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Mind Tricks Will Help You Eat Healthier

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Why does anyone do anything?

It's either to increase pleasure, or avoid pain. That is scientifically proven. They teach this important fact in advertising school.

So, if you now know that is how your mind works, how can you use this knowledge to reach your goals?

For most of your life, healthy eating has been associated with pain. You think of eating food that tastes bad, right?


I can tell you til I turn blue standing on a stack of bibles that its not true – but its going to be a hard sell – isn't it? You're just not going to believe me until you try it for yourself – and that just may be a cold day in you know where.

But, if tomorrow you walk up the stairs and you're short of breath and your heart is pounding out of your chest – now you might start thinking, “what did she say about eating healthier?”

Now the fear of pain is more real for you – and you want to avoid it. You don't want to have a heart attack.

NOW you start thinking about all the things you read about all the toxins in foods, and fat and salt and sugar and, and, and. Your head is racing trying to find the answer to what to do to avoid having that heart attack – quick!

You may not have even really noticed that you don't have the energy to play with your kids, or your grandkids.

You may not have realized that you've been letting things slip around the house because you just don't feel up to it.

Oh sure, you know that you've gained weight, but hasn't everyone? That's normal, right? You don't like it, but you've been led to believe that its too hard, even impossible to change that.

And your joints hurt, but you attribute that to just getting older.

Its not until you have that one moment that's a real wake-up call to what's coming that you really start to get serious.

What if there were a way to change your thinking before you have a terrifying event?

Now I don't want you walking around thinking you're going to have a heart attack or convinced that you're going to get cancer. That way of thinking is not healthy either. Some scientists believe that you can actually bring on disease by thinking that way.

So what else can we do?

When I was growing up, a lot of the foods people eat now had a real stigma.

Only poor people ate 'instant' foods. Nobody would serve that nasty cheap stuff to their families, and certainly never, never to company.

Potato chips were what you got with your sandwich if your couldn't afford fries.

Only kids drank pop. As you grew into an adult and had more refined tastes you drank coffee, iced tea, and alcohol. Even rum and coke was for 'kids'. I'm not condoning drinking – that's just the way it was.

And I don't care how you package it, but drinking another animals body fluids always grossed me out. Especially thick fluids that make your mucus thicker. And now there's all sort of chemicals, hormones, antibiotics and puss in it? No way I'm touching that! Yeah, I'm talking about milk.

Those kinds of thoughts have stuck with me to this day. But I'm finding that those thoughts aren't strong enough for most people because they don't connect with your experience. So I came up with a few thoughts that you can relate to.

Here are some Rebel Mind Tricks that will stick with you, and change the way you look at the food you're about to eat.

The next time you go to eat something where the grease covers your fingers, or even drips down your hand – think of what that grease would look like in a frying pan on your stove in an hour. Picture that gooey mess. Is that what you want running through your body?

The next time you sit down to eat a really big chicken breast, ask yourself how in the world that chicken got breasts bigger than yours? How many growth hormones did that chicken have to eat to get boobs that big?

What do aching joints and wool sweaters have in common? Think about how an old wool sweater feels against your skin. How itchy and irritating it is. That's what whole wheat and milk do to your joints, just irritating them to no end.

The next time you go to bite into a fake food, think of the veggie pets post and how far they are willing to go to mutate your foods. Appetizing, isn't it?

Girls – we've all had that lazy boyfriend sitting on the couch with his feet on the coffee table, drinking a beer and wanting to know what you're making for dinner. That fast food meal is just like him. It does nothing for you and completely drains you.

Now think about a cool refreshing glass of cranberry juice. Oh how good it feels as it removes plaque from your teeth and arteries, and rushes to sooth those irritated joints, and flush nasty toxins out of your kidneys.

Ever notice how broccoli kind of looks like pac-man? It acts like it too – chasing excess hormones and other toxins out of your system.

Like onions and garlic? My grandfather always used to say that if you ate onions and garlic, you'd never have cancer. My daughter had heard that so many times in her life, she's even telling her friends.

Got a big meeting tomorrow? Picture yourself on top of your game. Now eat food that will provide you energy and clear thinking.

The next time you're going to spend half a fortune on some miracle anti-again creams, think about buying a cantaloupe and getting enough sleep instead. You'll be able to buy a new car with the money you save.

How about you? Can you come up with some mind tricks?


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