This article will cover how changes to a person’s diet can affect their life in both negative and positive ways.
Things can happen in life that are not intended but have Huge impacts to our lives.
Even with the extra focus that people are putting on their dietary choices, it is very easy to miss the mark and make poor food decisions, which can develop into bad habits.
Consistently choosing fast food or the easy to prepare processed foods, will lead to undesirable health consequences.
Young people do not think about health issues very much (they think they are indestructible). For many years I felt the same way, especially when it comes to food!
Just today, while in a conversation with some young men in their twenties, listening to their stories of going on a Restaurant tour trip, eating meal after meal… just to see which taste better.
This trip was to five different Restaurants in the same afternoon! Each eating a hamburger loaded with all the fixings, at each Restaurant.
That is just crazy! Leaves you baffled when you think about how many calories that is… I have always liked to eat, but have never even thought of doing something like that.
Change Your Diet – Change Your Life!
The conversation started because of a comment about changing your diet and how difficult it is to do.
Describing cutting sugar out of your diet, and how difficult that is; is a message that could really benefit these young men, it might help them want to make some changes, (on how they look at food) before it starts to impact their health.
The fact that I am much older than them and just in the last five years have been getting serious about my own health issues, is something that I must remind myself of.
It is all about your perception of how you are looking at these issues, because to some level, I have been thinking about health issues and taking supplements for because of this for years.
The reason was mostly for an insurance policy against unwanted health problems, I figured that it wouldn’t hurt.
Now the major focus is switching to eating a better diet and looking at food differently. It is more important to choose food for the nutritional value first, then try to make it taste better!
That is so much different from just thinking about how to make something taste better!
Living in the South all my life, we just naturally try to make all of our food the best tasting. Does not matter if it is barbecue, steaks, chicken or any kind of meat for that matter.
Then you must make all the side dishes and desserts to go with it! Now it is time to re-think this philosophy and blend the healthy foods into a lifestyle that promotes people eating healthy and still enjoying cooking out.
Best Way to Start a Healthy Lifestyle.
The only way that I know how to make a change is to just jump in with both feet!
That is not something that I would recommend for people, but it is normally how I approach things.
Six months ago, this is what happen when my health took a turn for the worse and was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Honestly, had it not been for the pain that was coming from the inflammation, I would not have made such a drastic change.
My mindset was that “I was doing what the Doctors told me to do” but the truth was, that I was not doing enough.
Sometimes we need things to happen, to force us to make the decision to make a change.
It only takes a moment to make a change, a person just needs to make up their mind and do it!
Many people talk themselves out of it, or make it seem harder than it needs to be.
In my case, I let little things become bigger than they really were. Example is eating the things that are provided from my employers at company functions such as training classes.
It bothered me because of thinking they would take it as an insult, not accepting their hospitality.
This is where attitude is everything! If you just explain your situation, most people are more supportive. In many cases they will ask if there is something else, they can get for you…
Since making up my mind to not eat anymore food that is not on my diet plan, there have not been any issues from other people.
The pressure is something that I was putting on myself, while the temptation to eat the “BAD” foods is still there.
It is getting much easier as time goes by… it does not go away and you must prepare yourself for the battle!
Simple Healthy Meals Lifestyle.
One of the best things that have come from all the changes in diet, is just getting back to the basics.
There is so much information on diets and different things that you can try. After reading so many books on diets and eating healthy, it is difficult to keep things straight.
Common sense plays a major role in bringing things into their proper perspective. There are medical circumstances that will affect how food will interact with your body.
In the long run you must reduce the amount of food you eat to lose weight, then eating the right combinations of healthy foods will help you to have the energy to face your day.
How every person wants to approach their diet, is up to them and nobody else is going to know what works best for them.
All you can hope for is to share experiences and get some ideas on what may work for you.
Looking back at what has taken place, there many ideas coming to me through interacting with people’s many comments and suggestions.
The best come from people talking about healthy meals and making it a lifestyle choice.
Taste buds are going to change and will allow you to eat things that would not have considered before.
But the most important thing is to get back to the basics, plan your meals the day before and stick to your plan.
Healthy Lifestyle Facts for Kids.
One of the side benefits to making these changes is the effect it will have on your young children.
My daughter is always asking questions and critiquing my diet. It is funny… but she is learning and making changes to what she is request for herself.
She is eating trying to gain weight, while I am eating to lose weight, but she is learning what it takes to do both.
Taking time to explain each aspect of the dietary choice, helps me to think about what I am doing. While coaching her on the choices she is making!
This keeps me on my toes and helps to keep me honest with myself on what I’m eating. Wish the kids would pay attention to cleaning their room like the way they watch me! lol
Glad they are watching, sometimes we forget how much influence we have on our children. What they see us doing is what they are going to remember.
Actions are louder than words!
Changing your diet is not an easy thing to do when you are cutting sugar out.
People can easily become addicted to the sugar and have bad withdrawal side effects.
After a month or two it does get easier and your start to feel better! That is something that you must keep reminding yourself.
Everything worthwhile in life is going to require some effort, making the choice to change your diet will change your life!
Whether the change is good or bad will depend on what your choices are.
Make the right choice and decide to focus on simple healthy meals!
Thanks for taking the time to read this article, hope that it helps to make a healthier choice.