The Significance of Wholesome Meals: Weight loss plan vs. Life-style Change
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Diet or Lifestyle Change?
Viewing food as a quick fix for losing weight or shrinking pants can be detrimental to our mental health. It can make us feel depressed, anxious, obsessed, and crazy about food and body image, and it can damage our confidence. When obsessed with our weight, body image, and eating plan, we can find ourselves on a slippery slope of eating disorders, low self-esteem, a pursuit of perfectionism, body dissatisfaction, and depression.
Neither of us is perfect, and we will all find flaws in our physical appearance. However, once we accept our mistakes and learn to appreciate our mistakes, we begin to love our bodies, and when we love our bodies we enter a happier, clearer state of mind. How we see our bodies and how we nourish our bodies are critical aspects of our mental and emotional health that enable us to think and feel clearly.
Diets are passing fads
Diets are a passing fad: sometimes we decided to go on a diet for a week or six months. The goal of most diets is to lose weight in a short period of time. Whether it’s the keto diet, the Atkins diet, vegan diet, restrictive calorie diet, juice diets, or other fads, these are simply a temporary quick fix to a long, complicated problem. Over 85 percent of people regain their weight within a year, which means that most diets are unsuccessful and not good for our cognitive health.
There is nothing wrong with losing weight and trying (within certain standards), but that mindset should be a conscious lifestyle change that involves adjusting our eating habits and habits and learning to positively move our bodies through exercise . This process takes time to get used to, months to even years, but if done properly and consciously it can become a life-changing adjustment.
We should strive to take care of our bodies in the long term by adopting new eating habits that not only appeal to our bodies, but also help us clear our minds. Eating healthy is a lifestyle change and a commitment, not a short term diet. Healthy lifestyle changes can not only improve our physical health, but can also improve our emotional and mental health. Eating right can defog our brains.
Our problematic relationship with food
We are all at least a little aware of what we put into our body and how our body reacts to everything we eat. We look at ourselves in the mirror every day and react to our appearance and physique, whether good or bad. Some of us value our bodies but are always trying to shed those last five pounds. Some of us hate our bodies. Some of us are always in a constant hamster wheel of various diets to tone up or fit into a smaller pant size. Some of us want to get stronger and more athletic. And the smallest minority of us are perfectly happy with the way our bodies look and feel. Food is there to nourish our bodies, but unfortunately many of us have problems with our relationship with food.
We eat too much, we skip meals, we eat binge eating, we only eat snacks, we indulge in fatty foods, we avoid carbohydrates and sugar, we stop eating, we only eat fruit and vegetables, or we swap food for juice diets . We are all guilty of using food to fill an emotional void, to give us a crutch to feel good about, but these are all temporary patches.
Eating should be fun, bring people together, make us happy, sometimes comfort us and always nourish our body and mind. Our brains and bodies need an abundance of nutrients to function. We need carbohydrates and proteins to feed our brains so we can think and do necessary work tasks. We need food to be able to move our body. The bottom line is that we need food to survive.
When we starve our body, we starve our mind
Unfortunately, our society has made eating a lightning-fast, unhealthy way of energizing our bodies, or a crutch to help us deal with stress and negative emotions. A quick bowl of cereal bowl for breakfast (if we’re lucky), take out for lunch, and drive-through fast food for dinner on the way home from work is becoming the social norm as we nourish our bodies on a daily basis. Almost gone are family members and friends who sit at the dining table after cooking a delicious meal and tell stories about their day. No wonder we are tired and moody and experience brain fog. No wonder we underestimate our body. We injure our digestive tract, destroy our bodies, and starve our brains, all because of our attitude towards food.