Eating Bad, Feeling Bad

When attempting to change behaviors, too often individuals focus solely on the scale as the indicator of success rather than noticing changes in energy levels, sleep patters, food cravings, food preoccupation, lipid profiles, blood pressure and body composition (to only name a few). The difference is shifting focus to health rather than the number on the scale. I stress often how important it is to “eat to feel good” rather than eating to lose weight. If you are focused only on losing weight, you will never get there. If you focus on health, the weight will take care of itself. I particularly like that this new attitude will allow you to enjoy food and the way it nourishes you as opposed to being afraid of food and the weight gain it may or may not cause.

I received an amazing compliment from a past guest recently. In essence she said “I have focused on how to be skinny, but you have taught me how to be healthy”. Because it is my intention to focus on health rather than size, I appreciated that comment. When health becomes the priority, you will be hooked. You will notice how amazing you feel and will never want to go back to feeling unhealthy again.
When I came across this article:
I knew I needed to share it. While there is no clear explanation, people who eat unhealthy are at a greater risk for depression. You have heard the expression “What you put in is what you get out” or “you reap what you sow”. This applies to nutrition. You can’t expect to feel great if you aren’t treating yourself great. Put healthy food in your body and you will feel healthy.
Emily Fonnesbeck RD,CD