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Simple Eating: Out of the Dieting Cycle 
 
by Anna Silversten June 07, 2005

All food is good food

Yes, you read that right. Fat and sugars are okay, as well as wheat bread. It is not what you eat, but how much you eat. If you eat one candy bar, you will not gain two pounds. If you eat a whole box of candy bars, you might gain those pounds. Most binges (that ruin your diet) come as direct results from restricting yourself from certain foods, labeling them as “bad”. When you then face a temptation or turmoil, your protective walls tumble down and you go for the “banned & bad” food to make yourself feel better.

Afterwards comes the guilt, and a new, strict diet. Until the next lapse occurs. This cycle can go on for years, and it is not healthy for your body. The good news for sufferers inside this cycle is that when you manage to work your mind not to label foods “good” and “bad”, and instead focus on the amount eaten, you will be freed and can forget the guilt about eating.There is nothing bad in eating a candy bar. Let this concept sink into your brain.

How much is enough?

We have already established that all food is good food, and you can eat pretty much whatever you please, even when you want to lose your extra weight. But how much should you eat? We will step away from scales and cups; those aren’t needed for natural eating. Your tummy is all you need to estimate how much food you need. The rule of thumb is to eat so much that you’re not hungry anymore. That translates to having a good feeling in your tummy.

We have often been led to believe that our tummies need to absolutely bulge after a good meal, so that we need to loosen the belt. This isn’t the way, so if you feel heavy and stuffy, you’ve eaten too much. Don’t despair; try again with the next meal. You will be surprised seeing the amounts you eat this way. Easier said than done, you may say. Granted, it will take some getting used to, but so do diets. You’re used to volume eating, so naturally going the other way around will feel strange at first.

Take your time, and eat slowly. Savor the taste. Ask yourself if you would rather eat a mountain of tasteless low calorie food than a small plate of real food made with real cream and butter? Remember to be gentle with yourself; it will take time to learn to listen to your body and your tummy.

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