I have a love-hate relationship with food. I love 1-pound burgers, but I hate that it contains more than 700 calories. I love drinking soda, but I hate the fact that it has unhealthy levels of sugar. A lot of people, including myself, share the same sentiment with food. It’s like a sad cosmic joke that foods that taste so good could be bad for your body.
I’ve only begun to realize that some of the products available today are artificially enhanced with high-levels of addictive ingredients like caffeine and sugar to entice buyers to consume more of the product. These are essentially dangerous for many people, including diabetics and hypertensive people. That’s why there’s a budding social awareness with food. Now, it’s easy to spot food that would be harmful if not taken in moderation. We have the nutrition facts to thank for that. However, knowing what’s bad for you is just half of the solution. Controlling the urge to consume these dangerous products is the real struggle.
Are you ready for a healthy lifestyle?
There’s a reason why targeting to lose weight is the most common new year’s resolution of all time. It’s because majority can’t commit to lose weight through a healthy lifestyle. There’s no denying that unhealthy food taste awesome. I’ve tasted zero-calorie sodas and I came to the conclusion that calories taste so good. It’s quite challenging to let go of a life of indulgence. How you control your cravings for unhealthy food is the real answer to a healthy lifestyle.
What being healthy really means
Being healthy isn’t simply eating less and exercising, it’s watching what you eat and burning off the excess. Your body needs energy to function properly, so if you deprive your body of the energy that it needs, you end up no healthier than a guy who eats a tub of ice cream every day.
Controlling your cravings
For most of us, not being able to restrain ourselves from eating unhealthy food is the reason why we struggle with fitness. How you make the healthy choice is all about how you handle your urge to eat unhealthy food.
Let’s face it – unhealthy food is everywhere. It’s easier to have a quick hotdog snack than to fix yourself a salad to take care of your hunger pangs. You can get rid of your cravings by drinking a glass of water and it will eliminate the urge quickly.
Knowing what you eat is extremely helpful in managing your cravings. Thankfully, not everything that tastes good is unhealthy. Whole wheat bread tastes awesome, especially when lightly toasted. All you have to do is research a bit more about what you want to eat, so you can make a decision if it’s healthy or not.
Once you’ve made the decision to live a healthy lifestyle, constantly remind yourself about what you want to happen, and how far you’ve gone to reach your goal. Living a healthy lifestyle is a commitment, and it’s always helpful to look back to see what you’ve accomplished to show yourself that you have conquered an unhealthy lifestyle.