Why is it so difficult to pass by this box without finding the urge to open it? In my opinion they all should come with a lock and key, or a constantly changing code. Because I feel if the refrigerator was more difficult to open, it will solve a lot of our yoyo diet issues.
But then again we should not blame it all on the fridge; it's us stocking it with all the contents we find in the supermarket, good and bad, but each time we pass by the items in the aisle it's like they hypnotize us into picking them up and bringing them home. We say things to ourselves like, this is the last time I will allow myself to have it, but we immediately forget the next time we're back in the aisle the following visit.
More research needs to go into the ingredients that are in these addicting products, as there are already scientific studies proving this formula exists, and should be stopped or at least brought to public awareness. Until further development on why we want to eat what we do comes to existence, we must take it into our hands and rely on our own will power. Global conglomerates will never fully be in our healthy favor if temptation convinces us to buy their product.
WILL POWER by definition means the ability to control o
ne's own thoughts and behavior , especially in difficult situations. That includes the grocery aisle, where we face the attractive labels and yummy thought-provoking snacks. How best to assist this will power?
1. Make a list before you go grocery shopping; make sure you've researched and decided on healthier alternatives as to make the trip easier.
2. Look in your pantry and get rid of all those secret stashes - and fast! Don't make deals with yourself (I'll keep it for another time) - that won't help the OMG moment when you're back on the scale (whether you eat it now or "another time" won't make a difference).
3. If you happen to go out to eat, there is a lot of healthier alternatives on the menu; don't even look in the section of the no no's - don't even give your brain a second to contimplate.
4. Always carry water with you because sometimes when we are thirsty we equate that with hunger, if after the water you are still hungry eat some fruit. It's true that water can actually fill you up sometimes!
5. Exercise! It doesn't mean sign up to the gym; take the stairs at work, go for a walk, ride a bicycle - get outside! Lets find daily things in our everyday life and use them as forms of exercise.
Take a moment to think about your life, and the people you love[ even though you are making these changes for yourself, in the long run it will be for them because you will be healthier, happy and be around to enjoy each other for a long time.
Cereal (healthy ones)
Old Fashioned Quaker Oats oatmeal
Brown rice Whole-wheat pastaTomato sauce (check the ingredients—you want a sauce made with only tomatoes, olive oil, and spices—no corn syrup or sugar added) Canned diced or whole peeled tomatoes Canned tuna and/or salmon packed in water Low-sodium canned soups (such as Campbell’s Healthy Request or Amy’s) Canned beans (chick peas, pinto, black, kidney, etc.) Basic seasonings: salt, pepper, brown sugar, Old Bay, taco seasoning, hot sauce like Tabasco, balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, low-sodium soy sauce Healthy oils like extra virgin olive oil, canola oil, and nonfat cooking spray.Fruits and veggies galore (including staples of apples, oranges, lemons, lettuces, tomato, cucumber) Nonfat/low-fat milk Nonfat/low-fat yogurt or cottage cheese Calcium-fortified orange juice Eggs Nuts—almonds, walnuts, or cashews, roasted and unsalted (remember, nuts are fats and will go rancid if they are not stored in the refrigerator) Natural nut butters—almond or peanut Hummus Low-fat cheese: reduced-fat cheddar, part-skim mozzarella, or reduced-fat string cheese sticks A block of good Parmesan cheese Firm tofu Extra-lean turkey bacon (approximately 20 calories per strip, 1 gram of fat or less, and 3+ grams of protein) Whole-wheat English muffins Butter alternative (non-hydrogenated and without trans fats) Mustard Salsa (try to buy fresh salsa whenever possible) For the FreezerWhole wheat sliced bread (with at least 2 grams of fiber per slice and less than 100 calories) Frozen veggies (broccoli, spinach, peas) Frozen fruit (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries) Ground turkey Skinless chicken breasts Frozen cooked shrimp