In Monday’s post about the benefits of walking, I mentioned that there are 2 main keys to weight management. The first key is to get moving and the second is to eat to live.
Eat to live, instead of living to eat.
This is a mantra that you will hear/see me repeat very often. Why? Because the root of most all weight gain is eating for enjoyment instead of for function. Yes, a pepperoni pizza or cheeseburger with fresh fries would be very enjoyable to eat – especially after a long day or while out at a restaurant with friends or family. Don’t forget a cold soda or alcoholic beverage (and dessert) to go with it! This sounds very tempting, doesn’t it? The problem with that is this:
A cheeseburger & fries doesn’t have much nutritional or functional value for your body. Which is why you won’t feel revived and full of energy after you eat one, you will most likely feel tired and experience slight brain fog (some call this a food high, the “itis” or a food coma).
Eating for enjoyment leads to weight gain over time. When you are eating donuts, cookies, or even birthday cake = it’s for enjoyment (it’s certainly not for your health). The average American gains at least 5+ pounds during the holiday season just from “enjoying” Holiday foods. I challenge you to think before you eat. Ask yourself “Am I eating for enjoyment?” or “Am I eating to live (well)?”
Food = fuel for your body. Are you using good fuel or toxic fuel?
Very Truly Yours,