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Follow Health, Not Hunger

Are you really hungry? Is your head or your stomach doing the talking? While some things may look really yummy to eat, they may not be the right decision for your body. Determining when you actually need to eat versus when you just want to eat requires you to train your body and your brain to cooperate.

As you eye that candy bar sitting on the counter, you suddenly think you are hungry. However, it just may be something you want to eat instead of what you need to eat. Put the candy bar down and step away from the counter. Taking the time to think about what you need to eat is an imperative step when making the right decisions regarding when and what to eat.

In order to lose or maintain your weight, you need to be conscientious about what you put in your body. Consume products that follow the food pyramid:

  • 6-11 servings from the Bread, Cereal, Rice and Pasta Group

  • 3-5 servings from the Vegetable Group

  • 2-4 servings from the Fruit Group

  • 2-3 servings from the Milk, Yogurt and Cheese Group

  • 2-3 servings from the Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, Eggs and Nuts Group

  • Sparingly use the Fats, Oils and Sweets Group

Go so far as to choose smartly within each of the above groups. Instead of having French fries, which fit in the Vegetable Group, have a baked potato. Using wise decisions will keep you in good health and keep you energized throughout the day.

When planning your day, consider what you will eat and when. Preparing your mind for the day ahead will encourage it to eat what your body needs. If you plan on having cereal and a banana for breakfast, a salad at lunch and baked chicken with vegetables at dinner, stick to that plan. If at some point you are hungry during the day, choose a smart snack like fruit or a granola bar.

Eating the healthy foods you plan is not too difficult. However, if you wait until you are starving hungry, then your carefully thought-out strategy will be to no avail. Eat intermittently through the day to keep your body satisfied. Take a recommendation to avoid the grocery store when you are hungry. Grabbing and consuming those tempting items is much easier on an empty stomach.

During meal time, sit at a table with your food in front of you. Turn off the television and other distractions that absorb your attention. When your mind is not focused on your food, you run the chance of missing the signs that your stomach is content. Eat slowly and enjoy it.

Choosing health over hunger comes as a challenge to most people. Find relief in the battle between what you want to do and what you should do by practicing good eating habits. Concentrating on what you should do and making it happen will give you a sense of accomplishment. Reaching your goal of leading a healthier lifestyle is possible with focus and determination.