When you start to think about nutrition, you typically think about making changes on what you are going to eat and drink. This is essential, but you shouldn’t ignore your mindset in your focus on the physical. Always remember that change can only happen once your thoughts, emotions, and actions are united. Without the right mindset, your efforts to maintain a healthy diet will probably start slipping as you feel the urge to fall back into old habits. In order to prevent that from happening, as well as making a healthy change easier, you have to work uniformly as hard on your mindset as you do with your physical.
Some of this will involve how you view food…
The first mindset is eating for pleasure. With this mindset, you judge the food based exclusively on how much pleasure it provides you at the moment. Unfortunately, the majority of the best tasting foods contains refined sugar that has been manufactured to taste agreeable even though these foods may lack the nutrients you need.
Remember that there is nothing wrong with eating food that tastes good. In reality, you will likely stick to your diet if you love how the food tastes. However, prioritizing taste over everything else may lead you to find it difficult to avoid those foods that are bad for you.
The second diet mindset is to eat for fuel. With this mindset, you judge the food that you will eat on how good you feel hours after eating it. Food that provides your body with energy and a lucid mind is healthier than food that makes you feel weary. One good example is to eat an orange, where you will not get instant results, but you will feel happy and energized for the following hours.
The third diet mindset is eating for health. You have to bear in mind that you are what you eat. On a yearly basis, your cells replace themselves. It is best to eat healthy foods so that you will gain a healthier and fit body.
All the diet mindsets have their own benefits and you should take them all into consideration. But, if you can combine them so you are eating tasty, healthy food to provide you the energy you need each day, then you will find your diet is more likely to succeed.
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