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I hope this doesn’t offend you

By Shane YoungDecember 29, 2014

Have you been eating more than normal, lately? Most people have. Holiday indulgences are in full swing…between rich party food, dinners and piles of seasonal comfort foods.

Today I’d like to be brutally honest with you about the food abuse that is so rampant today, and I certainly hope that it doesn’t offend you.

Sure, I could write you a ‘feel good’ article about cutting back a few calories and exercising a few more minutes each day, but I’d rather write something that’s truly helpful and will make a difference in your life.

Here’s the real deal: Most people abuse food.

That’s right. Most people are  overweight because they eat too much, and we eat too much because it brings immediate pleasure.

It’s time to admit that this pleasure comes at high price…

You’ve heard dishes being referred to as ‘comfort food’ – some restaurants even have an entire section of their menu designated as comfort food. But comfort food is more than just a hearty dish…

  • It’s those extra calories that you eat to feed an emotional need rather than a nutritional need.
  • It’s excessively big portions that leave you stuffed(and often regretting your decision emotionally and digestively!)
  • It’s high calorie snacks.
  • It’s sugary treats.
  • It’s fried, cheese-smothered appetizers(potato skins…nachos…)
  • It’s whatever you indulge in with mindless munching.

Could you relate to any of the above? Most of us tend to gravitate toward a particular form of comfort food. For many women it’s chocolate or other sugary treats. For men it often takes a saltier form.

Do yourself a big favor and think of the last time you ate for pleasure rather than nourishment. Why’d you do it?

Out of Habit: Your body loves routine. If you always snack while watching television then you’d probably find it hard to relax without going through that munching motion. The good news is that once you break the cycle your body will quickly adapt to a healthier routine. It usually takes about 2 weeks of conscious effort to break a habit…easier said than done but set your mind to it and its totally possible!!

To Change Your Mood: Does the thought of a cupcake bring a smile to your lips? How about a large pizza to lift your mood? Pay attention to the emotions that trigger you to overeat – you may be surprised how often you use food to feel better. The best thing to do is make a list of other ways to make your self feel better(some of mine are: bath, meditation audio, massage, manicure, a walk connecting in nature, reading a fave book to name a few!)

Because Everyone’s Doing It: Who can resist comfort food when it’s offered among friends? Peer pressure doesn’t just apply to teenagers – it’s another reason to overeat. Remember that true friends will support your decision to refrain. Let them know your goals and plan non food related meetings (like tea and a walk) so food isn’t always the central part of your social life( I am guilty of this for sure!!)

Can you remember how you felt after you last filled up on comfort food? If you’re honest, you’ll admit that the stuffed and bloated feeling was downright awful. The emotional eting may lead to larger clothes, low energy(your body has to work soooo hard to digest heavy junky food so there isn’t as much energy for important things like movement and creativity!), plagued with health concerns/perscriptions and potentailly quite frustrated with the way your body looks and feels. So why do it?

Most people don’t realize it, but the battle to overcome your eating habits is decided by a single body part – and it’s not your mouth.

It’s your brain. Once you’ve made up your mind, for better or for worse, you can bet that your body will obey your decision to the letter. You’ve proven it time and time again.

So make the conscious decision to give up your unhealthy dependence on comfort food.

There is no better time than now.

Making a change is hard – that’s why we are committed to being with you every step of the way. Call today to schedule a consultation to get started on a fitness and full body wellness journey that will change your life!!

You can end your dependence on comfort food, once and for all, I know it!!

A great way to start is to enroll in the 30-Day New Year’s Resolution Challenge, #AscendSuperhero.

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