How Does Attitude Affect Diet?

How Does Attitude Affect Diet?
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Attitude is going to dictate how we proceed with everything we do in life. It is the starting point of all how we look at our food choices.

If our attitude is right and cooperative with the idea of improving our diet, then our efforts can progress through the process of learning and making the correct adjustments to our dietary choices and exercise plans.

We have all heard that you cannot let others influence you; but that is impossible, or at the very least impractical, because everyone that we come into contact with, is going to have some effect on you.

Even when it is minimal, the thought can grow if we do not have mechanisms in place to deal with unpopular ideas.

So many times in life we are presented with options not aligned with the goals we set.

An excellent example of this is after deciding to change your eating habits; then your friends, co-workers, and even your employer will offer you food that is not on your plan. What to do?

When it is from your Employer, that makes it a little touchy, because you have to make sure not to offend the bosses. But if you have the right attitude and calmly explain your situation most of the time people will understand.

How Does Your Attitude Affect Your Diet?

Approaching any major shift or changes in lifestyle; a person must be determined to accomplish these changes.

Take careful inventory of their strengths and weaknesses; especially when it comes to food choices, and also identify the people who will support them with their flaws.

Maintaining items that fall under your strengths should not be an issue, but we can all use some support from others at times.

Positive attitudes are going to affect your diet choices. There is plenty of psychologists that tell us, it is mind over matter, and all we have to do is change our mindset towards eating. Then that will cause our eating habits to adapt to a healthier lifestyle.

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Adapting is not that easy to do; if it were then everyone would be doing it! Making these lifestyle changes can be fun and open your world up to some new things if you keep the right attitude about it.

Your support system is significant to your success, and this is the advice from many experts in the psychological field regarding this. I think most people prefer to turn to a friend for their opinion because it is more comfortable for them.

Another way to get support is by researching some online resources and building a library of information for your reference. This support can give you a sense of balance and take some attention of the individual advice.

How Does Great Nutrition Affect Your Body?

The list of benefits to getting the right amounts of nutrition in your diet can be very long. What are the most important reasons for you?

Weight loss is on the top of most people’s list whether it is for a specific health reason or just wanting to get the last few vanity pounds.

Losing weight could be to obtain a certain physical look, fit into a favorite outfit, or compete in some event, the reason is going to be different to each of us.

No matter what the reason; achieving your ideal body weight is what the medical community advises.

The advice comes from all the research, identifying the correlations with specific diseases and the weight (BMI) of the patients.

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You are getting the added benefit of reducing the risk of diseases like Cancer, Heart Attacks, Strokes, High Blood pressure, Diabetes, etc. Also, it has been proven to help the children of people who maintain a healthy diet.

Strengthening the bones and teeth, which will help reduce the risk of bone-related diseases later in life.

Stronger bones come from the proper amount of minerals like calcium and magnesium which can be received from foods directly or by good supplements that have good absorption characteristics.

How Good Nutrition Affects Your Mood and Emotions

We have studies from 2016 which show a connection between a diet with a high glycemic load causing more symptoms of depression and fatigue.

Recently experienced this personally and the only way that I realized what was happening to me, was a drastic change in my behavior.

In July of this year, Diabetes walloped me, while it was self-inflicted and due to my own poor diet choices!

Before July my work schedule was crazy, and I was working all the time averaging 60 to 70 hours per week!

Busy Schedule and Stress

My Schedule is something that had to change, and thankfully a position came up that allowed me to reduce my workload to just a regular 40-hour week. Fantastic experience for someone who has been working crazy hours for over 30 years!

The benefits to my mood and general emotional state were pretty dramatic; people close to me asked what happened to me? They made comments about how relaxed and calm my demeanor was.

After a three-week break from work and a complete change in the way, I looked at food. That change was possible with the help of some excellent resources from my Doctors and Nurses and listening to the advice, it was like hearing it for the first time!

The effect my overall outlook has been amazing, I have not been a negative person for many years now, so that is not what I am talking about here… I am talking about how you feel on the inside; when it is much better, that infinitely affects what others see in you.

