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    5 Steps to a Healthier You

    When you say, “I care about myself, and I am becoming the person I was meant to be;  I like what God has created, and I am a person who is losing weight permanently,” then a wonderful world of self-acceptance begins to unfold. The book of ancient wisdom reminds us that as a person thinks in his heart, so he is. That’s a very old saying, but no less true today than when it was written.

    Think good thoughts of yourself. Never put yourself down. What you think, you are. Your subconscious hears it all and believes it all. Treat it with respect. It is one of the most important parts of something called YOU.

    Ultimately, all these positive thoughts can and should lead to positive action:

    1. Change the way you eat. Eat a healthy breakfast every day and cut down on the fat in your diet. Engage in an activity you enjoy for 15 minutes each day. The only rule is to move your body. Start drinking water and eliminate all sodas and diet drinks. And put your scale away.  Do all this for 30 days, then weigh yourself.

    2. Begin a confidential journal that describes your innermost feelings. In your journal or notebook, take a daily inventory about how you feel about the three deadly emotions that must be dealt with by people who lose weight permanently: anger, fear, and guilt. You are not writing an essay for anyone else. These are your personal expressions. Write on these areas for one month.

    3. Begin using the proper dietary supplements (not diet pills) to help you nourish your body, which may have been too long deprived of proper nutrients. Choose supplements from a source that you trust. It’s important that these supplements are designed specifically for people in recovery. If you are under the care of a physician for a particular medical condition, check with him or her before beginning the supplements.

    4. Examine your emotional health. Studies indicate that 80 percent of people with eating disorders have been a victim of some form of abuse. If you experienced abuse, it may have been verbal, sexual, emotional, or physical. Write down your thoughts on your past. How have past events pushed you toward food? How can you best deal with that past and join those who lose weight permanently? If your abuse was long-term or extreme, we strongly suggest you make an appointment with a professional counselor.

    5. Read and listen. Fortunately, there are some great books and audio available to help you get on track to permanent weight loss through healthy, balanced nutrition. These are not diet materials, nor are they intended to foster guilt or create shame. I highly recommend:

    Eat Smart, Think Smart by Robert Haas

    The Psychology of Living Lean by Denis Waitley

    Graham Kerr’s Kitchen by Graham Kerr

    Thin Tastes Better by Stephen P. Gullo

    Dr. Cookie Cookbook by Marvin A. Wayne, M.D.

    Wellness Medicine by Robert A. Anderson

    Of course, I also suggest the book from which the material for this blog post is drawn — my own book, Losing Weight Permanently: Secrets From the 2 Percent Club.

    SOURCE: Chapter 6, “A Nutritional Plan that Really Works,” in Losing Weight Permanently by Gregory L. Jantz, PhD., founder of The Center for Counseling and Health Resources Inc.

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