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Chapter 8: Your Motivations for Eating Right
You need the right motivation for whatever you do, more so if you are trying to get into a difficult healthy eating program.
Your Motivations for Eating Right
It is difficult for most people to get into a healthy eating program. You have been eating all those fried foods and pumping all those cokes and beers for such a long time now that even thinking about giving them all up can be a nightmare. In fact, most people don't think about eating healthy because of this paranoia associated with dieting. They don't think they will be able to survive it. But, of course, you need not be so excruciating on yourself right from the start. Start slow, drop one type of food at a time. You don't necessarily have to stop everything you eat if you can reduce the quantity and frequency. Alternatively, you could eat healthy through the week and have a small feast for one of your weekend meals. These are some ways to get around the confinement of healthy eating, but even so people need motivation.
Always Keep a Goal in Mind
The stronger your goal is, the more motivated you will be. This goal could be anything - you want to look better before an upcoming social event, you want to feel better, you want to become more active and energetic, you want to do things that you cannot do because of your weight, you want to keep living a healthy life, or simply that you want to show a friend who ridiculed you! The important thing is that you have to keep this goal sternly in mind and then use it as your motivating factor.
Resolve that You Won't Give Up
If you make a resolution that you won't give up, you will find it harder to deviate from your healthy eating regimen. If possible, make this resolution in front of your family or friends or the colleagues at work. This helps because whenever you are tempted to eat something unhealthy, you will remember your resolution and will stop.
Pick Up a Difficult Hobby
You could try getting yourself interested in something that is difficult for you to do at the moment, but will become easier once your body is in better shape. Swimming and dancing are good choices. These activities can keep you much interested if you try them out once, but you will need to get in better shape to do them well. The fun part is that when you swim or dance, you are automatically losing weight!
Get a Partner
This is the best motivation you could get. Get someone else with a similar problem to start the program of healthy eating with you. The two of you will be great encouragers for each other. You could even compete against each other and check out who is doing better. This helps because you are not alone in this mission; you have company.
Chapter 9: How Not to Become Obsessive about Eating Right
We must eat right, but to what extent? How far can we take this?
How Not to Become Obsessive about Eating Right
It is important to eat right, but it is also important not to become obsessive about it. That is when the problems begin.
Obsession about eating right could lead to several complications. You might get unduly stressed out several times. When you are stressed out, you release a hormone known as cortisol. This has an adverse effect on the body. Cortisol slows down the metabolic processes of the body and hence the weight problem gets much aggravated.
This is just one reason why you should not get obsessive about eating right. There is also the problem that you might be depriving your body of the required amount of nutrition by drastically reducing your food intake. You might not be getting the vitamins that your body needs to develop properly and that could lead you to problems with dietary deficiency diseases. Also, impaired nourishment may cause anorexia, a condition that can open up a whole Pandora's Box of health ailments.
Then there is the social aspect to consider. Wittingly or unwittingly, you might be tormenting other people with your food obsessions as we have seen earlier.
Hence, it is important that you don't carry your eating right habit so far that it becomes an obsession. You are doing this to manage your life, but don't let it control your life.
The best way is to treat yourself once in a while. Let yourself go on that one day of the week. Take your family along. This could be a Sunday dinner. This is the day your family knows you permit yourself to eat anything. Have a glorious meal that day, mostly as a reward for keeping up through the week. In fact, if you take this in the right spirit, every Sunday could be a sort of festival for you.
Don't stress yourself too much, and it won't become an obsession. There are several breathing and mind control exercises that you can use. Make your mind healthier along with your body. This is the best way to prohibit the stresses from ravaging your mental space. You can learn these exercises from the various fitness programs they show on television and also from several videos on places such as YouTube.
Chapter 10: Eating Right and Managing Your Life
Eat right, live well.
Eating Right and Managing Your Life
When you eat right for a while, you will find that automatically things begin falling into place. Your life suddenly becomes much better and you see that you start gaining control of it. And all this happens because you have now taken control of your eating habits.
The most important thing is that you have to stay driven. Probably you started with an 'eat right' program because you had some extra pounds in your body. Through your constant efforts, you have now managed to overcome that situation. Your body is in much better shape now. But that doesn't mean you can start going on food binges now. You have to continue with your healthy eating regimen. Only then will you experience its true effects in managing your life.