Discovering Your Self Worth Is One Key to Overcoming Food Addiction

 

3D vain business manDiscovering your inner self worth is one of several keys to overcoming food addiction. Does life seem to be a struggle for you? Do you feel overwhelmed and frustrated much of the time? Do you wish you could experience something better? Fortunately, you can enjoy the exciting life you deserve.

 

Success is available to you despite challenging circumstances. It's important to remember, also, that your self-worth is not defined by your circumstances.

 

What holds you back? Take some time today to question the beliefs you hold that limit your potential. If you look at a challenging circumstance as a wall that's impossible to climb, you need a fresh perspective. Within you is everything you need to thrive and excel. The more you question the validity of your limiting beliefs, the more success you'll experience in your life.

 

Think of a circumstance in your life that you believe is preventing you from something you want. Write it down, then get ready to challenge that limiting belief. If you do, you'll begin to move toward the success you deserve.

 

Use these strategies to maintain a positive self-worth, regardless of your circumstances:

 

Find the cause. What is the cause of the circumstance in your life? Sometimes, limiting beliefs can serve as warning signs that help you avoid danger. What can you learn from this so you avoid triggering a similar situation in the future?

 

  • If the cause of your situation is unclear, ask friends and family for their input. Others see your life from a different perspective, and their input can be valuable in determining the root of your difficulty.

 

Get past the blame game. You can often be your own worst critic. Fortunately, negative self-talk often has very little basis in reality. Choose to replace the doubts of your inner critic with more productive thinking.

 

  • Once a negative thought has taught you its intended lesson, it has served its purpose. If you choose to hold onto those negative thoughts, they will begin to form a negative self-image in your mind. This unbalanced view of your talents and strengths holds you back.

 

  • Instead of dwelling on negative thoughts about your circumstances, learn the lesson and resolve to move on. Find out what you can do differently to avoid a repeat of your present situation. Then, when negative thoughts enter your mind, choose to replace your self-talk with productive thoughts instead.

 

Cut yourself some slack. Recognize that you're human. Everyone makes mistakes, but your attitude determines your altitude in life. You are valuable regardless of your present predicament. You are worthwhile even when you slip up or falter. Your circumstances simply provide feedback and an opportunity to learn and grow.

Make the most of it. When you recognize that you're valuable despite your circumstances, you'll begin to make the most of every opportunity. Stumbling blocks you face can become stepping stones to the success you deserve, simply by changing what you focus on.

 

  • Instead of feeling helpless, ask yourself: "What's great about this?" Every situation provides something of value if you look for it.

 

Ask for help. Loved ones and friends often see strengths in you that go without notice. Ask them what they believe your strengths are. This is where your self-worth is found. Everyone has something of value to contribute.

 

  • Once you recognize your unique talents, gifts, and abilities, you'll see life in a whole new way. You'll seek opportunities to use your talents to bless others. You'll gain confidence that comes from conquering challenges that once made you cringe.
  • Instead of allowing your circumstances to dictate who you are, you'll make the rules!

 

Live one day at a time. Despite your best efforts, some days simply provide one frustration after another. When this happens, you have a choice. You can let your circumstances defeat you, or you can choose a more positive perspective.

 

Resolve today to find your strengths, learn from your difficult circumstances, and experience the joy you were created to experience. Instead of tying your self-worth to your circumstances, choose to see things as they really are. You were created with unique talents and gifts. When you find those gifts within yourself and put them to use, you'll know how valuable you truly are. Discovering your sense of self worth inside yourself will go a long way to fortifying you against the negative self talk that goes along with food cravings and addiction.

Avoid Junk Food During Pregnancy – Your Child Will Thank You

Portrait of a happy young pregnant woman with her husbandWe all know that junk food tastes good and that many people even develop a craving for specific foods that can get out of control. It is a cliche that pregnant women might start craving certain foods.

But research also shows that if you are pregnant and indulge in eating junk food, you may be dooming your child to a lifetime of altered brain chemistry.In other words, what you eat really leaves a permanent mark on your child's brain.

What gets affected is the reward pathways of the brain. The ones involved in cravings of all types and for high reward activities like eating or sex. The same pathways that are not functioning normally in drug and alcohol addicts.

Researchers have looked at offspring of rats fed either normal chow or a junk food diet during pregnancy and lactation. They actually looked at the brain chemistry and eating behaviors of the offspring. They found lasting changes in the opioid receptor systems of the brain in those junk food offspring. Brains have natural receptors in them for morphine-like peptide hormones related to regulating the reward centers of the brain.

Even giving a powerful drug to block opioid receptors to the junk food addicted offspring did not work as well to cut their intake of fat and sugar as it did in normal offspring whose mothers had not consumed the junk food.

What does this mean? It reinforces the point that the brain has critical periods of development that specific environmental factors can modify forever. We knew that kind of thing about mothers who might drink alcohol or use addictive drugs during pregnancy, but now we can see that even diet matters. A lot.

So, if you needed a strong motivation to get on top of your food cravings and you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, get help for your food addictions. Give your child a better start in life with a brain that can deal with the world more normally and who is less at risk of becoming a food or even drug addict down the road as they get older.

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How Do You Portray Yourself? Enhance Your Image in 7 Steps For Food Addicts

How Do You Portray Yourself? Enhance Your Image in 7 Steps For Food Addicts

What do you tell people about yourself? Have you ever thought about how what you say about yourself transmits intimate knowledge to others? Do you say things like, “I never get anything done” or “I’m so disappointed with my career” or “I wish I was a better parent?”

