Tips on staying healthy

In light of the controversial obesity commercial recently in the news, I decided to make a post about staying healthy. I’ve been at a pretty good weight for most of my life, and I’d like to share my habits and advice with those who are curious or want to make a change in theirs. This post may be the first of several, or it may be the only one, but here’s stuff off the top of my head:

  • Never go on a “diet”. Even having to say you’re on a “diet” means you’re not planning on keeping it up! A temporary way of changing your eating habits will not change your health for the rest of your life. Work slowly to change a bad habit so you can adjust and get used to doing it a better way before going for more changes. Go for the marathon, not the sprint!
  • Hide treat foods. No, it’s not so you can’t find them, it’s so that you don’t have to see them every time you move around. Self control is a limited resource; do not waste yours by putting your treat foods in full view every time you go to the kitchen. Simply putting them behind another food helps. The goal is not to get you to never eat that food, but to have to think of it specifically before you pick it up in a kind of “Oh my god I forgot we have these, this is the best day ever!” feeling. So many people eat bad foods just because they’re there. Use out of sight, out of mind to your advantage.

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