Why I Believe You Should Eat Whatever You Want

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This hasn’t happened in a long time. I didn’t post a blog last week and for that I am truly sorry. With that said I am happy to be back. Now back to today’s blog.

When I was about six years old my mother cleaned all the junk food out of all the kitchen cabinets including my beloved Pop Tarts. From then on I wasn’t allowed to eat processed foods, sugar, or white bread.

Don’t feel bad for me I would eat my favorite “comfort foods” like cavatelli pasta and meatballs and her famous apple pie when I visited my grandmother.

I was lucky in the fact that I ate pretty clean most of the time and then I was able to indulge periodically.

From living a healthy lifestyle I developed the belief that poor nutrition was the main reason for obesity and disease. I think many people these days would even agree with that belief.

It makes sense that a lifetime of poor nutrition ultimately could lead to chronic health issues and disease. Although it appears so, poor health and weight gain is INDIRECTLY a result of poor nutrition among other things.

Did you ever wonder why you choose to eat certain foods even when you know there are healthier choices?

Why would you choose to eat a donut for breakfast when you know that a bowl of steel cut oats with blueberries is a much healthier option? You could eat the steel cut oats but you know you really want the donut.

Then you feel resentful that you are forbidding yourself to eat the donut. It can become a vicious cycle.

I guarantee that if you want the donut even though you ate the steel cut oats eventually you will eat the donut, maybe even two at a time, because you may feel you deserve it after eating all those bowls of steel cut oats.

I was talking with a friend recently who was very proud that she chose a piece of fruit to eat over a chocolate bar since she is trying to lose weight. I thought she made a logical versus an emotional choice.

I also thought to myself that it was only a matter of time before she makes an emotional choice for the chocolate bar instead. Most likely when she is feeling stressed.

You can’t try or discipline yourself to eat a certain way, maybe for a little while, but eventually your efforts may back fire.

Coercing yourself to eat a certain way to lose weight or to lower your cholesterol will only last for a little while. That’s why 90% of dieters gain back the weight and 2/3 of Americans are either overweight or obese.

So if forcing yourself to eat healthier doesn’t work should you just eat whatever you want?

Yes, you should.

Not the answer you thought. Let me explain myself.

You tend to eat foods that are an emotional match to your feelings. Although food is first and foremost fuel to the body we connect with food on an emotional level.

If you are feeling bad about yourself what kind of food do you think you are going to crave at that moment? Most likely it’s not going to be broccoli.

When I said to eat whatever you want I meant after you improve how you feel.

For example after you exercise and you have those endorphins flowing what kind of food do you think you might crave? A salad or a hot fudge sundae?

Getting yourself into a good feeling place is the absolute key to becoming an emotional match to the foods that will nourish your body.

Doing little things each day to improve how you feel will go a lot further than disciplining yourself to eat certain foods.

Forcing yourself to eat healthier foods is only creating a time-bomb situation, eventually you’re going to blow.

My best advice is to develop your mind-set first and then you will actually find yourself craving the foods that truly nourish your body and mind.

Please join me next week and I will talk about ways to help you to develop your mind-set so you can lose weight or improve virtually any aspect of your health.

Do you tend to eat foods that match your emotions?

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