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Gain Control of Overeating
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August 2011 Healthy Bliss

The Secret to Health

Body Mind Health


'The secret of health for both mind and body is

not to mourn for the past,

not to worry about the future,

or not to anticipate troubles,

but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.' 
 
-Buddha


Gain Control of Overeating

"Eat Food.  Mostly Plants.  Not too much."
-Michael Pollan

Control Your OvereatingIt's easy to get into the habit of overeating, especially in a busy world full of instant accessibility to food.  Everyone has a different weak point when it comes to overeating.  Over time, overeating can lead to weight gain and also trigger feelings of guilt and remorse, certainly not healthy energies for healing!

I recently read a book about this very topic called 'The End of Overeating' by David Kessler.  A lot of the book outlines how the food industry creates foods which are addictive by nature,  then puts them into packaging with alluring and tempting labels and markets them with intentional advertising geared at selling 'happiness' and 'fun' through the consumption of their food.  It's definitely all about making profit, and innocent consumer is the victim for sure.
 
The interesting part of the book is when the author speaks about how to stop the habit of overeating.  Below is a summary of his key points to remember.


Stop Emotional Eating

No happy no eat!It can be easy to turn to food when emotional tensions are running high.  Our conditioned response to stress is to eat.  Next time you are faced with this situation, ask yourself, 'Will eating truly help me deal with this feeling?'  Be prepared with a plan for something else to do besides eat.  Call a friend, goo for a walk or practice some stress reduction exercises.  

Have a list of alternative responses ready, so that when strong emotions kick in and steer you towards food, you can quickly choose to do something different.

Deal with Temptation

If your guard is down at the first sign if an urge, it can be tempting to respond.  That lapse opens the door to an internal dialogue in which you begin to justify giving in to the temptation.  A bad day at work, a child's misbehaving, even a disappointing step on the scale can become your justification.

Healthy ChoiceSoon you're inventing excuses for pursuing reward.  'I'm entitled to this....It will cheer me up....I've been good this week....I can eat just a little.'  Eventually, your determination to say no buckles.

Accept the reality that you will be challenged with these moments.  It's not about being strong enough to beat the temptation of eating stimulating food, but about being smart enough to deal with it.

Visualize the Right Choices

Healthy is Bliss!Visualize yourself deciding not to reach for bread when it is passed around the table.  Imagine choosing all healthy foods when you shop.  See yourself creating wonderful salads and delicious satisfying meals that are serving your body and your health.  

Elite athletes spend hours anticipating every move of their performance in advance.  When the moment comes, they are completely focused on the routine that had been practiced over and over again in their mind.

Mental rehearsal helps solidify your commitment to controlled eating by helping you focus your intentions and maintain control over your thoughts.

 
-From the Book 'The End of Overeating' by David Kessler

As you practice these steps, over time you will start to see for yourself that you can indeed break the habit of overeating and make room for a new healthy, balanced way of living.

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Featured Raw Food Recipe 

'Spaghetti' Zucchini with Rosemary, Chili and Garlic


-  2 large green zucchini

-  1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped

-  1 garlic clove, peeled and chopped

-  1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil or flax seed oil

-  1 tsp. chili flakes and/or dash cayenne pepper

-  2 tsp. lemon juice, freshly squeezed

-  2 roma tomatoes, quartered (optional)



Peel the zucchini skin.  Shred into long strips using a raw food slicer tool.  In a small bowl, combine all dressing ingredients, whisk and then pour onto zucchini.  Add sea salt to taste. Can also add roma tomatoes.

This salad is so fast and easy, a great meal for lunch or to share with friends!


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Acai PowderAcai is an Amazonian berry and is pronounced  'Ah-sigh-ee.'  The reason why it's a Superfood is because Acai is very high in anti-oxidants.  Anti-oxidants help to break down free-radical damage in the body.  

Stress, poor air quality, frequent travel on planes, toxicity in foods, chemicals in body products and alcohol and drugs can all increase free radicals in the body.  Over time, these free radicals can lower the immune system and make it more difficult for the body to fight disease.  

Adding high anti-oxidant superfoods to the diet can help to strengthen immune system, decrease signs of aging, prevent disease and even improve liver function.  It's a small investment to make with a high return: your health!   People with cancer especially should be eating foods like Acai Powder.  You can add it to your green smoothie daily.


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