Making small changes in the diet, can lead to big health results down the road (i.e. more energy, positive thinking, maintaining a healthy weight). Starting small can also help you develop a long-term foundation for sustainable, achievable change.
Ever wonder why it’s way too easy to polish off an entire (big!) bag of potato chips?
Processed foods have an intense combination of very specific ingredients: salt + fat + sugar. This particular triad, tells our brain we’ve hit the calorie jackpot. Eat until it’s gone! Stock up! You’ll have enough energy and nutrients to last for days!
In other words, the body wants the high calorie stuff. It will either put it to use it for immediate fuel, or store it as fat, for later. This is all part of our body’s natural survival mechanism —to help keep us alive during times of famine. Sugary foods represented safe foods, and our ancestors would naturally be attracted to eating them. Since they never knew when their next meal was coming, they would eat in abundance.
It’s not your fault that you feel helpless over the whole box of double chocolate chip cookies.
Fresh fruits, vegetables, animal protein, whole grains + legumes, are foods that truly nourish you. They help you feel satisfied because they packed full of nutrients: antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, water and fiber. The more real foods you add to your diet, the less likely you are to crave the fake, processed stuff.
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You’re also less likely to overeat because your body has been given premium fuel. The body knows the difference between what’s real, and what’s not. It will respond differently to fast food vs. real food.
Reducing the amounts of refined foods you eat, can be as easy as simply increasing the amounts of real foods you eat. Make it just that easy. Start by choosing something healthful for your next meal, and take it one step at a time.
It can be just as simple as that ♥