Two to three percent of the country has an eating disorder, but up to half of Americans have a “disordered” relationship with food, exercise and their bodies. In addition to that, over 40 percent of Americans are overweight.
According to one healthcare organization, this may be what an unhealthy relationship with food looks like:
If this sounds like you, take heart. Better habits can be created, and there are ways to build a better relationship with food.
Intention is undoubtedly important for solving problems and reaching goals. But the smallest action is worth far more. It takes "doing" to change your life for the better.
If you aren’t satisfied with the quality of your health or the way you eat, please do something about it!
Nothing has a more significant impact on our physical and mental health than the fundamental way we experience and interact with our food.
Have you ever noticed that when you change to a new eating regimen, you may spend more time thinking about what you can eat, what you’ll eat next, and of course, what you cannot eat?
Being preoccupied with food is a habit that can be triggered by emotions, stress, environment, and even special occasions. But when thoughts continually loop on food, it can also indicate less than adequate nourishment.
Drastic diet changes such as cutting down too strictly on calories or carbs can actually cause compulsive thinking simply due to hunger, crashing energy or low blood sugar levels.
Almased is a handy and healthy nutritional supplement that now also comes in individual packets for quick-and-easy anytime use. Don’t let circumstance or a time-crunch catch you off-guard - especially if dieting.
We may have the best intentions to eat healthier or eat less. But saying goodbye to our favorite foods can feel like we’re losing our best friend, and we don’t want that either! But how to stop thinking about food?
Experts from U.S. News offered some tips
1. Don’t go overboard!
Being too restrictive can be unrealistic and actually lead to compulsive thinking about food. It’s not about banishing your food favorites forever. Permit occasional treats, like once every week and special occasions.
2. Faulty food labeling?
You might be missing the point if you label your foods as strictly good or bad. Know that relapsing on junk food may lead to overeating but that doesn’t make you a bad person.
Hold a healthy perspective on food, and don’t beat yourself up.
3. Busy hands, quiet mind
Passive activities such as TV, music, or radio do well with "busy work" like crochet, drawing, crossword, and other puzzles, cards, or even doodling! That little bit of focus can keep your mind from wandering and your hands from reaching for the snack bowl!
4. Walk! Breathe!
Walking is more than just exercise; it's a natural tranquilizer that can "get you out of your head." Instead of reacting to food thoughts on impulse, commit to a small delay before indulging. Take a short walk or do some deep breathing before allowing any munchy activities.
5. Don’t go hungry!
Even if you’ve passed on the junk foods, kicked the sugar habit and eat well to eliminate cravings, real hunger is a huge attention grabber.
When hunger calls, reach for an Almased nutritional shake, and you'll feel full for hours. It's quick, easy and good for a host of reasons! Read on...
Food addiction is just one way of dealing with unwanted feelings. Recovery comes when you actually feel your emotions and deal with them, rather than using food to distract and numb yourself.
One of the easiest ways to help yourself change from compulsive eating or overeating is drinking Almased shakes as a meal replacement.
The Almased Figure Plan outlines four phases of an eating strategy that is awesome for any weight loss goal, but there’s even more to it than that. Almased can help repair a misguided relationship with food.
“Decision Dread” is just one reason why Almased is so effective for weight loss, habit discipline and lifestyle change.
If you choose Phase One of the Almased Figure Plan, you’ll be drinking three Almased shakes to replace three daily meals. (Also included are veggie juice or broth, plenty of water and coffee or tea if you like).
On phase one of the Figure Plan, you won't have to make any foodie decisions. It’s likely that compulsive food thoughts become significantly reduced.
You won't need to think about what to buy at the store, what to eat for your next meal, what to prepare for dinner or what dressing to put on your salad. There’s no need to think about food at all, and that's a good thing!
You’d be surprised how your whole life can change when the constant mind buzz about food no longer occupies your attention.
That may sound like a big claim, but it’s true. Almased even guards against weight regain when the diet is over. To fix overweight or food obsessions, set your goal for real change with long-term lifestyle improvements.
Once you reach your ideal weight goal, phase four of the Figure Plan helps you hang onto it. Snacking on a single Almased shake, as needed, helps to keep the metabolism revved up and weight well-maintained.
The Almased Weight Loss Phenomenon™ is the low-glycemic high-protein meal replacement and food supplement that's been studied in universities worldwide for over 15 years.
Almased provides a variety of benefits to the human body, such as blood sugar and metabolic support.
According to research at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, after the first day of drinking Almased, the basal metabolic rate increases and stays up when consumed daily.
