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Eating For Life
Eating is an essential part of life. We cannot sustain life for long without eating, so it is important that we take the time to learn how to eat well in order to have the best life possible.
Our views of eating and the eating practices we adopt will affect our lives and our health in significant ways in the months and years ahead. Eating well can literally change everything.
It’s All About Balance
Eating can be both a blessing and a curse. Many people struggle with eating because they don’t know how, or are for some reason unable, to keep their eating habits in balance.
Because of this, some individuals end up eating too little or eating too much and end up suffering from health-related consequences because of it.
We all have heard of at least some of the dangers of not eating enough food. You may even have at least one friend or relative that struggles with an eating disorder of some kind or is following a fad diet that has the scale results they crave but also comes with obvious health repercussions that they appear to be unable to see.
Other individuals struggle with eating too much. Eating more food than we need to live is something that the majority of people, at least in the West, struggle with. Eating is associated with most kinds of social activities and events and therefore people learn to eat for reasons other than to satisfy hunger or prolong their health. Eating becomes a way to experience pleasure or to numb the pains of life.
Whether someone is eating too much or too little, a common occurrence is that they are fixated with food and you may notice that they think about or talk about food almost constantly. They just cannot seem to get a grip on their eating patterns and they are unhealthy because of it.
The bottom line is that whether people struggle with eating too little or with indulging in too much food, they are not using food in ways that are healthy and life-promoting. Eating, while it is definitely meant to bring people pleasure and satisfaction, is primarily to be a means of sustaining a healthy life. Our problems begin anytime eating is neglected or indulged in beyond what is necessary.
Take a look at your eating patterns. You may be surprised to see that you have established unhealthy eating habits over the years. Perhaps your schedule for each day is centered around when you can have meals or a snack. If so, there is a high chance that food has become a bit too high of a priority. Anytime that your thoughts are consumed with food, whether with restraining yourself from it or with consuming more of it, you are thinking of eating and of food in unhealthy ways.
Giving eating a rightful place in our lives without allowing it to become consuming is the key. Make an effort to keep your perspective about eating balanced and healthy. Your life will be better and longer because of it.
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