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"Best Diet Food Plans" By James D Conway, from Ezine articles
The most important aspect of the perfect diet plan is this: WE MUST CHANGE OUR THINKING WITH REGARDS TO FOOD! Unless we do this, we are doomed to failure, no matter how much fat we burn, how many calories we take off, etc. It is within our own minds that our weight loss begins. Understand, I am NOT a psychologist, but a couple of things have occurred to me regarding overweight people:
1) People eat too much in this country. I know, this is obvious, right? We are bombarded with advertising messages all day & night from junk food companies, outlets, etc. Eventually, I believe, some of this "bad programming" makes it's way into our subconscious minds, and we eat
2) Our eating is oftentimes triggered by our emotions. People eat when they're lonely, when they're depressed, when they're angry. We must gain a measure of self control, over our thought and feelings about food, if we are to have success in weight loss.
It takes a fair amount of mental and emotional discipline to overcome these urges, these feelings, these subliminal assaults on our good sense. For example the word "diet" generally brings up negative connotations: "Oh, you're on a diet." In fact, the word "diet" simply means what we eat. So, we could be on a fried chicken diet, or a donut diet and probably be assured of NOT losing weight.
Wallace Wattles, the visionary Law of Attraction theorist, wrote, in his "The Science of Being Well" about what, when, and, more importantly, HOW to eat. He also makes a very important distinction between hunger & appetite: if we ate ONLY when we were hungry, we would generally have no worries. However, it is our appetites that get the better of us, and we tend to eat at other times, when hunger is not the driving force, but emotions. "I feel like a snack." And, at these "other times," is when we go for the junk food: that piece of chocolate cake at midnight, for example.
Consider this: Wattles speculates, and I tend to agree, that we eat too fast, and that many of our ills result from that fact. If we just slowed down and chewed our food well, our bodies would "assimilate" the food & its nutrients more efficiently. Sounds like a perfectly good argument to me. Here's what Wattles recommends: "Do not fix your attention on the act of chewing; fix it on the TASTE of the food; and taste and enjoy it until it is reduced to a liquid state and passes down your throat by involuntary swallowing...keep your mind centered on the taste of what you have in your mouth..." (1) This was written nearly a century ago - What profound advice!
Of course, our food choices are the most important thing in determining our weight. We must choose the healthy stuff, and get rid of the bad stuff. An understatement if ever there was one. Put down the donuts, fried foods, cakes, candy etc. These are loaded with fat and sugar. We must make healthier choices! The three ingredients of calories are: protein, fat & carbs. The foods we choose to eat should have a healthy dose of each of these ingredients. Examples of good protein foods are:
- Eggs (egg whites)
Fats are also "good" and "bad" - we want to avoid "trans" (bad) fats at all costs! You guessed it, the good tasting stuff that we love to eat are loaded with trans fats. Cheeseburgers, chips, donuts, cake, ice cream, etc. They have to go! Examples of "good" fats include:
- Fish oil supplements
- Nuts and seeds
- Olive oil
- Flax seed oil
Carbs (carbohydrates) is the most confusing of the three categories; again, there are "good" -vs- "bad" carbs. The general rule of thumb is to avoid things like potatoes, white bread, white rice, most commercial cereals, etc., and stick with the following:
- 100% whole wheat bread
- Whole wheat pasta
- Brown rice
- Sweet potatoes
This is just a basic outline of the perfect "diet," if there is such a thing. Any doctor worth his/her salt (pun intended) will tell you a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is a healthy one. That is a no-brainer. What about that sweet tooth? I have one. Well, how about some fresh fruit? Love chocolate? Who doesn"t? Why not take some strawberries and dip them in the chocolate? At least you'll get the benefits of the berries. Again, these are just recommendations. For further information, I suggest you check out the following: http://bestdietfoodplans.com/articles/6-2/.
(1) From Wallace D. Wattles, "The Science of Being Well" Chapter 11, p. 2
Jim Conway is a former truck driver and weight loss "enthusiast." He is NOT a nutritionist, psychologist or otherwise professionally licensed in these fields. For more information, go to this website: http://bestdietfoodplans.com/articles/6-2/.
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