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The Simplest Ways To Stop Food Addiction

The Simplest Ways To Stop Food Addiction

You’re not a dog. Don’t reward yourself with food.

Here are the major signs that you’re addicted to food, along with possible solutions.

1. Are your meals the highlight of your day?

Most people live from meal to meal. It seems like eating is the best thing that is happening to them. I remember that I used to just sit there and watch the clock waiting for it to be lunch or dinner or whatever.

This is a disease. This is no different from looking forward to your next chance to get high. This is no different from a junkie eagerly waiting to get a hit out of his precious little drug.

Solution?

Be more productive throughout the day. Engage in activities that you enjoy. Find other stuff to do with people other than eating. Read books.

I also handle this with meditation. The reason people think about food is that they’re looking for a way to escape their realities.

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Keep in mind that meditation does not mean sitting down saying “omm” a bunch of times.

I’m talking about putting yourself into a clear state of mind in the present moment and embracing whatever it is that you’re doing at that moment instead of escaping it by eating.

I believe people call it being mindful.

2. Do you select meals purely based on taste?

I understand that food is necessary for survival and we need to eat.

A lot of people might think that food can’t be a drug. Food can’t be the same as shooting up heroin in a bathroom stall, can it?

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It can. If you were truly eating for survival, then you wouldn’t be eating junk food all the time.

Eating something because it’s tasty means you’re eating something to feel good. That’s another way of saying that you’re purely eating to get high.

Solution?

Be honest with yourself about the reason why you eat the things you do.

Realize that food is nothing but energy. You should eat in order to have energy to accomplish your goals. Stop eating to get high.

You can’t decide if you’re hungry? Ask yourself if you want an apple. If the answer is no, then you’re probably bored instead of hungry.

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3. Do you ever eat until you can’t move?

I used to do this all the time and this is like hitting rock bottom. Eating until you can’t move is eating way beyond being full. If you do this, you have a problem.

This is the surest sign that you do not want to go back to your reality so you prefer to destroy your body by eating until it becomes unhealthy.

This may sound extreme but it is the truth. If I were exaggerating, then there wouldn’t be so many people depressed by the way they look and so many obese people walking around.

Just look at the television. Every other commercial is about food or about some easy way to lose weight. This is a major problem, but few people are doing anything about it.

Solution?

Realize that you have a problem and commit to changing your eating habits.

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People who hang around drug addicts know that quitting drugs for a couple of months doesn’t mean anything. Addicts are at risk of bouncing back at any moment.

The same applies to food. This is a life commitment. Start treating food for what it really is… food. This is fuel for the body.

Controlling your eating urges will give you the confidence and discipline to do the same with other areas of your life.

Remember this… Eat to live. Don’t live to eat.

This article will also help: What 500 Calories Really Looks Like

 

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Last Updated on December 13, 2018

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

1. Eat Before Heading Out

First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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2. Select The Treats

Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

3. Avoid Skipping Meals

Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

4. Drink With Moderation

It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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5. Be Active

You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

6. Get Out Of The House

Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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8. Set Realistic Goals

You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

9. Enjoy Yourself

Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

10. Drink A Lot Of Water

This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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11. Eat Less And More Often

Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

12. Prioritize Your Workouts

Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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