Think about the foods you eat and how they make you feel. Being cognizant that unhealthy food might make you feel lethargic or bloated after eating could steer you in healthier direction. (Matthew Mead — Associated Press)
It’s late evening, dinner has passed, and you are sitting around watching television, on the internet, or using your mobile device. Maybe boredom creeps in, or maybe it’s just a habit, but you find yourself eating and not really paying attention to your food consumption.
You are socializing and your meal is done. You don’t necessarily feel hungry, but you feel that eating something sweet will give you that satiated feeling and complete your meal. Calories aside, it just feels good.
Eventually, you commit to eat healthy and exercise regularly. Although staying on track is important, an “occasional” cheat meal is OK. The problem is, the cheat meal turns into cheat “meals,” and the plan begins to suffer. The diet quickly begins to spiral out of control, and exercise becomes less and less regular. After weeks of consuming no junk food, the cravings become powerful and you give in.
Can you relate to any of these scenarios — eating out of boredom, habit, deprivation or comfort and you feel like you lost all control? I’m sure many people have come to that point in their lives. The initial thoughts involve disappointment, guilt, maybe failure and self-defeat. Some give in further and allow poor choices to lead them down a path of greater destruction, while others decide that enough is enough and decide a change is necessary. Starting Monday, I am going to get back on track. But talk is cheap. Action gets things done!
How does the change happen? It’s not difficult to make a plan to live healthier. It is difficult to strictly adhere to that plan and see results. Taking that initial step toward successful change is tough, but it’s critical. Here are a number of changes you can implement.