Signs of changes in my diet, or lack of one, recently popped out at me in many different ways. A browse through the government nutrition site helped me realize my diet was getting out of control. I finally started to take notice to some rather disturbing signs. A change was necessary. These signs will help you know it is time for something new also.
1. Check your own recycling bin. In my opinion, the easiest advice to follow is to take a quick look in your recycle bin. I was horrified by seeing one week’s worth of Dorito wrappers, soda cans, and giant bags of pretzels practically overflowing in my giant recycling bin. There was no need for expensive doctors to tell me that isn’t right.
2. Increased grumpiness. My late night peanut butter and cheese sandwiches were delicious every time I ate them. They were putting me into a state of bliss and relaxation for about the first fifteen minutes. Excessive junk food can be just as detrimental to your mood as under-eating according to the US government council on nutrition. Luckily, I had some good friends that took notice in this problem for me.
3. Drinking more diet soda becomes a goal. My diet fell so far out of control that I had to start setting a goal. My goal was to start drinking diet soda instead of regular soda. This was especially terrible because I never used to drink any soda. Kidney problems are just one of the many dangers of diet soda reported recently on healthylivingmsn.com.
4. Decreased appetite. The US government recommends we actually eat 4-6 small servings per day. I noticed a drastic drop-off in my appetite. I used to always be very diligent about eating small meals throughout the day. My appetite was normally very high. This kept my appetite very high. The loss of appetite for me helped me realize I was eating lousy food. It was because I didn’t even want to eat what I was putting in my body.
5. You start complaining how big you look on camera. Much of my early 20’s and 30’s found me looking forward to seeing pictures of myself. I normally had girls commenting on how much it looked like I was exercising. The last year saw such a dramatic decline in my physical appearance. I was starting to actually hide pictures that I looked too fat in.
Additional sources: http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/