Changing Your Thinking

As I have said many times before in other articles, dieting isn't everything to make you feel better about yourself. More and more health and nutrition experts are discouraging dieting because diet just don't work. Now people have been on diets, lost enormous amounts of weight but rarely do you hear about what happens to them after they have finished the diet they were on. Almost 60% of people who achieve the results they wanted, stop the diet and gain back most if not all the weight they worked so hard to lose. So what can you do? Change the way you think.

* Be Realistic about your body
A lot of us struggle with our weight because of our genes. Look at your relatives. Are your parents or grandparents over-weight? Chances are these close relations influenced our genes. Also, there may be a medical condition affecting your ability to lose weight. I recently talked to my doctor about this and I am going to get my thyroid tested in the next week or so.

* Be good to yourself
I have learned that with myself the only person that has to be happy about the way I look at and feel is me. You can't care about what other people think about you. If you are happy with yourself, so be it! Don't change yourself because you think someone will like you more. Change things about yourself that will make you feel better about you.

* Challenge what our society puts emphasis on.
Don't be fooled by the media! Skinny people aren't the only people what are happy, successful, and lead fulfilling lives. If you see something in an ad or magazine that really gets under your skin, take a stand! Let them know how you feel thru letters, e-mails and phone calls.

* Change your view point
Instead of focusing your energy on dieting, focus on eating healthy for life. There are also affirmations you can do. I wrote an article about those too.

* Choose your own path
Make choices that are right for you. Do what you need to do for yourself.

* Get in tune with your body
Work with your body not against it. Pay attention to your hunger and tired cues. And don't forget the fullness factor. Don't keep eating just because the food is there in front of you. Take small portions at meals. I have read in many places that eating slowly and chewing your food will help you feel fuller.

* Eat for the right reasons
Are you picking up another piece of cake because you feel depressed? When I was in an abusive relationship, I would eat just to be eating and would nearly have a panic attack if there wasn't anything "good" to eat in the house. Before you go raid the fridge, think about why you are there visiting it. One of my readers told me she fount the words "think about it" in a magazine and taped it to her refrigerator.

* Make good food choices
Choose foods that will nourish you, make you health and strong. I have heard from many people that it is cheaper to buy soda and high sugar drinks than 100% fruit juices and milk. I can understand that but in most places a 2-liter of soda costs $1.19 to $1.39 and a gallon of milk is $2.99. Let's look at this from an economical and measurement point of view. There are almost 4 liters to 1 gallon of milk. Most people buy 2 2-liters at a time so that is $2.38 if they cost $1.19 each. What nutritional value does soda have? Lots of calories, sugar, carbs? One gallon of milk costs roughly $2.99 so that is a difference of a mere $.61. The price of a candy bar to get calcium, Vitamins A & D, good fats (if you don't buy Skim or Fat Free). Again -- Think About It!

* Get active
You don't have to run 2 miles a day to get your heart pumping. Take the steps instead of the elevator. Walk to the store instead of driving. Buy a yoga video. Join the YMCA

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