Healthy Living

Chiropractors Suggest Eating, Yes Eating

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If the upcoming new year has you thinking about losing weight there are many reasons to work towards this healthy goal. Not only will weight loss improve your physical health but it will sharpen your mental health as well. Some people start a weight loss plan in response to high blood pressure or under direct orders from their healthcare professional. Others lose weight to alleviate back pain or knee pain while others lose weight simply because they want to change the way they look. Regardless of why you want to start a weight loss journey, there are some steps you can take to increase your chances of success: Keep It Simple. There are plenty of diets that insist you count calories, measure food portions or count points, but to start your weight loss journey, just start with some simple changes. Research has shown that trying to make drastic changes to your diet overnight makes it more difficult to succeed and increases your chances of failure. So focus on a few changes at a time and don't make your favorite foods off limits, just eat them infrequently and in moderation. If you're more of the straight laced kind of person who needs specific rules, then perhaps following a strict portion controlled diet is for you. Find what works. Listen To Your Body. If you feel like you're hungry make sure you aren't just thirsty, try drinking a glass of water before you eat. Self-monitor when you're eating. Try eating without a lot of distractions such as television or chatty kids and instead eat to get full (of healthy foods, of course). When we eat with distractions we often eat until the food is gone and past the point of feeling full. Start Your Day Off Right. Eat breakfast each morning. You not only jump start your metabolism with breakfast in the morning, you also prevent ravenous eating later in the day when you realize you're really hungry. Also try small meals and snacks throughout the day so you aren't waiting to eat until you can barely think about what you're putting into your body. Eat In Color. Even if you don't prefer a colorful array of foods (fruits and vegetables) and perhaps you prefer white bread over whole wheat bread and white rice over brown rice, try new foods each week to introduce a healthy array of foods to your new diet. You may find you like baked salmon with some herbs more than the fried variety you used to eat. Losing weight doesn't have to be a complicated and painful process. It can be fun to try new foods and even more fun if you make these small changes with your family and friends. A healthier you means you'll have a better quality of life today and in the future.