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Basic Motivation for a Healthy Diet

Learn to Avoid Actions with Consequences


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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Member Comments

  • For years I yo-yo dieted and abused myself with my Binge Eating Disorder. I developed a fatty liver as a result of it. I am now eating a mainly plant based, nutrient dense diet. I avoid all grains and high starch foods. The difference in my well being has been enormous. When I am nourishing my body, I have energy and feel 'normal.' When I go off the wagon and eat sugar or grains, I feel physically awful and sluggish. Food is MEDICINE. Eat the right foods, and your body will love you. Eat too many empty nutrient calories and you will suffer, sooner or later. It isn't just about weight loss, it is about your overall health. - 11/10/2014 11:15:54 AM
  • I really love dark chocolate too! I'm gonna take this challenge though - I have to limit myself and I find the more I do that, the easier it becomes. I try to avoid sweet treats many times when it's being shared around the office, but yesterday was cheesecake for someone's birthday and when I took a pinch, that was the beginning of the end... I ate the whole slice!! I was sooo upset at myself afterwards. I am going to be stronger next time around. - 9/19/2014 9:35:23 AM
  • These are really good articles. I wish that I could Pin or Like in FB , every time I try from here it doesn't work. Sorry. - 7/28/2014 2:27:50 PM
  • 147HEALTH
    Sugar is an addition to me and I am happy to be detoxing from it again. Clearer eyes, head, and skin all come with leaving the sugar alone. My choice before I buy is to read the contents and if Sugar is within the first five ingredients it stays there. Worked before; can work again. - 7/1/2014 11:31:20 PM
  • LeAnn, go to your room. You're grounded. - 6/4/2014 12:39:40 PM
  • 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.

    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

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