Another night at dinner, indulging in emotions. The bread was divine, one after another of its soft fluffiness crossing our lips. A dessert table that ran on and on, with endless sweets and goodies that made even the healthiest of us drool. The thought of it dangling in front of you, maybe just one piece of cake and a brownie, oh and maybe this cookie too… We’ve all done it. Indulged in that endless buffet of carbs and sweets. I mean who could resist? The mouthwatering satisfaction of this delicious food. Where does it stop though? Where do we draw the line that we’ve had enough? When does it stop being sociably acceptable to have a whole plate full of food, or even two or three plates full? I don’t know.
When it really hit me was when I heard someone say that food is only an instant gratification, we can only taste it for so long before it gone. We are only pleasured for a few seconds with its delicious taste, before its gone. I know for myself when I over indulge its because I’m eating my feelings, I want that instant gratification of something tasting delicious over and over again to make me feel better, because what I’m feeling is the negativity that I have allowed into my body. Why can’t we look at our lives in away that we fill our them with delicious experiences and feelings, instead of just putting it in our mouths for it to only last a few seconds? why can’t we stuff are daily lives with the things we love to do and see and feel, instead of stuffing our mouths full of things we love to eat that don’t love us back.
Many of us are over whelmed by the amount of diets that we can choose from. From Keto, to wraps, to shakes, to alkaline, to detoxes, to vegan… there are so many methods to loosing weight and looking great, that it is hard to know what is going to work the best for our bodies.
So where do we start?
My advice is to start looking at what you eat, take notes of how much, when and what it is that you eat on a daily basis. Once a week, before you do your shopping, plan a balanced meal. One that contains fruits, vegetables, and protein. Something that you feel is healthy, I prefer a meal low in carbs and sugar with chicken. So over time you will learn and become accustomed to cooking healthier meals. After a few weeks, you’ll have a handful of new recipes that will become part of your normal routine while still adding new recipes each week. Make sure to watch your portion sizes and how much water you drink as well. Remember to be mindful of when your body feels full as well.
The next step would be to start watching the amount of sugar intake, the average American consumes about 85 grams a sugar a day or more. This leaves many of us craving more and more sugar. Experts suggest that 25 grams of sugar or less is an adequate amount for daily consumption. Much of our daily sugar intake comes from high fructose corn syrup, so even if you don’t want to cut sugar completely out of your diet, just cut high fructose corn syrup out and you will notice a huge difference. Anything containing this ingredient is low in nutrition and can poison your body! If your going to eat sugar focus on eating natural sugars that you find in fruit.
Below is a list of common forms of sugar that we consume on a daily basis.
- Sugar • Dextrose • Maltose • Glucose • Fructose • Corn sweetener • Honey • Corn syrup • Sucrose • Sorghum syrup • Sorbitol • Brown sugar • Lactose • Molasses • Syrup • Fruit juice concentrate • High-fructose corn syrup
By reducing the amount of sugar we consume, we gain control over leptin resistance (where are brain no longer hear when we are full), hormone balance, and insulin levels.
From a personal stand point, I feel like carbs are also a factor in affecting weight gain. By cutting out the bad carbs such as breads, desserts, and pizza. Your body will start to not feel so bogged down by the heaviness this food brings upon our bodies. Many Americans consume 2 to 3 times the amount of recommended carbohydrates, 130 grams is recommended, the over indulging ourselves contributes to weight gain, fatigue and low energy levels. By reducing carbs you also reduce the amount of unhealthy calories you are consuming, allowing for your body to burn fat that is stored around your midsection for energy.
Examples of good carbohydrates
- Non-starchy vegetables
- Starchy vegetables
Examples of bad carbs
- White pasta
- White rice
- Sugary cereals
- Refined breads
If you would like more information about why reducing sugar and carbs in your diet, I encourage you to take a look at the websites listed below. I have also included some super healthy and yummy recipes that will help you get started with, to include in your weekly meals. I wish you all the best on your path to a fulfilled and healthy lifestyle. You are all capable of being the best version of yourself, if you can picture your self living a healthy lifestyle, you are on your way to success!
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