Food For Thought
Over the past five years I have learned the meaning of nourishing your body. In college I remember eating McDonald’s every Friday, I deserved it! I had a long drive and needed something to keep my occupied, I wanted it! Salt and sugar lead to craving more salt and sugar leading to more salt and sugar; like a crack addict I was going back for more. I needed my fix!!!
What I didn’t know is I was slowly taking nutrients out of my body. All of the salt and sugar took vital nutrients I was eating and did not allow them to be absorbed into my system.
I wondered why I was thin yet had jiggle. I would beat myself up at the gym, yet lacked the muscle to show the fruits of my efforts.
About seven years ago I got serious, I decided to take control and match my effort in the gym with my effort in the kitchen. I no longer ate fast food EVERY week, I learned recipes that tasted good and were full of flavor. I made small changes. For instance I quit drinking milk and switched to almond milk. Milk contained 90 calories a cup and unsweetened almond milk contained 35 calories a cup.
The subtle changes let to more muscle definition I had hiding underneath, which was covered with a layer of salt and sugar. I realized healthy food was not expensive and not serving my family the roll along with dinner was ok.
As the years progressed so did my habits, I no longer craved junk on a daily basis. My workouts improved with my surge of energy. This propelled me into eating cleaner non-packaged food. The very energy in foods made by Mother Nature was so much greater than those made by man.
**Disclaimer** I am not a 100% perfect eater, I crave my fair share of bad carbs like; cereal, goldfish, and crunchy crackers. Over time I have learned what my body looks like and more importantly what it feels like after I eat them; bloated, puffy, and lacking energy. I allow myself to indulge I just have a limit. I feel like I have learned to be in tune with my body and know when I need to clean it up!
Changing years of poor habits is hard to break but it is not impossible. A few steps at a time, towards your road to success!!! Keep on placing one foot in front of another. I know I do!