The simplest things are often the hardest to do, and eating is one of them. Food is everywhere in our lives— from our easily accessible pantries to fast food advertisements in all directions. It’s always tempting to purchase that great deal catching our attention. People repeatedly strive to eat right, but find themselves easily caving to advertisements that appeal to our cravings.
It’s not hopeless though. A diet isn’t just a fantasy that people on infomercials talk about, and it is possible to overcome bad eating habits. A lot of mental organization is required, however. That’s how cravings are beatable. All you need is to be in the right mindset, and with a little time, you can adhere to the dietary plan you set for yourself. The first step is to be willing to push away from it all with some resolve, and say to yourself, “I will stick to it!”
You can’t possibly know every little nutrition factoid and trick of the trade out there, and other knowledge of eating well comes only with experience. But something to be considered: millions of people visit convenience stores when they already have a kitchen full of wholesome food at home.
When you grocery shop, look down aisles for snacks low in sugars and sodium which you can easily store in your cabinet. Also aim for as little trash as possible, because the fresher the better. Keeping these on hand will keep you from the drive-through, and by eating those small snacks in addition to constantly drinking water, you won’t seek out food that deviates from your diet.
Your body is a custom mold, and so it needs something specially fit to your body. Calories shouldn’t matter as much as serving size should. Though you want foods to be as nutritionally dense as possible, you still need enough substantial food to feel full. In order for you to control your own portion sizes, use your fists, and not your head. AKA, literally use your fist to judge a serving size. It’ll moderate how much you eat so as not to over-expand your stomach.
By sticking to your diet plan and mentally organizing yourself to avoid where your cravings take you, you eliminate surprise changes in your system. You know how your body will react to one food or another on a day to day basis. By being in the know, you allow yourself to be free from any unwanted reactions. Remember, the goal of dieting is never solely to lose weight or look as sexy as possible. What you eat dictates how you feel throughout the day, and what you put in is what you get out. Dieting should be about choosing the foods that let your body perform as its best version of itself.