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Overeating: Part II

Fibro Daily March 22, 2016

In part one of this piece, we talked about how overeating causes weight gain and problems in fibromylagia.How-to-Avoid-Overeating-For-Athletes

Now I’d like to look at how to get started on a healthy eating plan if this is of interest to you.

Before We Begin

At the end of this post, you will find links to websites that help you gain control of your eating while still being able to enjoy food in a controlled manner. Some of them feature recipes.

Also, keep this in mind: Eating healthy doesn’t mean you will never again eat french fries or enjoy a slice of pie. There will be times in life that you do but hopefully, this post helps you gain a better understanding of how to enjoy such splurges while maintaining control of your health and learning about new resources.

Keep in mind that I’m not a doctor. You need to consult your doctor when you want to lose weight or make dietary changes. My suggestion is for you to review the advice in this article and the web sites below with him or her.

Determining the Right Meal Plan

Though I’m not a nutritionist or medical professional, I’ve discovered that it’s easier for me to maintain my own weight and health by thinking of healthy eating as something other than only eating food I hate.

Furthermore, I don’t ban foods. I might indulge in a small treat or save up for special occasions. In the meantime, I make sure my daily intake consists of food I enjoy such as sweet potato fries, healthy pasta, oatmeal with brown sugar, fresh berries, or bell peppers stuffed with spicy black beans, topped with vegan cheese. Fresh spices and olive oil work wonders on many dishes. Eating like this not only provides nourishment but also allows me to look forward to eating. Therefore, I stick to a manageable meal plan.

If you hate what you eat, there’s no way you’re going to adhere to a healthy eating plan.

However…

Try New Things and Open Your Mind

You must be willing to step out of your comfort zone and try new foods! For many of you, that means eating more vegetables.joy-of-veggies

Trust me, I know some of you are wrinkling your noses in disgust…

Instead of just boiling veggies into mush, try broiling them in the oven. (For those outside the U.S., “broil” means using the grill option on the oven.) Or if weather and space permits, use an actual grill. Cover the veggie or veggies with olive oil, add sea salt and fresh pepper along with garlic. Add dill. Or rosemary. Get creative. Find out what tastes good if it’s grilled well-done or barely browned.

Veggies that are prepared via any method—or even served raw— can be eaten in many cuisines. Try them with Greek, French, Indian, American Southern Coastal foods, or Thai recipes — and paired with foods like chicken, lean meat, noodles, rice, or even grape leaves. Veggies can be main courses or side dishes.

Expand your palate and shrink your serving sizes!

Savor the Flavors

Try not to rush when eating. If at home, use the good china. What are you saving it for? It’s meant to be used and appreciated.

Taking the time to savor your food, and creating a sensual ambiance, helps you eat slowly. Eating slowly helps you realize when you’re full. That awareness helps lessen the likelihood that you’ll overeat.

Check Out These Resources

The following links offer an array of eating options and even help. Try them out!

  • The Happy Herbivore: Not Losing Weight on a Plant-Based (Vegan) Diet? Here’s Why (How to Lose Weight) plus Meal Plans and Recipes
  • Paleomazing!
  • Food Network: Gluten-Free Recipes
  • Overeaters Anonymous
  • Web MD: Lose Weight Fast: How to Do It Safely

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