Healthy Eating – It’s All in the Mind

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Everyone knows how hard it is to diet. It is not just a case of eating the right stuff; you need to be in the right place to do it in your head, too. It can be an emotional roller coaster, with what we eat affecting our mood and our mood affecting what we eat. Here are a few tips that might help you on your way:

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Decide on a Plan

Obviously, the first step is actually deciding that we are going to improve our diet, but then what? There are a multitude of methods and diets out there that you can follow. My tip would be to use your common sense. Anything that advocates cutting out a major food group entirely cannot be good for you. Talk to other people about their experiences and get recommendations, ask your local GP for some help and guidance, and then start in earnest. It is much harder to do something when you have not decided how you are going to do it in the first place.

For one, having a plan means that you can organise your food shopping accordingly. If you do not have the right food in the house in the first place, you are setting yourself up for failure, and you will then make yourself feel bad, leading to a vicious circle. So planning ahead is really important. Check out places like for help and advice on protein-based diets.

It Is Okay to Treat Yourself

It is harder to abstain completely from something than it is to allow yourself a regular “treat.” If you know that on a Friday, for instance, you can have a couple of glasses of wine or some pizza, it gives you something to reward yourself with and a goal. “Everything in moderation” is a good ethic to live by. Too much of anything can be bad, and you forget to appreciate the good things in life if you have them all the time, too. Never make yourself feel bad for slipping up. Everyone does it once in a while; we all have bad days. Acknowledge the fact and move on to the next day.

Use Your Common Sense

A lot of healthy eating is about knowing some basic rules and being able to follow them. Things like missing breakfast completely is never going to make you feel good and will have the reverse effect that you are looking for. You are more likely to binge, and your blood sugar levels will be affected by not eating, making you feel bad and causing dips. Eat before you shop, as you will be less tempted to buy the things that you know you should not. Bare in mind that when people think that they are hungry, they are often, as a matter of fact, thirsty. So try having a glass of water first, just in case.

The whole point of healthy eating is that you end up feeling good about yourself, so do not make yourself feel bad in the process of doing it. Take each day as it comes, and you will find that it gets easier as time goes by.

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