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Basic Motivation for a Healthy Diet

Learn to Avoid Actions with Consequences

-- By Joe Downie, Certified Physical Fitness Instructor
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Be creative when it comes to nutrition. If you eat chocolate every day, set a goal to eat it only 6 times a week. Slowly work your way down to a more manageable means. Along the way, set up systems that will help you achieve your goal. For example, the day you don’t eat chocolate, you’re probably going to have cravings. When you do, find something that helps you overcome those cravings. Maybe drink a fruit smoothie to combat the sugar craving or sit down and write out all the reasons why you want to stop eating chocolate. Find a way to help you build positive habits.

Make it fun! Get together with friends and family and figure out ways to help each other. We do this at work, school or for a social club, why shouldn’t we do it for our No. 1 priority – ourselves!

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Joe, an exercise enthusiast, is a certified physical fitness instructor and high school soccer coach.

Member Comments

  • great article - 12/31/2013 12:00:10 AM
  • I loved this article......grea
    t motivation! - 12/17/2013 5:49:13 PM
  • Chalk me up as another reader who sees no problem with dark chocolate in measured quantities. - 12/5/2013 1:31:51 PM
  • Awesome article by the way and i do go overboard with chocolate dark or otherwise. Has anyone tried the bars? - 12/5/2013 10:45:42 AM
  • Help me guys i have a serious situation with fried food and my doctor is not pleased with my weight: ( 50 lbs overweight helppp me - 12/5/2013 10:41:49 AM
  • CARLENLLOYD, I absolutely agree with you about the chocolate! I eat dark chocolate everyday and have been losing the weight. I build it into what I am going to eat. I always start with a rough draft of my nutrition plan and add and take away what I really do eat. I always stay within my calorie and nutritional needs. If I didn't have the dark chocolate I think it would be a lot harder for me! - 1/23/2013 3:08:06 PM
  • Great motivation today! - 1/20/2013 12:38:55 PM
  • Good Article. Thanks. However, a note about chocolate... Chocolate candy = bad. Fine dark chocolate made with real cocoa butter, cocoa solids, and just a pinch of sugar (and sometimes real vanilla) is very healthy and nutritious. Read the ingredients of your chocolate bar. If it has more than those ingredients (besides an emulsifier) be very wary.

    I eat about 1 ounce of fine chocolate throughout the day to stave off cravings for sugary items. It is like savoring a fine wine. A little piece goes a long way.

    Look for a fine chocolate shop. My favorite is COCOVA in DC. www.cocova.com.

    Cheers. - 12/6/2012 7:49:35 AM
  • This really hit home for me. I'm a drill sergeant when it comes to my hubby, making sure he takes all his meds, eats right, etc. Same even for our cats. But when it comes to me, no. Why is that? I'm thinking low self-esteem. So many of us think we're not worth it. Well, WE ARE! I'm printing this article and putting it up where I'll see it every single day.
    Thank You! - 12/6/2012 7:37:05 AM
  • Good article! - 10/6/2012 6:58:28 PM
  • Why on earth would I want to give up chocolate? If it fits into my caloric goals, it's gonna happen. - 7/10/2012 2:05:18 PM
  • LOVEXAVIE
    Loved this! Thanks! - 7/10/2012 10:41:56 AM
  • Not sure if I agree with the one a few down from this. YES, fructose is still sugar but fruit CAN help you not eat a ton of junk, it adds up in calories slower, the fiber helps you digest fruit sugars differently.
    I try hard to limit my fruit, but especially in the summer it does help me with sweet cravings. Try it frozen so you eat it way slower and thus eat less of it in the end. - 5/12/2012 3:19:40 PM
  • DIMEGIRL
    You could always eat Organic Chocolate that contains way more healthy antioxidants! - 12/22/2011 3:46:47 AM
  • SUPPORT2010
    " Maybe drink a fruit smoothie to combat the sugar craving or sit down and write out all the reasons why you want to stop eating chocolate."

    Not sure how a fruit smoothie combats sugar cravings. Fruit is loaded with sugar (and vitamins) but sugar is sugar. - 12/8/2011 3:19:05 PM