Sharing Our Stories ~ SOS: Saving OurSelves ~ Part 2

Stormy Skies overhead at the lake with a pier in the foreground, by © Terry Tasche

“Stormy Skies” by © Terry Tasche

Here are ten things you can do, which will help you fight the battle against junk food. They are things I had never thought of before I started writing and telling someone what I was eating:

1) Admitting defeat. No way!
2) Asking for help. Never thought of it!
3) Assembling a support team who understands. That’s a novel idea.
4) Writing from the heart, which increases awareness of your actions. Being honest, although the best policy, had never crossed my mind. But it can help you, and others, too.
5) Writing about the process is powerful and transformational.  Amazing!
6) Writing enables you to see what you are doing and helps you to focus, focus, focus.
7) Telling, and sharing with others, what you’re thinking can help clarify and change your perspective.
8) Making a decision to do it today, and tomorrow, too. Yea! You’re worth it!
9) Writing motivates, inspires and pushes you in a positive direction toward change.
10) Finding out that the desire you feed usually wins (pun intended.) Interesting concept. Curb your desire away from junk food.

The more lean protein and healthy fats, fruits and vegetables you eat, the less you crave junk food. The longer you’re without junk food the less you’ll want it or think you need it.

In my case, my body was telling me to eat, but I was giving it the wrong stuff, like junk food. So it kept signaling that it hadn’t eaten yet. So I fed it more junk food. It said, “No, I’m still not satisfied.” I thought I was trying so hard, but I was getting it wrong.

Reading others’ writing and responses let me know that I was not alone in this struggle. The people who were reading my daily emails about telling them what I was eating, and what I was thinking about eating, also started eating healthier food and losing weight along with me (so they said.) Hearing others’ ideas gave new perspective on old thinking patterns and brought a wellspring of help.

In the same vein, researchers at the University of Alberta set out to see whether regular email reminders could prod people to eat better and exercise more. Over a 12-wk period, they sent weekly emails to 1,600 volunteers at five large Canadian workplaces. The electronic nagging seemed to work: As reported in the American Journal of Health Promotion, the recipients exercised more and actually reduced their Body Mass Index (*BMI). Co-workers who did not receive the emails wound up gaining weight, not losing it, over the span of the study.

If being distracted by junk food is a problem, then writing may be a key in staying focused on health. Oprah handled distractions when she was in high school and said that she wrote a friend, “I’ve decided to voice my thoughts on paper to prevent my brain from becoming disrupted.”

Writing is important for accountability and awareness of what we’re doing or not doing, eating or not eating. Please feel free to enter your comments in the comment section below. You can gain health and even lose weight by giving away the weight-loss blues and gaining victory over junk food’s pull. Share your thoughts about it. Who knows, you may find out that you’re not the only one who struggles, giving you the strength to change together.

Go from stormy weather to sunny skies as we work together and learn how to improve our health by sharing our stories, and saving ourselves. S.O.S. Get help now!

*BMI (Body Mass Index) calculation = weight in pounds x 703 divided by height in inches = total divided again by height in inches.

BMI value guidelines: 17-20 under weight, 20-25 good, 25-30 overweight, 30-40 obese, over 40 morbidly obese.

2 Responses to Sharing Our Stories ~ SOS: Saving OurSelves ~ Part 2

  1. Emily March 5, 2015 at 10:59 pm #

    My problem was, and still is, not wanting to eat in the morning. In fact I can go all day and not eat until dinner at which point I am starving and can go way beyond a normal meal. Today with the help of a food plan, a guide to acceptable meals like cereal or smoothie for breakfast (smoothies go down even when I really don’t want to eat) and a protein and two veggies for dinner I strive for healthy eating. But the accountability of sharing what I eat is the clincher and keeps me on track. Thank You Terry for being my food buddy, you are saving my life:)

    • Terry Tasche March 9, 2015 at 10:53 pm #

      Thanks, Emily, for your comment!
      The research states that breakfast is important in helping with weight loss. Waiting ‘til we’re starving is a disaster waiting to happen. Also helpful is to eat some nuts or some other form of protein as a snack is a helpful way to ward off feeling starved.
      I wonder if sometimes we think that not eating will help us lose weight. Of course, this usually, if not always, backfires.
      You have an insightful solution and are on the right path!
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