Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Focus On Adding Foods In, Not Cutting Them Out

Often when people think about trying to be healthier, they think about all of those things they need to cut out of their diet. 

No more cookies, chips, muffins, brownies, pop (or soda), bacon, cheese, candy, chocolate, extra salt, extra sugar, extra fat... and the list goes on and on. 

By cutting foods out of your diet, it makes you focus on them more.  Even though there is the word "no" in the same sentence, you still get the word "cookies" replaying in your head. 

Rather than focusing on which foods you're hoping to leave behind, try adding healthy foods to your diet. 

Crisp & Delicious!
Do you bring chips or crackers with you to lunch every day?  Bring an apple or an orange instead.  This helps you add fruit to your diet and have a healthy and nutritious snack to look forward to.

Are you always hungry after work?  Bring some carrots with you so that you can snack on them during your drive home.  You probably won't be hungry or at least as hungry when you get to your pantry. 

Last but not least, don't forget to add in water.  It may seem simple, but if you are getting the munchies and need to snack on something, drink a glass of water and wait 5-10 minutes.  You might actually be thirsty, not hungry. 

By focusing on all of the foods you get to add in to your diet, you help set yourself up for success.  If you have "cookie" running through your head all day (even if the real phrase is "no cookie") you'll want a cookie.  If you have "apple with lunch" and "carrots in the car" running through your head, you'll be excited for your snacks. 

Focus on the positive of adding foods to help prime yourself for success.

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