Because Almased resets your appetite, you’ll feel full longer while burning fat for fuel first. The University of Freiburg, Germany, attributes this to Almased’s beneficial impact on the appetite hormones ghrelin and leptin.
“I’ve never been successful with meal replacements, I always got too hungry and quit. After the first Almased shake, I was amazed at how full I was, and I wasn’t hungry again for 5 hours, and even then, I wasn’t starving. I enjoy trying different flavorings. So far, my favorite is a splash of vanilla and orange extract with a bit of sweetener. Just like a creamsicle!” - Marianne G. – Almased Reviewer
I continue to maintain my weight by eating healthier. I feel healthier and have so much more energy. Now I love the way my clothes fit and how I look.”
Crystal C. – Almased Success Story
“I have a much more positive attitude overall since starting Almased. I feel happier on an everyday basis. People comment on my energy levels and how I am smiling much more these days.
I have definitely changed how I look at meals what I am going to eat. My most favorite Almased recipes were the coconut crème pie and the German chocolate cake shake. – Lisa C. – Almased Success Story
Crack the code to a friendly relationship with your food. No Jedi mind tricks needed. Just drink your Almased!
Some nutrients have been hyped so much that people are wary about them, like protein.
Or maybe they’ve been unfairly placed in the “bad food” camp when, in fact, the right ones are excellent, like good carbs!
And there are even nutrients that most folks don’t even think of as a “nutrient,” like water!
The famous comedian, Rodney Dangerfield, used to start every one of his acts with the line, “I don’t get no respect!”
Well, the following 7 nutrients are most definitely worthy of our respect as must-haves in our diet!
And Almased is your key to unlocking many of these nutrients’ “hidden” benefits, but more on that in a minute!
Media and science were once united in the celebration of the humble soybean as one of nature’s most heroic superfoods.
After all, ancient cultures had survived and thrived in good health on that little green bean.
Then, something went very off-kilter.
The mainstream media began to question the truth about soy. Why?
Anyone who has tried dieting knows that to make any headway with weight loss, you have to cut down on your calorie intake somehow. That’s a given.
Then why are there so many different weight-loss diets? And, if anyone of these diets really do work, wouldn’t we all be skinny by now?
When Dr. Atkins came out with the first version of his low-carb diet in 1972, many folks loved the lure of an all-you-can-eat menu of steak, butter, eggs and fat.
While this was appealing, up to a point, people grew to miss some of those carbs . . . and regular bowel movements!
The Wheat-Belly diet, the Grain-Brain diet, and the Keto diet are all just sequels or “prequels” to the low-carb frenzy created by Atkins so many years ago.
One of the main ideas behind these diets is that by eliminating carbs, some calories (and gluten) get slashed as well.
But these diets, or at least how they are being used, are often not healthy, partly because carbs are being demonized and fat is being lionized.
But remember that, in searching for the right diet, you can end up stuck in a mental cul-de-sac.
Because for any diet to work, it’s got to last. It’s got to be satisfying. And it can’t keep making you feel deprived.
It’s not about eating only grapefruit for a week or two, then resuming your old eating habits. You have to like your diet or be able to adapt to it in the long term.
The “don’t eat this” diet dictocrats have worked very hard, in recent years, to have us ban certain foods from our kitchens, to banish entire food groups, and to even nix natural food ingredients.
So we decided to take on these self-appointed protectors of our plates with 5 food facts that may well surprise you . . .
The diet dictators and food fanatics aren’t happy to admit that, though.
It’s a lot simpler to demonize a whole food group, like carbs, or food ingredients, like gluten or fat.
Fact is, modern humans, or Homo sapiens, have been co-evolving with plants and nutrients and foods for 300,000 years, so our bodies recognize natural foods and nutrients — such as carbs, herbs and natural sugars — and that’s part of the reason that our bodies don’t go into an inflammatory frenzy when we eat them.
Our bodies recognize them as “friends.”
But that’s not so with highly refined and ultra-processed foods, which are bleached, chemical-drenched and robbed of vital nutrients.
That being said, there are great, good and not-so-good (or “bad”) food choices we can make every meal and every day.
The really-not-good food choices include, but are not limited to, refined sugars, white foods (like white bread, pasta, flour and rice), corn syrup, soda and partially hydrogenated (or trans) fats.
These fake foods and ingredients — especially trans fats, high-fructose corn syrup and artificial ingredients — are the true enemies of a healthy diet.
This is why finding “clean” diets with real food ingredients is so important to the human body.
Almased is one diet, in particular, that is free of artificial sugars and colors as well as fillers and preservatives.
Aside from the product’s “clean” ingredient list, Almased’s diet plan recommends foods that are among the very best and healthiest choices.