How Does Negative Thinking Affect Your Life?

Behaviors stem from our thoughts; something easily overlooked in our busy lifestyles. If we allow negative thoughts to get into our self-talk or subconscious and fester it will lead to behaviors that we probably do not want.

For example, if you are always telling yourself that you are no good, fail at everything you do, are not smart, nobody likes me, etc. what is going to come from these thoughts is bad behaviors that reinforce the unwanted feelings, causing the cycle to continue.

If you pull someone who is always detrimental to the side and ask them if that is what they want; most will tell you no if they are honest with themselves.

There are a few times in life that we run across someone who wants to be negative, and when you do, the best way to deal with them is to avoid them as much as possible. You cannot help anyone who does not want to be improved!

Unless you have some ties that keep you connected to these types of people; it is best not to expose yourself, and if there is no alternative balance the experience with something that is positive and agrees with the goals that you have set.

ThThe key is to do it on purpose, know what you are doing, and the only way to do that is to identify thoughts that are both opposed to your goals and the ones that support your goals. Then half the battle is won!!

Your actions then will be to align yourself with people that are going to help you attain your goals, and you will be able to help them too.

How Does Exercise Affect Your Attitude?

Exercise is something that I have been struggling with getting a good routine down; that is doable and has a purpose in mind. Your attitude is going to have the most significant impact on whether you continue with any exercise program that you start.

You are relating your attitude towards your exercise in a way that will support what you want to accomplish with the exercise program. One thing that is important to mention here is that exercise has benefits to our mental state of mind.

Being stressed out and not remembering to focus on using exercise, like going for a walk, or getting on an elliptical machine and listening to some uplifting music.

Exercise with someone

These activities can cause the body to produce more endorphins, which is proven to help relieve stress symptoms and make us happier. Exercise is something that I have not done in the past and plan to focus on in the next phase of my journey.rney.

Keeping your mind open to new ideas and ways to challenge yourself is going to be crucial to continuing with any workout program. We need to be willing to adjust our routines; keeping our attitudes right, is the key to be able to do that.

This post focuses on starting an exercise program; first in thinking about it in mind and the things people face while doing that activity.

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22 thoughts on “How Does Attitude Affect Diet?

  1. Hey, great article! I have been watching what I eat and exercising but I think the best part of being healthy is the way a view myself. I feel better about my self and I can tell it affects my family and work. Attitude is everything. My yoga practice keeps me grounded and sustains my healthy outlook. Thanks for the info.

    1. Thank you John for your comments, yoga is something that I have been wanting to do for a long time but have not devoted the time to get started. May need to consider starting to add some easy poses to my routine.

  2. This was an interesting read. I agree that attitude does affect diet. It’s is important to try to develop a positive attitude, no matter the situation. It’s so easy to get distracted by the activities in our daily lives, both at home and work. We interact with people of various personalities and sometimes it’s challenging. These interactions may either have a negative or positive impact on our lives and goals.

    Generally, positive thinking, exercise and good nutrition does decrease stress level and improve your mood and general outlook at life. 

    In starting an exercise program, definitely a positive attitude is necessary to increase the chances of success.

    Great post.

  3. Attitude is the basis of everything in life. Dieting is very hard when having bad habits of feeding. Some times we have good attitude, clear goals, but the ones that are near try to influence in a bad manner, we have to be as far as possible of those negative people and find people to support our goals. Thank you for remind us the importance of having good attitude 🙂

    1. You right about it being the basis of everything in life; very well put, glad you got something out of the article. 

  4. “Reality is what our thoughts make it”- Marcus Aurelio. Attitude is can affect every single aspect of our life. That is why it is so important to have a positive attitude and surround ourselves with energetic, successful and more importantly, happy people and people that can help you when you need it the most.

    Thanks for your article!

