For the past 8 years I have been challenging myself by adopting various diets for different durations. I may go on a 30 day no carb diet, or a 30-day water only diet (just drinks), or even a meat and veg only diet. While I have seen some amazing health benefits to some of these challenges, something more than physical happened each time. I gained a heightened sense of accomplishment, which manifested in the form of confidence. We’ve all heard the saying you are what you eat! I’ll add, you are what you believe also, and through putting myself through these challenges, I have developed a greater sense of what is possible if you want it enough.
My latest challenge started at the beginning of this year: I gave up eating meat. This new challenge was supposed to be 30 days, but six months later and still no animal has touched my mouth. What started off as a challenge now has become a lifestyle. I feel more alert, more awake, more focused and cleaner inside out. I believe that how we feel is closely linked to the things we put into our bodies. Many people today have eating disorders that start from a plethora of problems. When one is depressed it can affect them in many ways. Some don’t eat, some overeat, and some just binge on unhealthy foods. What we eat says a lot about what we think of ourselves, how much we care about ourselves, and the kind of life we really want to live. There is so much information out there about what the body needs, but the body is very smart at telling you if it’s happy. Start to invest into your life by eating foods that make you happy, not avoidant happy, but truly refreshed, and rejuvenated.
So at this time I want to ask you:
Is your Diet making you Depressed?
Sometimes it’s hard to tell. It happens so gradually, we form patterns, we take the same route to work, we stop at the same store at the same time each day, and we buy that same chocolate bar and then the pattern becomes a habit. I’m not condemning chocolate, just illustrating how easy it is to form a habit based on our life patterns. Perhaps you are exhausted by the time you get home and cannot be bothered to cook, and so order in some unhealthy takeaway. Maybe you have no energy to prepare a fully balanced meal. Whatever the reason: maybe it’s time to reevaluate your day.
Here are 3 Tips To Eating Better and Feeling Better.
If you plan your meals for the day in advance, you’re more likely to eat well and not fall into the last option of eating out. Write down a list of meals you’d like to have during the week, and do you shopping accordingly.
Start your day off with a glass of water. It does wonders for you and gives you that added energy boost before you leave the house.
3 Track Your Progress
Check yourself. See how you feel for eating healthy. But also check how you feel when you stick to your goals. That sense of accomplishment will become confident. This will increase you overall mood and feeling about yourself. It may not reflect immediately on the scales, but just as you put on weight gradually, you also will lose it gradually. Just as you slowly fell into depression, you slowly come out of it.
Life is a process and some things; most things take time and effort. The good thing is, you have the power to make a change in your life. While these may not remove your depression, they will help not to further cement it. You will have more energy, more money, more sense of accomplishment and you will feel better within yourself.
Take baby steps and notice the positive changes in your life. Go on, give it a try.
This is not how your story ends;
Written By Steve Whyte
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