Eating 5 or 6 small / medium meals a day is like putting coal in a stove regularly to keep a fire burning steadily. This is much better than skipping meals or having one big meal a day. Your fire will go out if let it run down and you will smother it if you overload the stove with coal at any time.
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My personal trainer, who is a fitness competitor and a body builder, told me to think of food as fuel. If you usually use food as pleasure or as a reward you can really sabotage yourself. So when I want a treat I'll repeat the mantra "food is fuel for my body" and then I'll ask myself if what I want to eat will be beneficial fuel. If it is then I'll eat it, if it's full of empty calories, then I'll skip it and find a more nutritious snack.
Before I eat I remind myself that food has a purpose. It is fuel. It isn't to make me feel happier, less anxious or to fill whatever emotional need I have at that moment. When I consume food for fuel I tend to make healthier choices.
"Food is fuel"...any time I reach for that bag of chips, I say this to myself. Then I think, is this the kind of fuel I REALLY want to put in my body. It helps me to make better choices of what I am eating.
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