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!
Sure, we know gut health is important, but did you know that new research has proven that the secret to healthy aging is in the gut?
True enough, a study that appeared in the journal Nature Metabolism found that, as people grow older, the make-up of the bacteria in their gut, which is called the gut microbiome, changes.
But this is a good thing, apparently, since the more it changes the better it is for our health.
Diet has a tremendous impact on our overall health; that’s why Almased has taken a nutrition-first approach for the last 30 years. However, most of us living in the West make refined, processed, and low-fiber foods the foundation of our diet, a combination that supports a number of metabolic diseases, such as diabetes and obesity.
Curbing the Western diet and opting to give a whole-food plant-based lifestyle a try stands to improve our metabolism, gut health, immune system, blood sugar, and the environment.
Sugary drinks are the number one source of refined sugars in our diet, amounting to almost half of all sugars we consume, and which are a major culprit in the obesity and diabetes epidemics.
Unfortunately, consumption of sugary drinks has increased dramatically. Over the last 60 years, carbonated soft-drink guzzling has tripled. In fact, in 2019 Americans drank over 25 million gallons of soda.
Did you know that trillions of gut bacteria call your body home? A lot of them can be found in your gastrointestinal tract, specifically your gut. These hitch-hiking bacteria inside all of us are part of what’s called the microbiome.
Your microbiome can be affected by things like aging, where you live, medication and antibiotic use, disease, diet and supplementation.
If you don’t feed your gut bacteria the right protein, fats and micronutrients, then your digestive tract is not able to do its job of absorbing nutrients properly.
But, when you feed your gut right, it takes care of all of the things you rely on it to do: break down foods; make vitamins; produce energy; and support immunity.
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