How to eat and live healthier: common errors and tools for succeeding

We’ve all been down this road in this situation where your friends go out to eat either Putin or a pizza downtown and where we felt this social pressure to join them. Or whenever we feel down, we could eat some pan-fried chicken to make us feel better. As good as a temporary relief for all of us even for me as of today, my objectives for this article is to value what can help you achieve healthy habits and each tool to this extent. Starting with the common mistake when we start a diet such as changing a diet too quickly or ignoring our craving. Afterward, we will talk mostly about how to motivate your mind with autosuggestion or how «associative pain» affect your daily life.

Common errors into starting a diet and how to correct them

Drastic diet changes

Drastic changes can trigger mood swings, headaches, physical and psychological fatigue, irritability, digestive unsatisfaction as well as brain fog. As indicated in my article previously, eating not enough carbs or eating too few calories seems to be the standard issue in diets. Most patient out of Cynthia Sass diet clinic, who mostly work for weight loss, would suggest even adding an extra snack or fruit portion, even for the patient wanting to lose fat. Agreed, we do need to cut on some fat, but you’ll have to trust your body when it asks for food, self-satiety is better than missing on necessary nutrients.

Hunger after eating

Another is considering hungriness after 5 minutes or an hour to be normal. That is by far not healthy, and means have imbalanced nutrition. A quick fix, considered less for losing weight would be to eat lean proteins (organic eggs, poultry fish, beans and lentils) and good fat such as avocado, nuts, seeds, and virgin olive, it is much better than anything else you could eat for filling. Another good approach for diet could be to eat more volume with fewer calories. Increasing the amount of watery product consumed in a day like fruits and veggies rich in water and combining it with an airy product such as organic popcorn and puffed whole grain.

Cravings

Up next, we need to consider our craving for certain foods into the equation instead of putting our needs aside. Much like anything, if we envy eating specific elements and suddenly shut down those envies, we will have a good chance to fail. As said later on by the «associative pain», these cravings will influence you to disbalance your diet and returning to your old habit, sometimes even making it worst. Making small changes at a time can successfully eliminate those craving. Considering this and also your way of handling your lifestyle can also mean an extra effort to put up too.

Emotions eating

Lastly, emotions felt through the day can also influence you towards these cravings. Whether you feel scared, sadness, anger or any painful emotion, some good junk food could affect you to skip on this kind of diet. The best way to work out on our feelings is to let them go. There are several ways to help. Although those methods will not beat depression or other strong emotion against yourself, so I am going to give you a few other tips.

The Mind: Beating our instinct

Our instinct against situation will make you regress in a lot of positive aspect in life. Emotions felt out of these will cause you to revert at times. How would we be fighting back these issues? How could you disconnect and still succeed in changing your habit? For this, we will discover a few ways to improve our lifestyle through human behavioral and a better comprehension of the human brain but be warned these need more work than my other tips.

Associative pain: understanding short-term relief versus medium term satisfaction

Associative pain is a good perception of a harmful environmental behavior learned from a stimulus. This perception can be shown better by the recognized experiment the Pavlov dog experiment. For this experiment, a dog would hear a bell right before his food would be served. At first, the dog would only salivate when he saw his food. After a few times, although everytime the dog would hear a bell, he would associate the bell with his food serving. He then would salivate at hearing the bell sound. In short, this experiment tells us with an event or stimulus in our life; we could make us learn to change our behavior. In our own daily life, this means, us to associate junk food or our ice cream as a necessity to answer our stressful environment — hence the associative pain. That behavior is what we call short-term relief. Autosuggestion can help towards this by making you have mid-term goal instead of short relief.

Practicing Autosuggestion: Benefits and limitation of this techniques

Autosuggestion is a technique that forms the spirit itself to attain positivism towards our goal vigorously and strengthen our resolve. It is based on Emile Coue research in the year 1922 and has had a tremendous effect on people willing to make changes to their life. It focuses on our willpower coming from the subconscious mind. It requires a proper mindset to be used, as well as to have a specific goal with specific settings. It also has some degree of positivism. At first, you need to relieve your emotions, so you need to calm down your thought and let them focus on your agenda, on your objectives, and on a regular basis, tieing that to a positive emotion. Then, you need a reason or a goal. Mental imagery and meditation are suitable to help the process. A good mental imagery would be imagining a calf or beef slaughterhouse for vegetarian or surrounding yourself with appetizing recipe books as per example, in this process. Finally, the most important factor is also obviously wanting the changes to happens to your life. Without these factors all reunited, it only brings only temporary relief used alone, but together with other processes, it can become quite a vital motivation. Even bring you willing to go against social pressure.

The reason why I’ve talked about autosuggestion is because with a strong connection the change of behaviors such as having a strong view against massively produced junk food such as McDonald and other corporation, you could also change your mind towards your goal and make strong connection with these goals and can be part of a success towards it. Instead of «associative pain» we could use this to associate it to a better view.

All in all, I’ve considered every aspect of nutrition into account such as drastic changes into our meals, not listening to our stomach when hungry, feeling our cravings and finally how to manage our emotions, as well as a few guidelines as to how to control the mind for motivation. I haven’t considered into account physical training or other aspects that could change the successfulness of the dieting goal. Although all very noble, they remain the goal to be attained and should not be stressed into your own needs too quickly, we don’t want regression towards your goal. Make sure they keep steady and listen to yourself. From here, I would say, enjoy life more healthy and don’t punish yourself through these steps; enjoy it, and be glad of those significant changes.