Your concept of the word “diet” is probably influenced by the media. It’s time to Reframe Your Diet – and its concept – with 5 Eye-Openers That Can Change Your Life!
Let me begin by saying…
You Can Do It! I Know You Can!
You just have to reorient your thinking so it enhances your success. Start here to reframe your concept of “diet”:
A habit is something you do automatically, without thinking, so make your goal to habitually have a healthy diet. I’ve heard tell that it takes 60 days to form a habit.
C’mon now. How can you possibly tell how long it’s going to take to make any lifestyle change? All you need to succeed is to have your eyes opened, because that sets you on your path. Organize yourself, and have at it! But first, let me open your eyes…
Eye-Opener #1: What You Eat Is Your Diet
Change how you perceive the word “Diet.” Everyone has one, even your cat. What You Eat Is Your Diet. You are always on it. You can’t break it because it’s whatever you eat. You can maintain a diet that gives you the energy to run around and get things done, or default to a diet that moves you closer to a wheelchair. What you eat, whether it is planned out or just tossed in your mouth because it’s yummy, is your diet.
Eye-Opener #2: What You CAN Have!
This isn’t about what you can’t have. This Is About What You Can Have! People who don’t successfully change their eating habits are usually denying themselves something. That leads to a sense of deprivation, which instinctively they try to alleviate. Instead of punishing yourself by withholding food, embrace the new-found energy and clarity of thinking that a healthy diet provides. Rejoice in adding healthy years to your life to spend with your loved ones, your kids, your grandkids. Revel in the positive impact of modeling your new habits for your family. Decrease your chances of cancer and diabetes and heart failure and stroke and…
Eye-Opener #3: Add Food To Your Diet!
If you want to change your size by changing what you eat, instead of denying yourself the foods you love, Add Food To Your Diet! That’s right…don’t let yourself get hungry.
Hungry = Stupid Decisions.
That’s why I grabbed a Payday candy bar on the way to an appointment today. I let the stash of almonds and raisins I carry in my purse dwindle to nothingness, and I got hungry. But, no problem. I’ll replenish my stash and resume my good habits tomorrow. I’ll have to if I’m going to eat pretty much all day long, and remain a size 6.
Eye-Opener #4: 4 Cups of Green Veggies a Day
Speaking of adding food to your diet, whatever makes up your current meal plan, Add 4 Cups Of Green Veggies Every Day. You can eat anything else you want, as long as you fit in 4 cups of green veggies every day. It’s easy. One large salad will easily account for 2 cups. Have spinach or collard greens with your lunch, and green beans for supper, and voila! 4 cups of green veggies in one day.
This will add fiber to your diet, which will move waste through you faster. You’ll get a vitamin boost. It will curb your urge to reach for less healthy alternative because you will be full. And, as an added bonus, you’ll feel cocky because you will have taken control of YOU. Plus, by the end of the year, this will be your go-to habit… and you won’t even notice you’re doing it.
Eye-Opener #5: Trim Down by Eating the Foods You Love!
Circle A represents your favorite foods. Circle B is all the foods that are good for you to eat. Where they intersect is Section C.
Now, that’s where the magic happens. These are The Foods You Love That Are Good For You, the foods you are going to eat to trim down your size. Yes, that’s right. Trim Down By Eating The Foods You Love! Eat these favorites, plus 4 cups of green veggies a day, and you will see changes in no time.
AND, you won’t feel deprived once you decide not to feel deprived. Instead, you are going to feel coddled because every meal will be a treat.
If you want to eat something from the A circle that’s not good for you, go ahead… just don’t make a habit of it.
I want to say thank you to the Rock Bottom Wellness Podcast that interviewed me. The episode is called Helping Our Daughters Thrive With Proper Nutrition and you can listen to it here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/helping-our-daughters-thrive-with-proper-nutrition/id1501241051?i=1000487770929
About the Author
Deborah Ann Davis (B.S. in Science Education, M.Ed. in Supervision, and W.I.T.S Personal Trainer Certified) is a parenting coach and strategist.
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