Monday, 27 July 2015 11:02

5 Crucial Steps to Beating Food Addictions

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Beyond a doubt the most universal challenge for keeping up a healthy diet is giving up food addictions. If you could escape from your cravings, healthy habits would take over and your new lifestyle would become a breeze. Wouldn't that be nice?

Easier said than done. Stimulating foods are among the most addictive pleasures on earth. Your brain is wired to seek out high-calorie energy sources like sugars and fats (especially the bad fats).

One of the problems is that these energy supplies are no longer in short supply, as they've been throughout human evolution. Food manufacturers are experts at taking advantage of our natural desires by flooding us with overly-addictive food products, not to mention the convenience and their low pricing.

Fighting these manipulations takes careful planning.

Think about the situations when you're at your weakest to eat something you would regret and feel guilty afterwards. Presumably, this is happening when you're out for a celebration or family gathering, or when you're so hungry that your reasoning becomes hijacked. Having a clear plan of each of these situations will help you prepare and avoid losing control when the time comes.

You might be thinking, is it really that bad to have a treat on occasion? True, there is room in a healthy lifestyle for the occasional indulgence. But when you're taking on food addictions, a slight deviation off course could leave you shattered with guilt, exhausted and discouraged.

That's why it's vital to do everything you can to capitalize on your odds for success when starting off.

Here are 5 steps you can take to get going on the right track:

1. Scrap the junk

The necessary first step.

The idea here is to cut off the opportunity of having any foods that doesn't fit in with your goals. This helps you to avoid feeling deprived, and tempted. Don't buy them! Junk food contributes lots of calories but little nutritional value. They are simply empty calories devoid of any vitamins and minerals. Another problem with junk foods is that they're low in satiation value -- that is, people don't tend to feel as full when they eat them -- which can lead to overeating. Another problem is that junk food tends to replace other, more nutritious foods.

2. Tame the beast

The next step is to ensure you have healthy, handy foods available at all times. It's crucial that little or no preparation is needed.

To consistently make healthier choices in these situations is a good habit to adopt. When were ravenous, tired or stressed out, naturally, there's the desire to grab the most satisfying and calorie dense option available. Opt for a portion of veggies, fruit, and nuts before making any other food choices when you're hungry. This is effective because it's foolproof, and once the initial hunger has been tamed, you'll be able to make a much more rational decision about what to eat.

3. Beware of temptation

Recruiting good habits at home is a bit easier; the situation gets a bit trickier with all the outside influences. An essential point here is never to rely on willpower for beating temptations. There's a much higher chance you'll reach your goal if you avoid putting yourself in a position where your willpower might break down.

On the days when your co-worker decides to bring in a fresh box of donuts to the office, make sure you're full or have healthy foods with you. Hunger is your worst enemy in the face of temptation, and you'll find it much easier to stay strong without the hungry devil on your shoulder.

4. Team up

There's no better way to stick to your healthy lifestyle diet than to surround yourself with like-minded people. You don't have to change your friends, but knowing there are people with the same commitment and beliefs as you will strengthen your self-reliance and help to keep you motivated.

It's also effective to have others hold you accountable for your goals. That way, you can challenge each other and get a healthy competition going for extra motivation.

You can network at meet-ups, events and trade shows, but joining online communities is also a great option. You can easily share your journey, ask questions and find support through blogs and forums.

5. Dream on!

Keep a strong vision of your goals in mind. Write them down. Stick them on your walls. Meditate on them.

This is a powerful and effective technique because the aspiration to realize your goals is your drive. As you are aware, eventually, your drive will wear out. It's by visualizing your dreams on a daily basis that you'll develop lasting habits.

These steps may seem too simple to you, but they shouldn't be disregarded. Food addictions and emotional eating are just as serious as any other addiction, and wreak havoc on your health.

Planning and developing self-awareness is the best way to achieving your goals.

For more insights on visualization and to learn other powerful techniques to achieve your health goals, stay tune to my upcoming book "CHANGE YOUR MIND, CHANGE YOUR BODY" to be released in 2016

 

 

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