I found that restricting any food only makes it something that becomes bigger than life....by including some favorite things in my diet (in moderation) and really enjoying them without guilt I don't end up sabotaging myself.
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Focus on What you Should Eat, Not What You Shouldn't
Celebrate healthy food, don't lament the bad stuff.
Making healthy eating a lifestyle means learning to love your new way of eating. It helps to focus on what you should eat, not what you shouldn't. Do think about how you will get more veggies and fruits. Do think about how you can add protein. Don't think "If only I could have an extra value meal."
Asking myself when I find I am wanting to eat whether it is because I am truly hungry or is it because I am bored, worried, tired, or just because! Then if I drink a big glass of water before I give in, I find most of the time, it wasn't because I was truly hungry just a habit of always looking to food to solve whatever problem I am dealing with. Food is not the answer but it is not always easy to realize that it won't solve whatever is bothering me (it usually makes it worse!).
My final step is to take a moment and say a little prayer that I will use the food to nourish my body and let God nourish my soul and take care of my problems. By taking care of my body, it will in turn take care of me.
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