A healthy, positive view of food

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Do you view food as your "friend"? I know that sounds silly, but for example, maybe you turn to food when you have emotional issues to deal with.

Maybe when you are on a weight loss program you feel like you "miss" food. This dependent relationship with food may be contributing to your weight problems. If you want weight loss success and want to maintain it; you need to create a new view of food.

Your new view of food should be a healthy, positive one. Try not to think of food whenever you're sad, lonely, upset or even celebrating something. Learn to solve emotional issues without food. It will be difficult at first. You may feel deprived, sad, or weak at times. However, you should discover that food is not your "friend" when you are feeling sad or happy. Food cannot give you moral support. In the end, when food is turned to during those situations, food will only make you feel bad about yourself.

As you practice this new behavior, you will feel more and more comfortable dealing with emotional issues without food as you continue working to solve problems without it.

Your new view will help you reach your weight loss goals. Viewing food as a source of energy and nutrients instead of a "friend" will help strengthen your behavior skills to maintain your success.

One big thing you can do to help yourself in changing your view of food is by making your home temptation-free. An environment without "danger zones" will help you to practice and thus stick to your new eating behaviors. You can eliminate food temptations around your home by removing them (that is the best way) and keeping healthier alternatives around.

Look through your refrigerator and pantry and see what food items you have stocked. Avoid stocking tempting foods that you know will eventually cause you to sabotage yourself and cause you to not follow your healthy meal plan. You can give those food items to friends or let family members consume them. When there is no one to give the tempting foods to, it's best to just get rid of them. If you're concerned about the cost, think about what it might cost you in pounds. Also, think of how extra pounds will impact your health and sense of well-being.

It will also help to stock your kitchen with items allowed on your program. Buy pre-portioned items whenever you can, or portion items yourself with sandwich bags. Avoid decorating your home with bowls of candies or cookie jars. Or, fill them with better food choices such as fruits and vegetables, pre-portioned bags of pretzels or Diet Center snacks.