Dieting is more than getting rid of love handles...

After my Common Sense about eating healthy post yesterday, I have heard from quiet a few people. Most of what I hear is that some people simple cannot have a taste or two of something without going all out and chowing down. This is probably true for many people. Though I have personal will power on many items, I avoid Oreos. I cannot eat just one or two Oreos at a time.

The truth of the matter is that when it comes to junk food, some people have no restraints on anything. For those people, eating a Hershey's Kiss or Oreo to rid themselves of the chocolate craving would result in them over indulging their sweet teeth. For these people, they must avoid junk food as much as possible.

Unfortunately, avoiding what one loves when it comes to food is what causes a lot of people to fall off of the wagon and go back to their old ways.

How does one find a happy medium?

Fellow ChicagoNow Blogger Brent Cohrs has an awesome post today about Quitting Sugary Snacks. You should definitely go read his post as he talks about how sugar affects our body.

"Sugar, salt, and fat trigger the release of endorphins that tell our brains 'this is heaven!'  The more sugar in the food that triggered the dopamine effect, the harder it is to stop eating," Brent says in his blog.

Brent knows what he is talking about as well. He suffered a heart attack because of his eating habits. Scary nonetheless, even scarier that he was only 43 when it happened.

"I truly believe that the HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) in my Standard American Diet (aka the Western Diet) was the primary cause of my inflammation, plaque build-up, and subsequent heart attack.  Heredity played a part as well, that’s why I’m always careful to give credit where credit is due – my Mom and Little Debbie…," Brent wrote in an earlier blog entry.

So, with Brent in mind, let us remember that we diet not to just to fit into skinny jeans, but we also do it to live longer and healthier.

Know that if you cannot limit yourself on sweets, then try your best to avoid them. It is hard, but it will be worth it in the long run.

I think if we can forgo sweets for just a little bit, then we can learn to live without them. We must remember that a little bit of cravings that will eventually go away, will be much easier than a heart attack, which may or not be survived.

Filed under: About Me, Food, Health, Rants

Tags: Food, Health, Thinking

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  • Thanks for the mentions in today's post!

    I guess we're even since your post from yesterday was the inspiration for my post today...

    I'm glad that I have the opportunity to share my story with those who are interested in eating healthier. One thing I have learned is that it's best to just put the information out there - including links to the sources that helped you see the light - and let the reader realize his or her own epiphany.

    You would be amazed at how many people dismiss my advice as soon as they hear me say "the first thing I did was give up drinking pop." It seems like such a harmless indulgence to some, but it's probably one of the worst things any of us can ingest. Diet soda is even worse, according to experts like Dr. Mark Hyman. But if someone considers giving up flavored drinks to be making a huge sacrifice, it's hard to persuade them otherwise.

    Keep sharing your story and best of luck with your goals. Drop me a line if I can be of help with anything. And don't forget that getting in shape is as Easy As Riding A Bike (pardon the shameless plug for my blog!)...

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