Summer is almost here and many of us are desperately trying to shed the extra pounds we gained over the winter trying to stay warm. If we want to have enough energy to care for our family, it is important to keep ourselves healthy. Keeping our weight within whatever limits is natural for our body helps us to feel our best. We have to change our eating habits and put on the diet mind-set.
Your Body Type
God gave each of us a unique body type. Some women are tall and others are short. Some will appear to carry their weight differently than another.
Are your legs long or short? How long or short is your torso? This makes a big difference.
If you put your thumb at your side on the top of your hip and stretch your fingers and place your index finger on your bottom rib, that will tell you how long your torso is.
Some taller ladies will have as much as seven inches between hip and ribs. They will carry their weight well and look nice and thin.
For other women, this is not the case. They have little room between their hip and ribs and being shorter, they tend to look heavier than their taller friend.
When finding your optimum weight, keep in mind your body type and give yourself a break. Keep balanced by remembering that God created you as a unique and beautiful woman.
The Wrong Mind-Set
With that being said, lets think about the diet mind-set.
I am sure that most of us have a few pounds to loose to help us feel our best when we shed our sweaters and coats.
I have been trying to eat better. The more I try, the more I fail. Something has to give since it is all starting to sit on my hips. That’s not such an energetic feeling!
Eating sugar laden food lifts me up and then drops me down.
Nibbling on chocolate or cookies or brownies is dangerous because the sugar makes me come back for more.
Drinking hot chocolate (to stay warm) revs up the calories and ups the blood sugar before the crash!
Ice-tea or sodas (FYI – no soda for me, thank you very much) is a good way to add a pound in a day!
Must I say more?
The Diet Mind-Set
You and I are going to have to change-up our mind-set if we are going to have healthier eating habits. We are just going to have to get the Diet Mind-Set!!
It won’t be easy because all the excuses why it is alright to eat junk food will have to be scrapped.
The hardest thing for me is not eating something wickedly delicious when others are eating it in the same room. Oh that is hard!!
I have to change-up the way I am thinking about food.
Food is not comfort, Jesus is!
I need to stop eating to feel better.
I am going to have to eat for life.
Find healthier snacks.
Steps Towards the Diet Mind-Set
A diet is really what you eat and doesn’t necessarily mean that your goal is to loose weight.
I have been working towards eating a healthier diet.
What kind of diet you eat is up to you. Search the internet and you will be amazed at how many there are. Some are healthy to do and others are not.
Decide what foods you will eat for breakfast and stick to it. For me it is yogurt and fruit.
Decide what foods you will eat for lunch and stick to it. For me it is either salad or nothing. I need healthy food that is easy and quick to eat.
Since I am cooking supper for my family, I need to decide what foods I am avoiding. I have already eliminated bread and pasta. Meat and salad or a simple veggie for supper will move me towards a diet mind-set.
Decide what to do when you have sugar/carb cravings. They always say that when you change a habit you must replace it with something else. Choose what foods you will have on hand when those pesky cravings hit.
I know I can do it and you can too!!
I think a good thing to remember is that I can’t change to a diet mind-set in my own strength but I can with God’s help and strength.
Then, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!!”
I changed up my breakfast as the first step in getting a diet mind-set. Are there any ways that you changed up your diet mind-set?