Charlotteans, the more you deny it, the more you want it!

I don’t know about you but a lot of my clients, including my wife have problems with one thing. The more they deny themselves the food they want to eat the more they crave it, finally they give up and just binge it. 

That probably sounds familiar to you as well. It can be the wine, the chocolate, the salty stuff, the pizza, pretty much anything.

The question is, what can you do about it. It might have been ruining your efforts to lose weight, run fast, be fitter, be healthier, whatever your goal is, nutrition is the key.

Here are some tips that can help you be in peace with your food:

  1. Clean up your diet and eat healthy, tasty minimally processed foods 90% of the time. Learn how to prepare them, so that they taste great. The internet is a great source for recipies. Anyone can cook. Don’t just steam veggies, spice them, experiment, and you will discover all kinds of new flavors that will stimulate your taste buds.
  2. Allow yourself the occasional exception. If 90% of your nutrition is good, you will make progress, don’t try to be perfect. Perfection is doomed to fail and so are you if you try to attain it.
  3. If you feel like chocolate [insert food you crave] tell yourself, later, not right now. This later might never come but if it does, have a piece and savor it knowing you follow the 90% rule.
  4. When was the last time you truly enjoyed your food. I mean, sat down, TV turned off, and eat food savoring it? Learn to do that and when you cheat, do exactly the same thing. If you want to have some chips, instead of mindlessly shoving them into your mouth turn off the TV, listen to some music and enjoy every bite of the serving you put in front of yourself. When you are done with that you can turn the TV back on or get back to whatever you were doing.

 

I hope you are enjoying your Holidays,

 

Michael Anders

Head Trainer Shape Up Fitness & Wellness Consulting Inc.

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