Many friends have come to me saying that they really want to lose weight but can’t part with their favorite sugary or salty foods. They can’t live without their “daily fix” of candy bars, soda, chips, vanilla lattes, whatever. These foods are high in sugar and sodium and are highly addictive (I like to call them nemesis foods). Anyone who has said “oh but I can’t give up my soda” (when they consume 2-3 per day) or “I need that third bowl of cereal to live” has a food addiction. My answer to these friends and everyone who has ever asked this question is: if you want to lose weight and keep it off, you have to stop consuming your nemesis foods on a daily basis. This takes a lot of mental and physical restraint. It’s a battle, for sure. Believe me, I know. But that’s the first step. Your mind has to be in the right place. If you’re mind isn’t prepared to give something up, then you’ve already set yourself up for failure. It’s the same as the mental preparation you have to go through before jumping off the diving board or going on a roller coaster for the first time. You have to be ready, and you really have to want to obtain your goal. Ask yourself, what’s more important? My health? Or drinking this third venti vanilla latte with whole milk?
Try supplementing any cravings with some fresh squeezed juice or a whole piece of fruit, or a small exquisite piece of organic dark chocolate (check the sugar count first). You’ll be eating or drinking something that’s good for you instead. Once you’ve successfully decreased the intake of your nemesis food, congratulate yourself! You’re winning the battle! Be proud of your start, and keep going! Why turn back when your health is in your hands? After a while (it will take some time) the food addiction to your nemesis food will be gone and a healthier habit will be instated. Trust me, you will feel tons better on a mental and physical level.