  5. Hi Chad,

    I loved reading your article because I can relate to a lot of what you are saying.I struggle with a good diet as well as exercise. But, it is a fact good wholesome food makes us feel better. When I quit eating all the processed food, and eat a week of fruits,avocados,fresh vegetables and grass fed beef, I feel the difference! Like you say you are in such a better mood, it is wonderful. 

    It is hard to avoid the pizza, and steak sandwiches, and doughnuts for sure! I keep on trying!

    And then how do we keep motivated to exercise? I walk a few times a week, and use my total gym once a week, but I know I need to do more! I have been fortunate to avoid high sugar, and I am thankful for that, but I know the dangers of belly fat and the need to keep the weight down. And exercise is not optional anymore!

    I feel a bit more motivated by your article, and will stop back to read this often. Good Stuff!

    Thanks Chad,

    Chas

    1. Thank you for the honesty in your comments; it is good to hear when others are struggling with them same things as you are. 

      A big part of the reason for looking at this topic more closely is to identify areas that we can improve and find the inner strength to keep up with what we know we should be doing! 

      Sometimes the cravings for the carbs still causes problems for me too, after all it has not been that long since July, but I have to remind myself the pain that diet caused me! 

  6. Hi Chad,

    You are so right, attitude most definitely affects your diet.  When we’re depressed or sad, we tend to grab comfort foods like breads and pastas…carb heavy stuff that puts on pounds faster than it cheers you up!  Your mindset is the core of everything you do and are.  If you are negative, you will put out negative vibes and get negative results in return.  If you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right!  Thanks for sharing this reminder to stay strong and positive!  Do you have any advice on how to give ourselves an attitude adjustment when needed?

    1. Thank you Kris for your comments and opinion. Advice for people in general is hard to do, what I am always trying to do with people that I see daily is to encourage them to look for the positive and try to find the solution to the problem at hand. It is better to be part of the solution than part of the problem!  

  7. Thanks for this thoughtful report. I too think all starts with the right attitude. It not only starts, but the attitude determines if we can make something a success or not.

    I believe starting a healthy diet with the attitude to better ones live and believing in what on is starting from now will have a chain reaction in the positive direction.

    We start with a positive attitude, clean our body, get fitter, get rewards of the efforts, get even fitter and everything in life get’s easier. 

    1. Nicely put Stefan, ones attitude definitely applies in all areas of life not just with diet and exercise. I also agree that your health must be good enough to allow you to do the things that you want to do and to be able to help others get their items done as well.

  8. Attitude can affect diet? This is a totally different perspective that I seen so far. I never knew that I can have an impact on us. This article clearly explains how it does it and why it does it. This is really interesting. 

    Thank you for writing this article and sharing it with us.

    1. Glad you found the information useful was inspired by a conversation with a dietitian acquaintance at my kids soccer game yesterday and it is good to know people find it useful.  

  9. I like your article it help people realize what’s wrong. What if someone always work and work late that they don’t have time to excise? How can fix that the problem? Excise is always important to keep your health improve and reduce the risk of developing several diseases.

    I enjoying your article about attitude 🙂

    1. Thanks for your comment and you are right busy schedules are one of the most difficult hurdles to get across when planning your exercise routine, and throw in being a parent and sometimes it is hard to find the time. Solutions to these issues are hard to find sometimes but if you commit an early morning routine and keep it short that should be a little easier to get it done.  

  10. Great article. I think both positive and negative attitudes tend to snowball. If you have a positive attitude you eat better and therefore feel better which encourages you to exercise which tends to reinforce your positive. The opposite is also true. A negative attitude will lend itself to making poor food choices which leave you lethargic which discourages physical activity which causes weight gain with reinforces the negative attitude. 

    1. Great point that it can go in either direction and it is up to the person to decide which direction they want to go. Appreciate the comment and hope that you are staying on the positive influence.

  11. Attitude is so important in anything you do.  I love how your article exposes many different attitudes and how thwey affect everything about the diet.

    I am in belief that with a good attitude you can actually accomplish anything.  Its also very important to hang out with others who sport good attitudes.

    This is a great article that anyone dieting or thinking of dieting should read.

    Dale

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