A new year, a new angle
Here we are! It’s a new year and perhaps you have a list of New Year’s resolutions you plan on incorporating in your lifestyle. Many comes to mind… eat less sugar, less salt, less carbs, less alcohol, vow to never eat a single chip... I’m not saying there is anything wrong with any of those resolutions, but often we fail at those resolutions only because they can be very intense and drastic.
Here we are! It’s a new year and perhaps you have a list of New Year’s resolutions you plan on incorporating in your lifestyle. Many comes to mind… eat less sugar, less salt, less carbs, less alcohol, vow to never eat a single chip… I’m not saying there is anything wrong with any of those resolutions, but often we fail at those resolutions only because they can be very intense and drastic.
Let me draw your attention to a very important factor for successful healthy weight management, long term. It starts with the relationship you have with food. Most of us remember as kids that food was often used as a reward. Think for a moment about all the foods you ate when you were young. Sugary cereals, ice cream, chocolate, cookies, chips, fast food, etc. Back then, very little information was available on food choices in relation to health. Now we know that eating poor quality food on a regular basis stresses the body and the mind, and disease is not too far behind. Unfortunately, those poor habits have remained part of our daily lifestyle knowing full well the damage that these foods leave behind.
The big question we have to ask is why do we still feed ourselves and our kids poor quality food? Some will say, lack of time, lack of energy, or unable to buy the “healthier option” on a day-to-day basis. I have heard all the excuses in the book, trust me. But habit is one of the biggest culprit, and most don’t even know it! Reconnecting with your health is necessary to make changes. Eating unhealthy food contribute to negative thoughts, lack of concentration and lack of motivation.
Changing our thoughts begin with what we put in our body on a daily basis. Energetic, passionate, positive, eager, limitless to be the best that you can be every day – not zombies!
So go ahead, pick a habit or a food you want to get rid of, but remember why you go to that food, and try to change that behavior as well. Then you will start to notice a healthier relationship with food. Remember – be patient! Changes takes time to become lifelong habits and setbacks are part of a successful healthy life. It just might test your character along the way, just don’t give up – you are just one bite closer to happiness!
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