Is there currently a purpose that drives your eating plan? Most people eat not only because they have to, but to satisfy particular cravings. While there is nothing wrong with this, any desire that involves the appetite must be tempered. If self-control were not an issue for many people, we would not be seeing the epidemic of obesity and Type 2 diabetes like we do today.

Not all facts are kind. But they can shed light on certain truths. If you are struggling with your body weight or blood sugar levels, all you may need are a few simple diet changes. Pick up some positive habits, eliminate harmful ones, and it is just a matter of time until your health is back on the “right” track.

Do you eat with a particular purpose? If you do not, it may be a chance to reevaluate your goals. No matter your age, sex, or current health status, you need to define your objectives. Mainly, you should be eating with the purpose of completing your health.

There are several reasons for this. If you start paying close attention to your food choices and ensure there is an explanation for everything you consume, you will be taking preventive action. By eating healthily, you will be …

  • limiting weight gain,
  • reducing your blood sugar, and
  • supplying your body with the best nutrients.

It requires proper judgment and discipline to eat well, but this is a skill that can be learned.

Ask yourself why you are eating the foods you do. For example, toast with cream cheese – do you really believe it's a healthy way to start your day or is it just an excuse for breakfast? If you feel an urge to kick-start your morning with something light, there is always room for improvement. Perhaps you could use whole-grain bread and cream cheese low in fat since the regular kind is highly caloric. Or use a peanut butter spread for the healthy fats instead for a healthy alternative.

Fast foods. Is temporary satisfaction worth considering the regret you will feel afterwards? If you are looking to lose weight, cooking something simple when you are home is worth the time and effort. Save the tasty fast meals for those rare occasions.

Dessert. Do you need to eat ice cream as often as you do, or can you eat fruit instead? Save ice cream for the weekend, and get into the habit of satisfying your sweet tooth with something that complements your health.

At the end of the day, having a purpose matters. Eating aimlessly, or being being different about your efforts to change your eating style, is not going to help you. If you care about your well-being, you are going to ask yourself more often – why that particular food choice? And then change your selection if necessary to give you the results that will lead to lower blood sugar levels and weight loss.

Your health is your most precious resource, so commit to it.