By: Jeremy Koerber
Sharks were a hot topic on our vacation the last two weeks. Mom and Dad enjoyed watching the kids splash in the gulf (while cautiously watching for dorsal fins in the surf) and the kids were full of questions:
Where to sharks live?
How big do sharks get?
What do they eat?
When do they eat?
How much do they eat?
The question “why do they eat” popped up and the answer is simple; because they’re hungry. Answering these questions helped seem to calm the kids fears about playing in the ocean but it prompted another thought in our heads that sharks apparently have this whole eating thing down to a science. When they are hungry, they eat.
One of the first things I will ask a new client is to describe their eating habits. Almost 100% of the time the answer begins with “I don’t think my eating habits are that bad; I’d say they are pretty good.” With that statement I begin to ask more questions and quickly determine that what the client describes as “pretty good” is actually pretty bad and the number one culprit is mindless eating or eating when they are not hungry.
I am no expert but I do watch Shark Week on Discovery Channel and to my knowledge, I have never watched any program that leads me to believe that sharks eat due to boredom or emotion. It is simply to put fuel in their body so they can swim, go shark poo, make baby sharks and ultimately, find more food. No self-respecting great white is going to gorge themselves on a seal because they had a bad day or they can’t think of anything to do. Humans on the other hand are masters of this craft.
For many, food is comfort or entertainment and it is a dangerous mindset. You should absolutely enjoy your food but think of what you consume for what it really is; fuel to keep your body going and you doing the things you love to do.
I cannot tell you the number of clients who have dropped weight rather quickly when they understood, embraced and put in to practice the concept of eating only when hungry. 99% of people wanting to lose weight believe exercise will be the vehicle to smaller waistlines but truthfully, it is food intake.
Understanding that food is fuel seems to be the catalyst that jump starts their weight loss and keeps the weight off permanently.
How can you get started? Our suggestion is to first become aware of:
When you eat
What you eat
Why you eat
Where you eat
Once you have generated awareness of these questions you can begin to develop a healthier mindset when it comes to food and how you eat.
If you need help figuring out your eating habits, wish to lose weight or just get healthier, we can help.
Call us at 314-807-8634 and start your journey today.
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