The reality is that when you say less-than-positive things about yourself to others, you create an inaccurate image of you in their minds.

Ponder these points to enhance your self-image as well as how others see you:

1. What kind of person are you? How would you describe yourself?

2. List your positive personal qualities. What are the very best things about you?

Spend some time looking at your actions.
Maybe you consider the needs of others over your own.
Perhaps you’re a very giving person.
You might see yourself as patient, kind, confident, or “devil-may-care.”
You could be a pioneer of sorts—you’re never afraid to try something new.
Do you step up to help an elderly neighbor anytime she needs it?
Are you an “idea” person at work where others look to you to problem-solve a situation?

3. What are your motives related to your personal choices? Why do you think it’s important to (fill-in-the-blank)?” Ponder what motivates you to complete a task, stay in shape, and whatever else you came up with related to your positive qualities.

4. Which kind of remarks about yourself do you usually make: positive or negative? If you tend to put yourself down, what compels you to do so? Are you trying to be humble? Do you encourage others to have a negative picture of you?

5. List the negative comments you make to others about yourself. Include all of them—“I’m so fat” or “I can’t seem to find time to clean the house” or “Nobody at work ever notices what I do.” For each comment, allow time to jot down specifically why you believe you say these things.

  • For example, for the “I’m so fat” comment, rather than saying “Because I am” as your reason why you say it, troubleshoot the situation. What specifically makes you feel you’re fat?
  • Your reasoning could look something like, “Because I’m 20 pounds overweight, according to the weight charts” or “because I’m wearing a size 38 pants instead of 34 like I used to wear.”
  • The goal here is to determine the underlying reasons you make these statements. By becoming aware of your reasons, you’ll put yourself on the path to raising your opinion of yourself.

6. Do you want to change something about yourself? If so, what could you do? Decide to change your actions if you want to change your results. Make a plan with achievable steps to your goal.

7. It’s solution time. You can accept the way you are without any more negative statements or you can endeavor to change whatever it is that brings about your comments. If you decide to make a few changes, start now to work toward those goals and have confidence in your ability to change. Your conversations will reveal your new, more positive outlook!

Become the person you want to be by refusing to say anything negative about yourself to others. Share positive experiences with zeal without overdoing it. Through what you say to others, you can re-shape what they (and you) think of you. You’ll discover more happiness, experience more self-respect, and become more comfortable with the incredible person you are!

Make Better Food Choices With The NuVal Nutritional Scoring System

Make Better Food Choices With The NuVal Nutritional Scoring System

If you want to eat healthy but you’re uncertain about which foods to choose, the new NuVal Nutritional Scoring System will make your life easier. Independent health professionals have devised this system that ranks foods by a single number on a scale of 1 to 100. You just pick the higher score if you’re trying to figure out whether cottage cheese or yogurt is better for you.

Understanding NuVal:

1. Learn the background. NuVal was developed by an independent panel of nutritional and medical experts concerned about rising rates of obesity and diabetes. The team included physicians from many major universities.

2. Get familiar with the benefits. If you sometimes find product labels confusing, you may prefer having everything summarized into a single numerical score. Plus, the system covers all kinds of foods and brands.

3. Examine the science. The scores are based on more than 30 distinct nutrients and factors. The data and conclusions come from published scientific studies, the Department of Agriculture and other government agencies.

4. Emphasize favorable factors. The highest scores go to nutrient dense foods. They deliver the good stuff your body needs like vitamins, minerals and fiber without excessive calories.

5. Avoid unfavorable factors. Lower scores warn you about empty calories or high amounts of sugar, sodium and cholesterol. Trans fats are a particular concern because they have a strong link with heart disease.

6. Stay updated. New studies are always adding to our knowledge about the foods we eat and some products get reformulated. NuVal plans to make revisions every two years.

7. See your doctor. NuVal contains general guidelines for everyone over the age of two. Talk with your doctor if you have existing health conditions or other individual concerns that affect your food choices, as these may need to override the NuVal choices.

Using NuVal At The Grocery Store:

1. Check the shelves. NuVal scores are displayed on the price tags on store shelves and on other signage. Their double hexagon emblem makes them easy to spot.

2. Trade up. The cornerstone of the system is trading up. You may find that the store brand outperforms your usual peanut butter.

3. Find the best values. Whole foods often cost more than junk food. NuVal can help you plan balanced meals within your budget by putting nutritional information side by side with prices.

4. Continue your education. Many supermarkets already provide brochures and presentations to help you improve your diet. NuVal adds to that trend and gives you more opportunities to access reliable information with banners, shelf-talkers and other communications.

5. Locate stores near you. A number of major chains are already featuring the NuVal system and more are signing up. You can also find information on the NuVal website, www.nuval.com, or ask your store to consider enrolling.

Using NuVal At Home:

1. Reconsider fad diets. Restrictive diets often leave you feeling deprived, and many people gain back more weight than they lose. One of the advantages of NuVal is that it promotes a healthy way of eating you can follow each day for life.

2. Try new recipes. The NuVal website also offers free recipes full of ideas for trading up. Learn how to slim down your desserts and sandwiches.

3. Adopt a healthy lifestyle. Remember the other lifestyle elements you need to complement smart eating. Get plenty of good quality sleep, stay physically active and get regular medical check-ups.

NuVal is a simple tool that can help you select nutrient dense foods. Even small changes in the way you eat can have a dramatic impact in helping you to stay fit and lower your risk for diabetes and other health conditions.`