Every time you're invited to a party or set out to meet your friends at a restaurant, you make the same promise: "I will stick to my diet. I can avoid temptation."
Then you view the "designer" buffet or the menu dotted with mouth-watering pictures of comfort foods and decadent sweet treats. Dark chocolate truffles, garlic rosemary mashed potatoes, sugar encrusted sweet potatoes. You rationalize "it's a special occasion" or "just this once" or "I will if you will." So instead of sticking to your diet, you eat and enjoy, then on the way home admonish yourself for your lack of will power.
Relax, and keep the following in mind when eating away from home:
1. Don't skip meals. You may think you're saving calories for later, but you're actually messing with your metabolism. Your body interprets missed meals as starvation, not a sneaky weight loss technique. The result - your metabolism will slow to a snail's pace and you'll pack extra fat.
2. Be aware of temptation. You know there's going to be heaps of sugar - cookies, cakes and pies. Plan ahead for the sugar onslaught. Sugar is much easier to resist if you're not hungry. To successfully resist temptation, eat more protein (like nuts and seeds) or fruit if you crave something sweet. If you don't have a plan, it's easy to get lost in the cookie munching mindset.
3. Try to work some light exercise into your day. Even a short walk will get your blood moving and your metabolism cranking. Some body types, like Stomach, Lung and Medulla, realize emotional benefits from simple physical exercise. Go for a walk. You'll burn off frustrations which might weaken your will power.
4. Remember, it's not "all-or-nothing." Since The 25 Body Type System utilizes real food, you won't have to worry about choosing between a roasted chicken entree and a cold liquid shake. Simply review the dietary emphasis and foods best for your unique type. With a few minor modifications, you'll find you will be able to eat a restaurant or party food while still sticking to your diet.
5. Eat foods that support your type - not sabotage it. If you know chocolate cake leaves you feeling bloated and miserable, don't eat it, but allow yourself a tasty alternative). If endless cups of coffee (no matter how helpful in the short term) leave you with "acid tummy," stop at one or two cups. The idea is moderation, not denial.
6. Take time for yourself. It's easier to stick to any type of eating plan when you're feeling happy, healthy and centered. Try to take short "me-breaks" throughout the day - even if it's just sitting in your car for 15 minutes. You'll have time to recharge your batteries and not rely on food to make you feel better.
7. If all else fails, vow to make one meal "okay." Let's face it. You may have graduated from high school 20 years ago, but you still feel guilty if you don't eat your Mom's cooking. If keeping the familial peace is a big factor, make one meal (like breakfast) a good one. One body type friendly meal will help keep your system on track while pleasing your family.
Having to work two jobs and having a full social life, I sometimes find it hard to wake up in the morning. My body, including my eyelids, feels heavily weighted with bricks. Now when I want help waking up I reach for (actually, grope for) my spray bottle of CG Aromatherapeutics Mental Activity. After one spray mist and a few seconds, my eyes are open, my head clears up and I am alert for the day!
Earl A., Security Officer