Take Control: Your Outlook on Food

June 22, 2015

 

The reason some people aren't as successful at managing their weight as they would like to be can be traced to how they begin their efforts. You need to set yourself up to succeed.

 

What do I mean by that? In an area that's challenging and has many barriers and bumps in the road, you want to give yourself the best chance possible. This means PREPARING yourself initially as well as you can.

 

ATTITUDE is extremely important, but often not appreciated. The common attitude associated with initiating weight loss is "Oohh, I've got to go on a DIET," often said with a forlorn tone that implies the joy has gone out of life.

 

This negative, restrictive attitude seems to anticipate the drudgery that is sure to follow. Sound familiar? This approach is destined to fail sooner or later because it isn't sustainable. It's like you're constantly trudging uphill toward an elusive goal.

 

A better approach is to focus on the POSITIVE aspects of undertaking LIFESTYLE CHANGES that can lead to better weight management. Yes, positive. For example, many people find that when they were more physically active, they felt better. Listen to this. Use this as motivation to continue to be active.

Does it take some effort to move regularly, especially when just starting? Sure. Will it take more time? Absolutely. But it's well worth it — for your weight, your health, and how you feel. And if you start out with the right attitude, you can succeed.

 

In terms of changing the way you eat (it's much more than a "diet"), focus on the opportunities and what you can eat as opposed to what foods you're trying to cut down on. There are many wonderful foods and recipes to explore, and believe it or not we can learn to like new foods.

 

 

Think of something you didn't like when you were younger and now enjoy (for me it's cantaloupe and tomatoes, especially fresh garden varieties). There are so many traditional, healthy, ethnic foods to explore — Mediterranean (e.g., Greek salad, tabouli, pasta primavera and many others), Asian (stir fried vegetables, sushi — OK, maybe on the sushi), and others. It can be a veritable gastronomic journey around the world instead of a restrictive "diet".

 

“KEEP YOUR THOUGHTS POSITIVE FOR YOUR THOUGHTS BECOME YOUR WORDS.  KEEP YOUR WORDS POSITIVE BECAUSE YOUR WORDS BECOME YOUR BEHAVIOR.  KEEP YOUR BEHAVIOR POSITIVE BECAUSEYOUR BEHAVIOR BECOMES YOUR HABITS.  KEEP YOUR HABITS POSITIVE BECAUSE YOUR HABITS BECOME YOUR VALUES.  KEEP YOUR VALUES POSITIVE BECAUSE YOUR VALUES BECOME YOUR DESTINY.”

- GAHNDI

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