And science shows that low-glycemic high-protein (LGHP) diets — including the Almased LGHP shake — can be among your very best and healthiest choices.
In fact, the three main nutrients that the human body needs for energy are carbohydrates, protein and fat.
Truth is, carbohydrate’s main function is to provide energy for the body.
That being said . . . all carbs are not created equal.
Biochemists usually classify carbs in one of two categories, simple carbohydrates (known as sugars) and complex carbohydrates (known as fibers and starches).
To gauge the impact of sugars and carbs on our body, scientists and nutritionists developed the glycemic index (GI), which assigns a number to each food depending on its ability to increase blood glucose levels. The lower the GI value of a carbohydrate, the less of an impact it has on blood sugar levels.
Foods with no carbs — such as beef, chicken, fish, eggs, herbs, and spices — and specific food components (like protein and fat) aren’t listed on the glycemic index because they don’t have any carbohydrates.
A big advantage to low-carb / high-protein eating is that it dramatically restricts carbohydrates and sugars and basically forces the body to burn fat since the body has very little of the sugary stuff that evolution has programmed it to burn through first.
Science tells us that eating low-glycemic, fiber-rich foods — peas, lentils, legumes, whole grains — in one meal, for example, can prevent blood sugar levels from spiking upward after eating the next meal.
Complex carbohydrates are found in such foods such as whole grains and vegetables.
Good examples of low-glycemic vegetables, beans, and legumes are: asparagus; broccoli; carrots; celery; chickpeas; green beans; kidney beans; lentils; lettuce; peppers; soybeans, spinach; tomatoes; and zucchini.
Fiber-rich complex carbs are the very best carbs to include in your carb-friendly diet, along with a protein source and good fats.
Simple carbs are the carbohydrates we have to be careful with, however, and being cautious about sugars is especially important for people with diabetes.
Examples of naturally occurring simple carbs include fructose (found in fruits and honey) and lactose (found in milk).
Added sugars are in the carb danger zone, however, and include glucose, maltose and sucrose.
They can be “hidden” in such sweeteners as rice malt syrup, high-fructose corn syrup and fruit-juice nectars, and they’re added to thousands of products, including candies, baked goods and soda.
Considering that carbohydrates should make up approximately 45% of our daily diet, we just need to be carb conscious and aim to include more of the healthiest carbs onto our plates.
Almased contains a small number of carbs from raw honey and, with the combination of high-protein, Almased is low-glycemic and supports energy and healthy blood sugar levels.
Check out how Almased can be a healthy part of carb-friendly dieting with our favorite recipes!
Ignore all of the misinformation you’ve read about grains and about all of the products that are touted as being “grain-free.”
A grain-free diet is like gluten-free on steroids — taking one bad idea and making it worse.
Contrary to what these anti-grain groupies claim, whole-grain foods provide the fiber we need for proper digestion, plus it slows the absorption of sugar, which is especially important after meals.
In addition, grains are packed with nutrients.
Good examples of whole grains are: amaranth, barley, black rice, corn, freekah, oats, spelt, quinoa and wheat berries.
And don’t get roped into the “I have to avoid gluten” brigade, either.
Aside from people with celiac disease, gluten — which is actually a protein compound that’s found in grain — is quite good for us.
In a study of 64,714 women and 45,303 men that was published in the British Medical Journal in 2017, gluten consumption was linked to a lower risk of coronary heart disease.
In fact, the authors added that “the [unnecessary] avoidance of gluten may result in reduced consumption of beneficial whole grains,” which increases cardiovascular risk.
However, as mentioned before, individuals with gluten allergy should avoid gluten. Foods without grains or grain byproducts are usually gluten-free.
Almased is sourced primarily from soy, which is naturally gluten-free.
Fruits are way different from other foods, like cookies and cakes (with added refined sugars), in how the body processes them.
The fiber in fruits slows down fructose’s digestion, making it a bit more like a complex carbohydrate.
In addition, fruit is brimming with healthful compounds.
In fact, fruits’ defenses lie in their skin in the form of dark plant-nutrient colors.
These “phytonutrients” (like anthocyanins in blueberries and carotenoids in apricots) protect the fruit from things like the sun's rays and insects, and they're also what give fruits their powerful antioxidant and health-promoting properties, which they pass on to us.
Some healthy fruit choices include: apples, bananas (ripe), blueberries, cherries (tart), cranberries, elderberry, grapefruit, oranges, peaches, pomegranates, prunes, raspberries, and watermelon.
Add colorful antioxidant-filled fruits to your daily Almased shake.
So, forget all of the food fakery and misinformation out there, and
let Almased be an important (and honest) part of your diet today!
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