Focus on finding a balance of hunger and fullness as you eat. Stop eating when you are no longer hungry, not just when you are full. While I still get snide looks from my Italian relatives when I refuse second helpings and dessert at Thanksgiving, I’m not complaining about being stuffed or having heartburn afterward!
THINK BEFORE YOU EAT
Food is energy for your body. Nothing more, nothing less. Think about your food before you eat: “Why am I eating this?” “Do I really need this?” This will help you focus on eating enough to keep you moving, and choosing foods that will give you prolonged energy.
Focus on things that come from the earth, not a factory. The best advice is, when shopping at the grocery store, stay along the outside walls where you find fruits, vegetables, beans and lean sources of meat. All of these occur naturally. This helps keep those processed foods and sugar-packed snacks, all of which will kill your metabolism, out of the cart.
Grow your own when possible or try some organic foods. If you must purchase other produce wash well to remove pesticides and other toxins.
AVOID ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS
Avoid artificial sweeteners. These are most often consumed in Crystal Light, diet sodas and “sugar-free” products. Think of them as toxins, because they are! Drink plenty of water.
CONTROL PORTION SIZES
Use small coffee mugs to eat your cereal in the morning. Get rid of all the large plates and cups in your house and only eat with the smaller or children’s sizes. Eat slowly, being certain to chew your food thoroughly before swallowing. Try to eat slower than the slowest eater at the table. If you go to a restaurant, split a meal with your partner, or once your portion is delivered, cut it in half and have the waiter box up half of the dish for another meal.
LIFESTYLE CHANGES TAKE TIME
Good nutrition is a marathon, not a sprint. Don’t make the mistake of trying to change everything overnight. It took your entire life to adopt your current nutrition habits, expect it to take some time to change them. After two weeks of a consistent change, you have made it a habit. Pick two or three of these tips to start. Each week review how you have done and evaluate the areas that need improvement. During this review, plan on making an additional change to your nutrition.