17 Healthy Eating Quotes to Keep You Motivated - Part II

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In the first part of this article, we shared 9 great healthy eating quotes to inspire and motivate you in making positive lifestyle changes.  Below are 8 more, along with a few positive thoughts to help cement the concepts in your mind.

“You don’t get ulcers from what you eat. You get them from what’s eating you.” - Vicki Baum

Okay, well, technically, bacteria plays a part in ulcers, but you get the gist of this quote. Stress is a major cause of poor health and contributes to the formation of excess body weight, especially in the abdomen.  While improving the quality of your diet is still a good idea, keep in mind that the thoughts you think also have a powerful effect on your body.  While you’re taking care to put healthy foods in your body, also take care to put healthy thoughts in your head.

See: 12 Signs Of Being Stressed Out and 2 Things You Can Do To Fight It

“To avoid sickness eat less; to prolong life worry less.” - Chu Hui Weng

Our modern world has become obsessed with huge portions; have you noticed that?  Eating less is one of the easiest ways to start losing weight and improving your health.  That doesn’t mean you have to starve - just don’t stuff yourself to the gills when you eat a meal or snack!  Take less than half of the amount of food you think you can eat, and you may be surprised to realize that you feel completely satisfied.  Not stuffed, but no longer hungry either.  Oh, and put your mind on the same reducing diet when it comes to worry and negativity.  Talk about feeling lighter inside and out!

“The body is the soul’s house.  Shouldn’t we therefore take care of our house so that it doesn’t fall into ruin?” - Philo

Many of us start health plans because we want to look better.  We focus on being able to wear a certain size clothing, or see a special number when we step on the scale.  There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look good, but sometimes looking a little deeper can help us stay committed to our new healthy habits.  Taking good care of our bodies also helps us live richer, more meaningful, and even more spiritual lives.

“He who takes medicine and neglects to diet wastes the skill of his doctors.” - Chinese Proverb

The world is full of people who are taking dozens of medications unnecessarily.  Oh, the medicine is definitely necessary to manage their health conditions - except that many of those conditions would disappear if the people would simply change their habits.  High blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, sleep apnea, heart disease - many of these ailments are directly related to obesity and resolve themselves with a change in lifestyle habits.

“I tell my retreat students that they need to remember two things: to eat what they want when they’re hungry and to feel what they feel when they’re not.” - Geneen Roth

Emotional eating is a huge problem for many people who are overweight.  Following a traditional diet for these people may not be enough because they are in the habit of “stuffing their feelings”.  If this resonates with you, start exploring ways you can better express your feelings rather than trying to smother them with food.  If necessary, seek out a qualified therapist who can help guide you.

See: End Emotional Overeating: Get to the Root of the Cause

“Health and cheerfulness naturally beget each other.” - Joseph Addison

When you have a positive attitude, taking good care of your health becomes much easier.  And when you feel good physically, being cheerful is also much easier.  It’s all connected.

“The wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings. Let food be your medicine.” – Hippocrates

As previously mentioned, food really can be a form of medicine, bringing the body back into balance and clearing health problems.  If you want to turn this insight into an art, start researching the power of nutrition in health and healing and apply what you learn in your own life.

“Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.” - Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

You are what you eat!  That doesn’t mean you’ll turn into a cheeseburger if you eat too many of them.  But it does mean that your body will reflect the QUALITY of the foods you eat most often.  Eat a lot of junk food, and your body will feel and look junky.  Eat foods rich in vitamins and nutrients, and your body will glow with vibrant health.

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