American FlagHappy Fourth of July! If you’re in the States I wish you a safe, healthy, Fearless Fit and FUN holiday weekend, and if you’re not in the States I wish the same thing for you – it doesn’t have to be a holiday for you to treat yourself with love, respect, and good health after all.

Make a Stand – Declare Your Independence

Let’s go back in time to one year ago today when I wrote about declaring your independence from overweight on the Fourth of July – I’m recommending the exact same thing to you today! Why not go ahead declare your independence from food addiction today? Time sure does fly and it’s already been a whole year since I wrote about this topic so there’s no better time than the present to get off those processed foods filled with the sugar, white flour, unhealthy fats, MSG, and various other chemicals, additives, and preservatives.

Processed Foods – Oh so Tasty to Keep Ya Comin’ Back!

Hey, it’s just the way it is – processed and fast foods are manufactured to be addictive, to be uber tasty, and to keep ya comin’ back for more. I honestly don’t think I’m the only human on Earth who has been caught in the cycle of food addiction and compulsive overeating when living on a diet filled with processed foods and I don’t think you’d be interested in Fearless Fat Loss if you didn’t have a problem with compulsive overeating, sugar addiction, overweight, binging, and all of the pieces of the puzzle that play into this issue (yeah, your thoughts and emotions play a huge role, too).

One thing I can tell you from my own experience though, is that when I stick with the unprocessed foods, regular foods like lean chicken breasts, fruits, veggies, and complex carbs (I drink at least 100oz of water a day, too), I don’t crave food. And when you have the necessary tools to maintain your weight loss mindset, which is the Most Important ingredient to long term weight maintenance, then any issues that might crop up in your mind can be easily shifted.

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Emotional Hunger is Not Physical Hunger

Remember that emotional hunger and emotional cravings are not the same as physical cravings, but the thing is this – In the past I did find it extremely hard to say no to the emotional cravings when I had the processed food ingredients in my system – the sugar, excess salt, MSG, white flour, that stuff plays on your body chemistry and when you add your negative thoughts and emotions on top of the pile, well it’s quite hard to say no to compulsive overeating then – at least that’s been my experience.

Declare Your Independence Now – You’re the One in Control

I invite you to leverage the Fourth of July to declare your independence from the food addiction and compulsive overeating (hey, it’s an easy date to remember and look back on!), and you can certainly start with baby steps. A very simple action you could take would be to replace soda with clean water. You’ll notice a difference in how you feel just from doing that.

There’s no reason you can’t start with baby steps and build up, the thing you want to keep in mind is one year from now, where do you want to be? Remember I wrote about this same topic one year ago from today – I for one want to look back on today’s post a year from now and be at my goal weight living with even more body strength than I have now. Where do you want to be?

Love Yourself Through it All

No matter what you do though, love yourself through the process and please don’t criticize yourself. Yes, self-love is yet another piece of a healthy and fit lifestyle. You’ve got to love and respect yourself enough to stand up and declare your independence from the back and forth tug-o-war with food and weight.

If you’re ready to live life to the fullest then you sure want to make peace with food and your weight, and I’ve found that peace by declaring my own independence from the processed stuff by eating clean and feeding my body with real, whole foods. My body loves clean fuel and I’m going to hazard a guess that yours will, too. But remember: the physical steps are only 10% of the solution. The REAL peace comes from within, where 90% of the solution is found.

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Declare Your Independence from Food Addiction on the Fourth of July