Food is your enemy! Well, not so much your enemy as your adversary. Food is what stands
between you and the new, slimmer, trimmer you that you want to become. Once you learn that
safe and permanent weight loss and health require a combination of regular moderate exercise
and healthy diet, you can begin to focus on training and healthy eating.

This transition to healthy eating requires understanding your relationship with food and your
struggle with food as you transition to a healthier, more natural eating plan. Here are three
things you need to know that will help in your struggle with food:

1. Food Cravings – We often want what we can’t have. Even more so when we are “dieting”
and depriving ourselves of foods we long for (crave). Cravings are either physical and
psychological, as an example, if you are craving salty foods, this may be your body’s signal that
you need salt. Cravings for sugar can be both physical and psychological, it could be a signal
that your blood glucose (sugar) is low, or it could be a signal sent by your brain that you “need”
a sugar fix to feed the addiction.

Healthy Tip: You must decide which foods you truly need versus those you crave purely for
satisfaction. Hint, you do not need the Twinkie, donut or cola. Find healthy alternatives, choose
almonds, a banana or apple, string cheese or enjoy a hot cup of herbal tea instead.

2. Stress Eating – You’re late for work, traffic is crazy, your boss is a jerk, sound familiar? We
live in a stress filled world and that stress manipulates the hormone and neurotransmitter levels
in your brain. Signals are sent, cravings initiated and as a result, you eat. Unfortunately, stress
eating often involves sugar, it is what your brain wants most, and easily manipulates you into
satisfying.

Healthy Tip: Deal with your stress. Stress is often the real cause of your overeating and food
obsession. To avoid overeating and battle these inner cravings, you must find alternative ways
to cope with your stress. Once you start stress eating, it is difficult to stop and soon leads to…

3. Emotional Eating – We are conditioned from childhood to associate good times with good
food, but often these associations are not healthy food choices. We celebrate with icing covered
cakes, on birthdays we top the sugar with ice cream. We party with stacks of pizza and beer,
binge watch with bags of chips and enjoy movies with tubs of artificially flavored popcorn and
colas.

Healthy Tip: When you are sad, depressed, or angry, you may turn to food to help you feel
better. Comfort foods are rarely healthy foods. Learn to deal with emotions or celebrate
successes with healthy alternatives other than “treats”, try a spa day or similar reward instead.