There is much to be said about poor eating habits and behaviors. Arguably, inferior food choices are the number one cause of most health problems affecting adults today. For a case in point, consider Type 2 diabetes. It's a disease mostly brought on by an unhealthy diet and overall lifestyle. What was once a not so well-known condition based on its historical roots is now a modern-day pandemic with millions diagnosed around the world. It is projected by the year 2030, a whopping 1 in 10 adults worldwide will have Type 2 diabetes – this accounts for more than 550 million people.
It is true one's eating habits determine a person's future well-being.
One question more people ought to answer is whether they are guilty of aimless eating. It's exactly what it sounds like: eating without purpose and direction, sometimes in an uncontrollable manner. We are all guilty of aimless eating at times, so don't feel ashamed to relate. After all, as human beings, we are not infallible by nature. But that doesn't mean we should lack discretion – especially when our health depends on it.
You may be wondering what aimless eating consists of. Sometimes, it is overeating. Eating past your limit is aimless because it suits no real purpose. What could you possibly accomplish by eating until you are overly full? It is better to eat until you are merely content and no more.
Aimless eating also includes what you may not currently deem as aimless, such as an unplanned snack. Unless it is a food choice to benefit your health like a healthy piece of fruit or some raw vegetables to hold your hunger off until dinner, there is no reason to eat between your meals. For example, it is not a good idea to quieten your appetite by eating a sugar-loaded muffin.
The point here is about eating with a purpose. It is not that you cannot ever eat chocolates and be healthy. But pick the right time and place. A chocolate bar in the afternoon will just spike your blood sugar needlessly, which offers no favors to anyone diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes or those who are wanting to lose weight. In contrast, if you have just had a workout, your body can manage carbs more effectively – as long as you do not overindulge. Remember not to overcompensate by consuming too many calories after working so hard to create a deficit.
Ultimately, the opposite of aimless eating should be your objective. Eating with a purpose is the best way to look after your health as you age …
- you could eat in a manner that allows you to lose fat or maintain a healthy weight.
- you could eat a balanced diet to give your body the array of nutrients it requires.
More importantly, you could eat in a way that suits you best and is conducive to good health.
This is a challenge in itself, but it's certainly worth looking into.
Anupam Ghose, a physician by training, was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) in 2017. After the diagnosis of T2DM, he followed a low carbohydrate high fat diet and reversed his T2DM within a year. Now he has one main goal in life and that is to make people understand that the conventional method of treating T2DM is not beneficial. Type 2 diabetes is reversible and the best way to reverse T2DM is through diet and lifestyle modifications. He now decided to help people with type 2 diabetes by offering online coaching to reverse their diabetes.