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Is fear of change affecting your weight loss?

Eunice Mesick

Eunice Mesick

Hi, this is Eunice from the Diet Center.

Fear of change can cause problems in any weight-loss program. You may doubt your ability to succeed, worry about how others will react, be nervous about the kind of behavior changes that need to be made. Or, you may be embarrassed to ask questions about a menu, to order healthy meal choices, to consume diet products in public, or to be seen measuring portions.

Having such fears prevents us from having a positive attitude and becoming comfortable with new eating habits. Having doubts about our potential can affect our will to resist temptation.

Believe in yourself that you can stick to your program! Don’t worry about what others think.

If you’re too concerned about what others think you may avoid practicing new eating habits in group situations. Chances are, they’ll be happy for you as you make progress. If they aren’t, then think about what’s important to you. Do you want to make others happy by not changing, or make yourself happy and healthy by reaching your weight-loss goals?

Here’s a simple change that can be made starting today. Incorporate leafy greens into your meals.

Why?

Leafy greens are a good source of vitamins and minerals. Vitamin A boosts the body’s immune system and is important for good night vision. Great sources of vitamin A are dark greens: kale, turnip, collard and beet greens, spinach and romaine lettuce.

Vitamin C is important for a healthy immune system and is found in collard greens and cabbage. Vitamin E functions as an antioxidant and helps with blood cell production. Spinach is a great source of vitamin E. Spinach and collard greens are also the best sources for riboflavin, which is essential for blood cell and antibody formation and is necessary for carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism. Spinach, romaine and other loose-leaf lettuces are great sources of folate, which is essential for red blood cell formation and helps protect against heart disease and birth defects.

Leafy greens also provide minerals. Beet greens, kale and spinach are good sources of iron. Iron is important for supplying oxygen to the blood. Calcium, the mineral essential for healthy bones and teeth, is provided by kale, Bok choy and dandelion greens. Spinach, and collard and beet greens, are great sources of magnesium. Magnesium is essential for bone health, nerve and muscle function. Potassium is important for fluid balance, normal blood pressure, heart and muscle function. The best greens include romaine, loose-leaf lettuce, mustard greens, chicory and chard.

Besides salads, toss them on sandwiches, soups and stews, or enjoy them steamed as a side vegetable. Consuming adequate amounts of nutrients daily is necessary for our bodies to be functioning at their best.

Thank you for reading Diet Center’s tip of the week. If you have made changes like these and are still struggling with weight loss, let Diet Center help. Call 928-753-5066 or stop by 1848 Hope Ave. in Kingman.

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