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How's Your New Health Plan Working?

 

The #1 resolution in the nutrition field - or maybe anywhere - is weight loss.

So how is your resolution going? Are you sticking with it no matter what? Are you up and down? Do you find yourself going in a completely different direction?

"Can't get out of bed! Send help or waffles. Just send waffles." - unknown

Why Do Resolutions Fail?

Most people fall off the Weight Loss Wagon for 2 reasons.

One is thinking of it as a Diet. Diet foods. Diet mentality. Diet portions. Lots of suffering.

"Today I bought a doughnut without sprinkles. This diet thing is hard." - CoolFunnyQuotes.com

The other reason is food cravings. Cravings can - and do - sabotage our best efforts.

Cravings are interesting. They cause people - many people - to think psychologically, or emotionally. To pontificate about food behaviors. What's "missing" in your life? Where do you need to add 'sweetness?' What's "eating" you?

My field is psychoactive nutrition, so I think chemically.

I know cravings aren't necessarily about stress, or emotions, or boredom. They're about brain chem. And my plan for helping you stick with your resolution doesn't involve crawling in your head and rummaging around in there.

It involves helping you deal with - that means get rid of - your cravings.

"I cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food." - W.C. Fields

Steps for Changing Food Cravings

• Check with your doctor to be sure this strategy is appropriate for you.

• Get yourself a bottle of liquid B-complex. It should be ALL the B vitamins, not just B-12.

• If and when you have a craving, take 1 teaspoon (or whatever the dosage on the bottle says).

• Give it a few minutes to take effect.

Liquid B-complex will work; it's very effective.

The other part of this is to stop thinking you're on a diet. Diets are temporary. We can't wait to go off the diet so we can eat the things we've been denying ourselves.

What to Do Instead

• Eat real food.

• Eat protein with everything.

• Allow the protein to moderate your portion sizes. It will.

• Exercise 4-5 days a week.

Keep this going, keep eating real foods, and you'll be able to say, as Julia Child did,

"The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook."

Don't give up

It's easy to quit if you fall off your schedule, if you eat three slices of pizza instead of one, or if you don't see any progress. However, remember that half the journey is getting there, so don't be too hard on yourself. It takes time to build new habits. If you slip up, remember that you can always get back on track.

Get a buddy

Don't be afraid to ask for help. Everyone needs some support now and then. The help of people who care about you builds resilience and helps you better manage the stress of your resolution. Having a family member or friend with similar goals to share experiences with and hold you accountable can help you stick to your resolution.