Change the Way You Think About Food

Food is not your friend, not your lover and not a warm blanket to comfort you when you’ve had a bad day.

Change the Way You Think About Food

Change the Way You Think About Food

Changing the way our family thought about food made a big difference in getting the excess weight off. Eating is necessary. The calories you consume give you energy. You burn that energy by physical movement. We had to learn to eat for what we were about to do, not to eat for what we had done. Let me explain… you work hard all day and you come home starving. You likely have not eaten since lunch. So you eat a large dinner and do a few chores. Then you sit down to watch television, read a book or get on the computer for an hour or so before going to bed. Think about it, this is completely backwards, especially if you often eat a late dinner. You are not going to burn off all of those calories, are you? Of course not, so you start packing on the pounds.

Instead of coming home and eating a large meal, with little or no physical activity planned for the rest of your day, you need to do one of two things. You can either eat less, or squeeze a workout into your evening about an hour after dinner. Otherwise, those calories are going straight to your hips and thighs. I know you have heard this before, but you are better off consuming those extra calories in the morning, when you have the rest of the day to work them off.

It took some training, but we learned we had to eat for we were about to do, not what had already been accomplished.

Another change we had to make was more difficult, because we are “social eaters.” Food was always a huge, full-scale production. Even if friends and family were not coming to dinner, we would still make so much food we could eat off of the leftovers for days! We put a stop to having folks over for fish fries, and other large dinner parties every single weekend. We still cook out, but now the meals are healthier and reserved for special occasions.

We began using smaller plates, for a short period of time, to grasp the concept of portion control. Thanksgiving dinners and all you can eat buffets were horrible. A smorgasbord of heart stopping junk food! Eat as much as you can, get your money’s worth! At Thanksgiving, we would have seconds of stuffing and mashed potatoes while looking forward to a piece of pumpkin pie and whipped cream. It was overkill – and the ones we were killing were us!

We also learned we were eating seconds just because the food tasted so good. Now, we immediately put away the leftovers and save them for another day. If we grill eight chicken breasts, our family of four gets one each for dinner and the other four are immediately put into the fridge for lunch the next day.

Something else that was tough to overcome was the realization that we do not have to eat every morsel on our dish. As a child I was always told, “Clean your plate!” That phrase is absolutely not allowed in my home!

Change your relationship with food by understanding that it is simply fuel for your body. Food is not your friend, not your lover and not a warm blanket to comfort you when you’ve had a bad day. If you have a tendency to overeat, you must end the affair and change the way you currently think about food.

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