One Good Way To Maintain Your Diet
Who is in control of your eating habits? Are you controlling them or are they controlling you? How do you maintain your diet? This can become a big deal if you are trying to lose weight. “But it’s not my fault” is what you might be saying. “I get upset and then come the carbs” I get it. I, too, struggle with healthy eating.
For me, it started when I was a kid. I didn’t realize it at the time. My parents kept the house stocked with canned goods. Other kids teased me due to my everything. I think I was a bully magnet. Cause everywhere I went that was all I got. I retaliated like most kiddos do.
How do kids retaliate and what does this have to do with maintaining my diet?
How do kids retaliate? Some become angry, violent people and take it out on everyone in many different ways. However, for many kids, it becomes an inner struggle. We starve ourselves or we overeat. We may poke, cut or hurt ourselves in some way. Depression becomes a way of life. I was in that latter category.
How about you? Were you one of the popular ones or did you struggle with the teasing? For many people, those habits as kids took over our eating habits and grew with us into adulthood. Food is a huge struggle for many of us.
So, how do we take the power back?
There are many ways. Today we are only going to look at one. Have you ever kept a food journal or had an accountability partner. A food journal is an accountability partner and if you have a person to share it with, is even more accountability.
What you do is write down everything you eat. Everyday. That means, Morning, noon and night. It includes snacks, desserts, meals and every little thing you put in your mouth. If you know the calorie intake you can write that down as well. I personally like to focus on a number of carbs as I am prediabetic.
Also when you eat for a purpose other than hunger be aware of it.
You might be asking how to do that. The way to do that is to have scheduled times of the day that you eat your meals and snacks. Unless it is absolutely necessary, do not deviate from the schedule.
If you have to leave the house then maybe you need to consider packing the meals you will be absent for. There are huge amounts of calories and carbs in fast food and restaurant meals. Meals cooked at home have a huge advantage. You know exactly what has been put in your food.
You know whether or not there is sugar or extra sugar in your sauce. If you cooked with chicken, the spices you used are what you put on it and nothing more. Even at home, it can be a struggle. I know because making meals is costly especially if your the only one in the house trying to eat healthily.
So it’s up to you. If you eat outside of your time range, then ask yourself why. Were you eating at a different time because you forgot or got distracted? Maybe you chose not to pack a meal and was forced to eat fast food.
Write it down.
Or did you get upset about something and start craving some special food like chocolate, chips or pizza. We all have our favorite comfort foods. Chocolate is my favorite fruit! Another reason is boredom. Were you sitting watching the tv and felt the urge to eat something. It’s boredom.
If you are more aware of what your putting in your body and have some clear goals in mind then maybe you can take back the control. Having an idea of what is going into your body will help you maintain your diet. Check out my most recent weekly chart and see if it can help you take back the control over your food and your life. Food Journal and Emotional Eating Control Chart.
Another thing if you’re struggling with your weight due to your eating habits. Remember it didn’t get there overnight. And it’s not gonna come off overnight either. Slow and steady is the way to lose healthy weight without hurting yourself. This is one way to maintain your diet and control your food.
Many of us have spent years in the yo-yo cycle trying to lose weight. There always seems to be some new drug, miracle pill or diet out there to confuse us. I have spent many years trying to lose. I am not at my heaviest right now because I am working hard. But I am at my healthiest now because I have been making gradual changes to my habits. Another great place for information is sparkpeople.com. Check it out.
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