We’re well into 2017.  Most of the resolutions we’ve made, which probably fall into the categories of diet and exercise, have probable gone by the wayside.  But not to worry, you don’t have to wait for New Year’s 2018 before tackling some of these things again.  It’s more a matter of why did you want to do it in the first place.  Let’s start with diet.  Chances are you decided to watch what you eat because you wanted to lose weight and possibly a few inches here and there.  That meant watching your calories.  Some of you may have even gone on one of the popular diets.

Unfortunately, history tell us that most people that go on a diet might lose weight at the beginning, but it doesn’t take long before their cheating.  Once that happens it’s a short hop to eating the way you did before.  To make matters worse research tells us that in time a large percentage of the people that go on diets will actually gain more weight than they originally lost.  That makes them heavier, and probably thicker, than when they started their diet.  You can ask yourself “Why?”.  You had good intentions.

When  you diet you change you’re eating habits, and it’s emotions that drive our “eating habits”.   Emotions are much stronger than well-meaning effort.  So what is one to do?

Well, first recognize that what you eat and the way you eat is a habit that you’ve developed over a long period of time.  Your brain, which is the seat of your emotions, is not going to let you get away with making changes to your eating habits just because you want to lose weight or get a little thinner.   The first thing you need to do is recognize that dieting is not about losing weight or a few inches.   It’s not even about wanting to be healthier.  It’s about changing a habit that’s deeply engrained in who you are.

Think about it.  You’re not going to just change things up at home.  When you go out with friends who are eating nachos, buffalo wings, or pizza, are you going to order a salad?  What about all that beer?  Beer is a simple sugar, burns quickly, attacks the brain and produces toxic waste.  It can also add weight and inches.  You need a plan.

First, don’t tell yourself that you’re going on a diet.  Diets are short-term events.  You want to break a habit.  That means a change in behavior.  In this case it’s eating behavior.  Changing the way you eat doesn’t mean abstinence.  Ease into it.

Stop drinking the sugary sodas and fruit juice.  Make water your drink of choice.  Then, when you go out with friends there’s nothing wrong with a couple of beers.

Consider the wheat products you consume.  They’re most likely refined wheats and white rice.  They’re simple sugars, burn quickly, have little or no nutrient value, and they stick with you adding pounds and inches.

Eat whole grains.  They burn slowly, have good nutrient value, the waste is easily eliminated and you won’t have to worry about calories and inches unless you eat a lot.   When you go out with friends eat whole grains and brown rice when you can get them.  This is the first stem in  eating for good health, and you won’t spook your brain.

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