Weight Loss Journey: Behavior Change #3

You can guess the behavior change this week by the picture. Behavior change number 3 is to say goodbye to junk food and food-like substances. I admit, this is the hardest step to make. That is why we started with education and adding in good stuff. Now the journey gets harder.

People react defensively when things are taken away from them. They usually react by doing the exact opposite of what they are supposed to be doing. I say no fast food, you have it for dinner. I say no ice cream, you buy a gallon. It’s human nature. We don’t like to be deprived. In scientific history, deprivation means starvation, means death.

Today, we have access to unlimited food, drink, and food-like substances (which we will define in a minute).

But this isn’t taking anything away from you… except fat, pounds, and inches. This is taking away medications for high cholesterol and triglycerides, clearing your skin, giving you a higher metabolism, taking away headaches, body aches, cramps, and pains. This is taking away plaque from your arteries so your blood and oxygen can flow freely.  This is taking away the thought, “Why am I so fat? Can I ever look that good? What is stopping me?”

You are stopping you. Only You can change your lifestyle and You can’t depend on anyone. Not your bestfriend to come with you to the gym, not your mom to cook you the right foods, not an expensive meal plan that ships you the right meals everyday. I’m here to help you get through this, but YOU have to dedicate yourself and decide to change your life right now.

Take out the junk food. Clean out your kitchen. And stop thinking you need it to survive.

You can donate unopened and unspoiled foods to a nearby church.

What is junk food? 

Processed, simple carbs, foods with preservatives, sugary snacks, candy:

  • white flour
  • white bread
    • Anything with Enriched Bleached Flour, Enriched Flour, Wheat Flour (Same as white flour)
  • sugary cereals
  • boxed bars (Poptarts, granola bars, protein bars)
  • chips
  • soda
  • cookies
  • crackers with any preservatives or sugar
  • canned goods that have added ingredients (like Boston Baked Beans, Clam Chowder, Pie filling, etc.)
  • ice cream
  • sugary yogurts
  • whole milk
  • milk chocolate (Dark chocolate with min. 70% cacao is O.K)
  • candy
  • sugary condiments (ketchup, bbq sauce, fake maple syrup)
  • cheese (unless lite)
  • sausage
  • processed meats (lunch meat, frozen chicken fingers, etc)

Basically, if you can’t pick it from the ground, or kill it with a gun, take it out.

If it doesn’t spoil in two weeks, then it probably isn’t good for you, except for things like this:

  • dry quinoa
  • dry or canned organic beans
  • dry legumes
  • stone ground whole wheat
  • rolled oats
  • organic spices (Seasoning salt is not a spice! The first ingredients are salt+sugar.)
  • organic canned soups
  • molasses
  • stevia
  • etc.

Now that your kitchen is clean, you are not allowed to bring that crap back in the house. If you feel the need to eat something that is junky, buy a single serving and enjoy it outside of your home. Your kitchen is now a sanctuary and you’re not allowed to taint it!

What is a Food-Like Substance?

A food-like substance is something that pretends to be food, but is just processed, chemically-altered, factory produced, edible substances. Just because it’s edible, doesn’t mean you should eat it. I say:

If it’s a plant: Eat it. If’ it’s made in a plant: Don’t!

All those substances you see on TV are made super cheaply by people who don’t care about your health and only care about money. If it needs to have a label that says its healthy, it’s not. Does an apple have a label that says it’s good for you? No, it doesn’t need it. Does a FiberOne bar have a label that says it good for you? Yes, because it needs it. Isn’t fiber healthy? NOT IF IT COMES FROM A FACTORY! Don’t feed into marketing bullshit. Get real, and get real food. You know what has all the fiber you need in a day? Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Not a sugary, processed, chemically-altered FiberOne bar that will stop up your digestion! Learn this now, and forget all that crap and all those “health-claims.”

ORGANIC PRODUCE DOESN’T NEED A HEALTH CLAIM: YOU KNOW IT IS HEALTHY. Remember this, throw out the crap, and begin your weight loss journey correctly.

Email me if you need help: NicoleDavidsohn AT Gmail.com

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