Most people want to eat better. What is the first thing a person does when they make this decision? They tend to rule out the foods that they can no longer eat, which explains why diets don’t work. When you start anything new from a negative standpoint, you are doomed from the start. There is truth to the old adage: “What you resist, persists.” For instance, as soon as you tell yourself that you can no longer eat chocolate, then all you can think of is chocolate. Oddly, you may never have thought that much before about chocolate but now it’s calling your name.
A healthier focus on eating is needed! What if you drafted up another kind of list that added in all those scrumptious new foods you plan to incorporate into your eating regime. Now when you gaze upon all the exciting colourful fresh foods in the produce aisle, you toss them into your shopping cart with gusto.
A few ideas:
- Prepare a small snack bag to keep on hand for those times you crave unhealthy foods. Combine fresh nuts or seeds, cranberries, goji berries and organic dark chocolate chips.
- Make your own salad dressings, hummus and nut butters.
- Add in more fresh veggies versus pre-packaged items.
- Buy 70% dark chocolate and avoid candy bars filled with additives and white sugar
- To satisfy sweet cravings at night, drink licorice tea.
- If you have salt cravings at night, you are likely low on some minerals in your diet. Add in seafood and omega fatty acids and/or fish oils.
As you add in more good foods to your diet, you will start to feel better. Amazingly, your physiology will also change. This means you will crave the bad stuff less often. Be patient as any real change takes 28 days. Give yourself a chance and commit to this 28-day period. Not only will you wake up clear-headed, feel better and look better but you will also likely shave off a few extra pounds.
I wish you an abundant summer full of love, passion and adventure. I am forever here to support you in this life journey.