You are not alone if you have ever questioned your eating style. But you would be part of a minority if you decided to change your food choices because you felt the foods were not healthy. Perhaps you allowed yourself to indulge too much, and your health started to take a hit. One weekend of poor eating can make you reflect on your diet because it feels uncomfortable to add extra weight, especially around your abdominal area. And it does become a concern when you allow your health to decline due to poor food choices.
You will also be part of a minority if you wondered about why you are eating. Most people eat because their appetite tells them. While this is a sign someone’s desire for food is fully functional, it can be a sign lack of control exists. It’s very costly to allow your appetite to govern your eating behavior because it knows no limits. Even if you have had enough to eat it will ask for more because as far as it is concerned, overeating is better than undereating.
Which brings us to the following question: why exactly do you eat? If it is mostly to satisfy your instinctual hunger, you are doing fine. But if you are letting yourself get carried away often and you eat to fill an emotional purpose, unfortunately, you are not eating for the right reason.
Overeating is something that rarely happens if you have a healthy eating plan in place. If you stick to two daily meals with a healthy snack in between, it is genuinely difficult to overeat. As long as you are eating slowly and drinking plenty of water so you don’t think you are hungry when you are thirsty, it will be easier to keep yourself below your caloric limits. It is rare to crave more when you are already full and, in that case, it would be an eating disorder.
On the other hand, overeating is something that frequently happens when you do not have a healthy eating plan in place. When you eat several small meals a day and then eat a large dinner to boot, you are likely going to eat over your caloric limit. If you eat because you are bored or because it’s a habit to snack when watching TV, you are failing to stay disciplined. While we all deserve a treat, allowing yourself to get carried away consistently is a recipe for disaster.
When you start eating for the right reasons, health complications such as obesity and Type 2 diabetes are seldom a reality. And if they already are, healthy eating is the number one method to treat them.
Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.