8 Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Eat

wellness

[wel-nis]

noun

1. the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort.

2. an approach to healthcare that emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging life, as opposed to emphasizing treating diseases.

I absolutely love the definition of wellness. It encompasses everything this blog is about. Let’s review some key words. Quality – body – mind – deliberate effort – preventing – prolonging.…What we put into our bodies matters. It matters A LOT. Next time you’re ready to put something in your mouth, I want you to ask yourself these questions:

  1. Does this food come from a box, package, or container?
  2. Is this food colorful, natural, come from the ground, animal, or plant?
  3. How will I feel physically after I eat this?
  4. Am I feeding an emotion, or am I truly hungry?
  5. Will this food help create sharper thinking, focus, and mental clarity?
  6. Did I take the time to think about the quality of this food, prepare it myself, and eat it consciously?
  7. Will this food prevent diseases like obesity, heart attack, stroke, cancer, diabetes, etc.?
  8. Does this food give my body the nutrients it needs to function now and for years to come?

If you answered no to any of these questions, there’s room for improvement. I don’t know of one person who couldn’t improve their eating habits. It’s not easy when you’re use to eating certain foods, but cutting down on the processed food will help your body recover and function at optimal levels. Making positive changes with your health also improves your mental state of mind, gives you greater self-esteem, and incentive to keep taking steps to achieving maximum wellness. 

 

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Weight Loss Begins With Your Mind

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 I use to read every weight loss book that hit the shelves. Now I literally get sick to my stomach when I see a new weight loss book at the store. Stay tuned for that explanation. I lost count of all the “diets” I’ve been on. I tried many DVDs, believing that “this one” was the magic bullet. I bought the exercise equipment (to hang my clothes from.) I paid for yearly fitness club memberships that I never used.

Where did all of this mental and physical effort get me?

A little place called “NOWHERE!” Correction…..it gave me a hefty dose of frustration and feeling hopeless. Not a good combination.

So what’s the answer to losing weight and keeping it off?

I actually do know the answer to that question, and I’m pretty sure you do too. Unfortunately, knowing and doing are two separate things.

Losing weight doesn’t begin with your body. It begins with your mindset. It’s understanding that when we emotionally eat, we’re not mindfully eating. We eat comfort/junk/convenient/fast food to satisfy an emotion nine times out of ten. We’re not in control of our eating habits, our emotions are. I’m overweight because I’ve fed my emotions for many years. There’s a big problem with that……emotions are never satiated. They just gain momentum as the body and mind spin out of control. Before you know what you’re even doing, Ben & Jerry just had a party in your mouth to the tune of “the whole carton.”

Losing weight is difficult. I’m terrified to start this journey AGAIN, but I must start. I don’t want to look back on my life and wish I had tried harder, worked smarter, or had conquered my daily challenges. Life’s full of regrets. I don’t want to add to that list by choosing to ignore my emotional eating. I want to lose the weight once and for all. Most of all, I want to be healthy.

I hope you’ll consider joining me on this journey. It’s so much better when you have one another for support and encouragement.

Are you in?!

Tanya Renee