Thursday, 21 June 2012

Day # 5

So this is the fifth day in my so-called 365 day diet plan. For today, I didn't eat pork, which is good. I also haven't drank any soda during the past few days. I still haven't been eating real healthy but I think it's an okay start. I'm at a wobbly point and if I could just get on with it in a few weeks time then I'm sure I'll be shedding some dead skin cells as well as some excess weight and toxins.

If you really want to be super duper healthy and you want to lose pounds then I suggest that you go Vegan. I've recently figured out what the difference of a Vegan is to a Vegetarian. So a Vegan is someone who eats pure organic food that is not produced by any animal. Vegans would eat pure vegetable and fruit products; while a vegetarian would eat meat but not pork or beef or chicken (?) Just correct me if I'm wrong.

I suggest you try it out. If you're not one for the fruits and vegetables, then go for lean meat and fish. But do remember that fresh fruits and vegetables added to your diet can make you even healthier.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

It's pretty hard

So I think it's been about four days now since I started this blog and since I said that I would be on the road to health. But I gotta be honest with you guys, it really isn't easy. Sure, you could buy all the things you need to get you on track but then what if you don't have time or a lot of money to do so?

It's pretty ironic that I'm the one asking that question when I'm supposed to be the one giving you answers. Well, I'm sorry to disappoint whoever is reading this.

Here's the best advice I could give to you: Do not follow what I do. Or maybe don't even follow what other people do. Use them only as a guide for you to become or to achieve whoever you want to be. Learn from other people's mistakes, such as mine.

And here's a tip: Before really starting on this kind of diet, a diet to a healthier you, be sure that you stock up on the things that you would need so that you won't have anymore excuses to not become healthier.

Monday, 18 June 2012

It Starts TODAY! [Supposedly]

So, I was supposed to start on my 365 Days Diet Agenda today, but it turned out that I forgot to tell our helper to not buy pork when she goes to the wet market. And I watched a movie today so I ate a Wendy's Bacon Mushroom Burger and greasy fries. I didn't drink soda though, so that's sort of the good part.

The happenings of today made me realize that you can't just get on with a diet. You gradually start on it. You can't expect to eat healthy all of a sudden; as the saying goes, "Old habits die hard." Yes, eating unhealthy is a habit; it is something that we learn to do overtime. As a BS Psychology graduate, I have learned that people can learn through acquiring knowledge from experiences.

One reason that we may be eating unhealthy is because we get satisfaction by the taste of a big fat juicy, cheesy, greasy, savory, salty, cheeseburger or whatever food that is we crave that isn't doing any good to our bodies. Well, these foods aren't totally evil; I mean, they fill us up when we're hungry so isn't that something good? People learn from a what Skinner dubbed as Positive Reinforcement.

Positive reinforcement is a stimuli (e.g. an object which in our case would be food) wherein it reinforces or strengthens a behavior over a period of time. Using a case of hunger as a concrete example, hunger would be the 'situation' wherein it would need to be satisfied. What we all usually do when we are hungry is to eat, and most of us eat the unhealthy things because it's easier to get. After eating the unhealthy food, we feel satisfaction because our hunger has gone away. So over a period of time the unhealthy food becomes the stimuli which reinforces the behavior of satisfaction which could result to us being obese and very unhealthy.
[I hope I explained that one correctly haha I'll be a shame to the Psychology Community if I didn't get to explain that well. Pardon me, if in case, I didn't explain it well enough. I'll publish another entry soon to get things straightened out.]

Anyway, as a conclusion to this entry... You don't have to force yourself to eat healthy. Start gradually as to not shock your body.

Share your thoughts with me, just leave a comment in the comment box. :) Let's go through this journey together.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

What This Blog is All About

This blog entitled The 365 Day Diet Plan isn't all about being skinny or how to lose those extra pounds or looking like those top models you see on runways all around the world. This blog is about being healthy. Finding out ways that can make you feel better about yourself. Being on a diet doesn't mean that you have to starve yourself or deprive yourself of things that society dubs as fattening. Being on a diet means having self-control; controlling what and when to eat and being able to push yourself to physical limits that you've never thought you could achieve.

This blog aims to share all the things that I will go through in the next three hundred and sixty-five days of my life. I know it's late for this one to become a New Year's Resolution sort of thing, but hey who says that you have to start on the 1st of January?

You might wonder why I'm doing this to myself or why I'm even posting it online. Am I overweight? Am I obese? Don't I have to do anything with my life? Who am I? Am I worth your time? Well, all I can really tell you is that I'm Asian, I'm a Filipino, I'm 5 foot 2 inches, I weigh at around 120 pounds or roughly around 54 kilos, and my BMI is so far Normal. I'm doing this because I want to be healthy. I want to be able to walk and run long distances without having to pant or be short of breath. I want to share this to all of you because I believe that we can find strength in each other. Yeah, strength. Being healthy all by yourself isn't easy. Sometimes you rely on other people so that you could know what to do.

So, what am I going to do in the next 365 days of my life to be healthy? Well, for one, I did this list on how I could become healthier. I suggest you make one too. Let's see how different we feel. As Dora the Explorer says: "Come on! Vamanos! Everybody Let's Go!"