Dr. Fred Piaser
Longevity and Diet
Parent and Child
Health & Longevity through Good Nutrition
Ariel's Eating Tips For Successful Weight Control
When your friends want to go out for pizza and ice cream, it’s
hard to say ‘no’. But when you have a weight problem, are trying to eat
healthy, are trying to lose weight or have a food addiction, it is important to
make the healthy choice, no matter what.
I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can
remember. Tricks I have learned to help me get through the day, feeling proud
about what I’ve put into my body, may help you, too.
- In the
morning, when I have a clean slate for the day, I try to make a commitment
to myself, that I will have a good ‘eating’ day TODAY. I don’t think about
the party tomorrow, where there will be cake. I just focus on what I will
be eating today. And if I am craving an unhealthy snack, whatever
it is, I tell myself, ‘I can eat it tomorrow’. And if I am thinking about
it later that day I remind myself I will be eating it tomorrow. And when I
wake up tomorrow with a clean slate I will feel better knowing I ate good
yesterday, and can always put that unhealthy snack off for another day. I
did it yesterday, I can do it today. I don’t need to go on a 6 week diet
if I can eat healthy, just for today, one day at a time.
I sit down to my first or any meal, I exam the food. What does my body
need from the food I eat and what am I really putting into my body?
Chocolate chip pancakes with whipped cream is my favorite breakfast but
when I think about it, it’s really a dessert! Even though it tastes good,
what am I really putting into my body? Saturated and Trans fats, sugars,
cholesterol. On top of all the unhealthy components I am ingesting, I am
not giving my body what it really needs, vitamins, proteins, etc. I look
for alternative foods that taste equally as good in different ways; I love
fruit and even when they are not covered in chocolate they still taste
- I struggle with addiction, no matter what
the substance is. For me sometimes food is as dangerous as drugs. I think
about ‘why am I eating?’ ‘Am I hungry? Board? Sad? Happy? Angry? Am I
finishing what’s on my plate just to be polite? (‘No thank you, I’m full.’
is polite too!) If I am not eating for the right reasons, I look at why. Feelings
are better felt than fed. Even though it is hard at first,
the more I do it the easier it gets.
- I try
to keep a level head. Reality of eating:
only taste food when it’s in my mouth.
of disappointment from what I ate, last longer than the taste.
need to run miles, exercise for hours to burn off the calories it
took seconds to ingest. It’s not worth it!