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flip the script to a healthier you

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Food Galore!

Come to think about it…

People declare an open season on food even when they don’t have to!

Can you blame ignorance for your bad eating habits?

There’s a ton of information out there–from the good…the bad…and the ugly about the foods you indulge…

And so we don’t stray away due to lack of knowledge per se!

It has a lot to do with lack of will-power, sheer defiance, and blatant abuse of food!

You may be wondering and asking “how?“…

And your answer is right ahead; keep reading…

Most people know what it means to eat healthy–at least in a general sense…

And even better, most people know that the majority of processed, packaged, fast foods are not as healthy as vegetables and fruits.

Not only that…

Most people that sugar-sweetened beverages i.e. sodas are not as healthy as water…

And they also know that stuffing themselves with typical restaurant-style meals and desserts is not as healthy as eating home-cooked meals made with fresh ingredients until they’re just satisfied.

Simply put, not eating healthy isn’t really about lack of information…most people know…

And they know enough to move the needle in the right direction!

So if knowledge was the only thing that was needed, then you’d be doing your job by saying things like “Eat less and move more” or “Eat real food, not processed garbage“.

The reality is…

We eat even when we do not have to…

And end up storing more than enough energy in the form of fat to fuel our metabolism for extended periods.

Again, we eat for many reasons other than metabolic needs, and one of the major reasons is that we use food as a coping mechanism!

If you want to change your eating habits, you need to find new healthier ways to cope.

The first step in doing that is understanding how and why you use food to cope…

And there are around 8 reasons for that…

  • Stress eating–instead of resorting to the so-called comfort foods when stressed, how can you avoid them and still cope with stress?

You can try meditation, yoga, taking a walk outdoors, and breathing exercises.

  • Emotional eating–when we’re sad or depressed, we often reach for food to give us the necessary lift from the bottom of the valley. What can you do instead? Call a friend for a chit-chat, or you can talk with a therapist.
  • Reward eating— we all attempt to reward ourselves with food, whether consciously or not. How else can we reward ourselves when we’ve done something great?

You put a $1 or $5 in a jar, and then treat yourself with something like coffee on weekend, or keep this going for the month and then go on a shopping excursion.

  • Social reasons— social gatherings invariably center around food…and there’s nothing wrong with that…

Only that you can choose to focus on the people instead. Always drink a full bottle of water before attending a party as it helps you stay full longer.

  • Boredom–how many times have you found yourself dipping your hands into a jar or bag while watching TV? How many times do you go to the fridge or pantry when you’ve got nothing else to do?

The truth is…you can occupy yourself in other countless ways like reading, writing, taking a walk, etc.

  • Anger— we often eat because we are angry! But there are better ways to deal with our frustrations. Remember, the optimist laughs to forget, while the pessimist forgets to laugh!

Explore ways to cool off…and there’re many than there are leaves on trees!

  • Pleasure— there are healthier ways to find pleasure besides food…

And even if you’re a food enthusiast, you can eat more mindfully and still get the pleasure you seek.

Better yet, you take a bath, get a massage, and enjoy the sunset while sipping some wine!

  • Love–we often equate love with food–something we learn early in life. But aren’t there other ways to find love?

Pick up the phone and call someone you love or admire. Tell them how much they mean to you!

From the foregoing, it’s clear that there’re many other ways in which we can fulfill some of the reasons that cause us overindulge food. If you look hard enough around you, you’ll find more than you can stomach!

Just flip the script to see the other side that you’ve not been looking at.

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