Even a Child Could Do It


Whether you’re a parent whose child {or spouse} insists on eating unhealthy foods, or it’s you who needs a good talkin’ to, the truth is, nothing is going to change anytime soon unless someone’s been scolded.

Without raising a hand, could it be that firm admonishments might be something you need to receive?

Fortunately, you can reprimand yourself every single time you begin to do what it is you know is wrong or unhealthy. Licking the brownie bowl until your tongue hurts is a good example of what not to do. So is squeezing every squirt possible from the whipped cream container. “How can something so light and fluffy make any real difference in calories?,” we ask ourselves.

The truth is, however, every lick or squirt adds up. In a matter of unsavory days you notice a bit more padding where you sit. Or for many, you’re sluggish and tired, and you squeeze in a few bites of chocolate in the hopes of sparking a new attitude. Breaking that mindset, however, is as easy as child play…

…notice I didn’t say “easy as pie.”

No doubt you heard your fair share of “No” growing up. Such a simple word, and one everyone understands. “Stop what you’re doing right now,” for example, or “Don’t make me come down there!” All great deterrents that amount to necessary swats on a wrist. Perhaps, for you, it’s time to employ the same modus operandi your parents used on you as a child.

The next time you feel weak and want nothing more than to indulge in unhealthy or empty- calorie foods {i.e., calories from solid fats and/or added sugars}, give yourself a pep talk (or, depending on the severity, a time-out). The words “Don’t even think about it!” should spring to mind, followed by “Wait ‘til your dad gets home” and “Why I oughta!”

And that brings us to what “we oughta” – eat, that is – and tips on curbing appetites:

•  Water really does do the body good. In addition to lubricating joints and replenishing fluids, it also works well to stave off hunger.

•  Be prepared. Have with healthy snacks in an accessible area where you’re more likely to reach for them.

•  Small snack bags of raw almonds and dried fruit satisfy stomachs without adding pounds.

•  Lettuce, cabbage, bokchoy, and other leafy vegetables have so few calories that it’s barely worth counting them (sans the dressing!).

•  According to Marion Nestle of Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition,
“The relationship between soft drink consumption and body weight is so strong that researchers calculate that for each additional soda consumed, the risk of obesity increases 1.6 times.”

A little self-talk might also help. Who could forget Saturday Night Live’s Stuart Smalley character when he felt inadequate?

“I’m good enough. I’m smart enough. And doggone it, people like me.”

Question:  What are some of YOUR tips on curbing the appetite?  Share you comment by clicking here.


    • says

      Hi Amy…glad you enjoyed the article! Yes, being conscious of what we allow to fuel our mind, body, and spirit is half the battle. Keep up the great work! Blessings to you as well. :-)

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