of loss, even when I am celebrating it, is sooner or later registered as anything but that by my body. When talking about food, diets and your weight, try using ‘shed’ or ‘release’ instead of loss to keep your system in a positive frame of mind, and keep the pounds rolling off.

3. Bad: As I have explored and experimented with my diet to find one optimized to my body, I have come to realize that a lot of foods I was warned against are actually the ones that suit me best, while healthy raw salads just don’t seem to cut it with my slow metabolism. Yet for years I couldn’t get myself to eat what I calmly do now for they were deemed ‘bad’ for you, sugar being a simple example. I am not saying I now gorge on sugar or that it is all great, but what may be right in a certain quantity for one person may not be so for another, and vice versa. Instead of labelling food as good or bad, take a more individual stance with ‘appropriate’ and ‘not appropriate’.

4. Perfect: Have you cooked yourself the perfect meal, or are you following the perfect diet? Whether you realize it or not, perfection brings a lot more stress and demand than you may have initially bargained for. It induces stress, anxieties and discontent that not only take away from the joy of food, but also just how well your body digests and responds to it. Instead of ‘perfect’ try equally positive words such as ‘amazing’, ‘spectacular’ or ‘grand’- all of which imply just as fabulous an experience without setting up rigid benchmarks.

5. Ugly: It’s simple – if your food is ugly you shouldn’t be consuming it, or better you shouldn’t be calling your food names such as ‘ugly’. Whether scouring through fresh vegetables at the supermart or when preparing and presenting your meals, try and lay off the judgments when it comes to how good your food looks. Your meals priority is to nurture you and nourish you tantalizing a few senses along the way, but your eyes are low on the list. Therefore, when discussing your own cooking or another’s, lay off the harshness to keep the negativity out of your meal time.