Weight Loss Dilema
I am the first to admit I have a food addiction. From the age of 13, I have had an unhealthy relationship with food. I can remember thinking it was a good idea to be anorexic to loose unwanted pounds and look more like the images I saw on television and in magazines. I loved food too much to be anorexic. My Mother explained to me the problems with eating disorders, and it scared me into not pursuing them for very long. I even tried bulimia, but hated throwing up so much that it was short term. My emotions have always had a part to play in my food addiction. I can remember going to food for comfort since I was a teenager. Unfortunately, I still have this problem lurking in the background. I pray that God will help me have the self control not to use food as my comfort, and look to Him instead for my well being.
Healthy eating is one of the best ways that I have found to feel better. With all of the health food stores available it is easier to eat healthy. My best friend tried to get me to do "sugar busters", and I almost laughed at her for it. However, I did try for a couple of months to reduce my sugar and felt significantly better. I know that a balanced diet consists of drinking 8 eight ounce glasses of water, 2 - 7 fruits, 7 - 13 vegetables, 7 - 13 whole grains, 0 - 7 meat, poultry, and eggs, and 2 - 4 servings of calcium. It is easy for me to consume fruit and my favorites are any kind of berry which are yummy with some greek yogurt. I also really enjoy almond milk and it is a great substitute for milk. Meat is something that I limit as it causes me some discomfort at times. I have eliminated coffee and cokes which is making me feel better. Artificial sweetener is no longer a part of my diet. What I have found best for me is all things in moderation, especially sweets which I often crave.
I have decided to join a wonderful program available through a large , well known hospital which I will begin the end of August. About 7 years ago they helped me lose 30 pounds of baby fat! I really need the accountability that they provide. They require me to keep a detailed food journal 1 week prior to my appointment. At the first appointment I will have my metabolism, body fat, weight, etc... measured. Ouch! I wish I could skip that, but it is a necessary evil. Then, I will meet with a dietitian and a Doctor who will help me come up with a healthy eating and exercise plan. They are all about the basics of weight loss which include good old fashioned healthy eating and exercise. I want a quick fix, but I know it never lasts. My best plan to lose weight is to follow healthy eating and exercise. With that I know I will eventually succeed in becoming healthier.
Always check with your doctor first before starting any weight loss and/or exercise routine.
Healthy Eating Tips
- Follow the food pyramid remembering you can choose your favorites.
- Get an accountability partner/cheerleader.
- Give your self time to adjust to your new routine.
Healthy Eating Summary
Make sure you are committed to a healthy weight loss plan. You did not gain the weight overnight, so it will take time to get it off. Patience is a virtue. Healthy eating can be found on the "food pyramid", and you can choose the foods that fit you best. An exercise routine can start off slow and progress with time. Always check with your doctor first before starting any weight loss and/or exercise routine.
You can lose the weight in a healthy way in order to be a healthier you!
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