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Eat To Live Or Live To Eat?

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This answers a lot of questions…

I just started a new workout program and I’m toying with a new twist to my diet that I’m *hoping* will yield some awesome results…without making me feel like I’ve changed many habits.

I’ll definitely keep you posted on that.  I don’t want to give you too much info now because it’s very much in its infancy and I don’t want to throw a bunch of information out there without testing things on some clients and myself before sharing it.

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Now, on with the show!
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If, like most folks, you have trouble knowing what to eat, when to eat, if you should eat at night, blah, blah, blah…

First chill out and relax.

The truth is it’s not as difficult as many so-called “experts” will have you believe.  It really comes down to making the right decisions most of the time and doing whatever the hell you want a little bit of the time…easier said than done, I know.

It’s just food so there’s no need to get yourself all wound up.  Just chill out.

Relaxed?

No?

We’ll work on the relaxed part later, but here’s a very simple little tip you can put into action that will help you in determining what to eat – which is by far the most important factor.

Ask yourself this question – “After I’m done eating this, how will it make me feel?

The reason I started that out with “After I’m done…” is because it takes the emotional eating and comfort eating out of the equation.

How Will It Make You Feel?

How Will It Make You Feel?

When you eat because you’re stressed – or whatever your reason is for eating like crap – the actual eating makes you feel good…

…At least for a few minutes and then you feel like crap because you just ate an entire bag of Oreo’s or cut people off trying to swing your car into the drive-thru to get Super-Sized.

But when you actually stop yourself before you indulge and ask yourself that question it will let you remember what you’ve felt like in the past after eating poorly and will bring those emotions to the front of your mind and will at least make you think twice about what you’re about to eat.

Is that overly simplistic?

Absolutely!

And that’s the point!

So just chill out, relax and ask yourself that 1 simple question before you eat your next meal and snacks and you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to change your mindset and your habits.

So what do you think?  Is that simple enough?

Do you have any tricks you’d like to share?

Leave a comment below.

Have an awesome day!

The Fit Dad

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Ed Scow, also known as "The Fit Dad", likes long walks on the beach, snuggling, hand stand push-ups and pretending to work. He's also a fitness & nutrition expert, proud papa and husband to a smokin' hot wifey.

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Comments (4)

  • Dani

    Great tip. Thanks Ed.

    Unfortunately I have no tips to share given that I’ve got a few lbs to lose!

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  • Jim

    good stuff my man.

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  • Donna

    Just the sort of eating out info I’ve been after. Glad I found your blog, I’ll be checking back often. Donna Xxxx

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  • Kelly G

    Nice work Ed, read your facebook post and that led me to your facebook wall and then this website. Very impressive writing and great advice. I guess the two of us were the only ones working out with weights before our senior year in high school football. Nice job taking that to a whole new level. I’m still lifting weekly but in a bit of a rut with food and exercise. Great advice that I’m going to try out. Take care!

    Kelly G

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