Winning the Battle of the Bulge: Time for a Lifestyle Change?

If you aren’t a ‘happy camper’, you won’t be healthy no matter what you eat. We need to use common sense in conjunction with our intellect. That’s because there is a thread which connects lifestyle to health and wellness. What does the mind and emotions have to do with food? Plenty.

How about the food we are addicted to and find all kinds of reasons to keep eating it even though we know it causes us weight gain and health problems?

We all know that eating hamburgers, pizzas and greasy French fries are not health food. We also have learned snack and junk foods aren’t, either. It is general knowledge that too much salt, sugar and oily foods aren’t healthy. Yet, we all still do crave them, don’t we?

How we talk to ourselves matters greatly. Thinking positive and not brow-beating ourselves will help keep us motivated instead of losing hope.

‘No man is an island…’ We need friends, family, healthy food, clean water, physical activity, mental exercise, hobbies, a job we love doing and sunshine…

Positive thoughts make us feel good or happy and negative thinking drags us down making us feel sad or depressed. Negative thinking may be a contributing factor to diseases, ailments and conditions we suffer from. It’s not helpful to say ‘I can never lose weight’. Try saying ‘I find it easy giving up snack and junk food’, instead.

If we want to turn our health around and lose weight, it takes more than a temporary diet. Fad diets don’t bring lasting results. We tend to go back to our old eating habits.

Changing how you eat must become a lifestyle choice. There is simply too much temptation in our faces for it to be looked at any other way. Once we learn what we can and cannot eat, it is then up to us to stick to it.

We know what will happen when we get off tract. We don’t want to slip back into our old eating habits that caused us our health problems and weight gain in the first place.

It’s not easy deciding to stop eating and drinking that which is causing us bodily harm, especially when everyone around us eats poorly. A lifestyle change may be the next order.

It’s not easy to do, but can be done with patience, willpower and persistence. Maybe, a few new ‘health conscious friends’ are needed for ongoing support?

Note- before you change your diet contact your doctor.

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