While I’ve always had good eating habits, in recent years I’ve tried to make GREAT eating habits. This process started with eliminating certain foods from my diet.
I haven’t had any soda for probably 5 years or so. I was never a regular soda drinker, but I did order a coke a lot when I went out to eat. One day, my teeth become more sensitive to hot and cold. Especially cold. Whether this was caused by drinking soda or not, I do not know. But, it really got me thinking about the negative affects of soda on not only my body, but my teeth. This motivated me to give up soda all together. I stand by this decision and feel great knowing I made a healthy decision a few years ago, that will benefit me for the long haul.
2. Fast Food
I gave up fast food about the same time I gave up soda. I didn’t eat fast food regularly, but I wasn’t opposed to grabbing some McDonald’s on the way to the beach. I used to eat delivery pizza every now and then. Now, I’m so much more conscious of what I am putting in my body. Once you eliminate junk food from your body, your body no longer has any interest in them. In fact, I’d probably get sick or have a horrible stomach ache if I were to eat McDonald’s after it’s been so long. Eating healthy isn’t hard. You have to teach your body what GOOD food is. Once it’s had the good stuff, it’ll no longer want the bad. Healthy inside, means happy on the outside. 😄
3. Processed Foods
While I don’t eat 100% clean, I’m getting there. The goal is to one day eat food with absolutely no (or very few) preservatives. God gave us everything we need to sustain ourselves. Delicious veggies and grains. Juicy, sweet fruits. Milk. Meat. Nuts. Wholesome, delicious food. Food is AWESOME. We shouldn’t be afraid to eat it. We just have to eat the real, natural food. If there’s an ingredient you can’t pronounce on the back label, it’s processed. If it is not recognizable as something that grows or walks (ahem Cheetos), it’s processed. This stuff is bad for your body! If you wouldn’t smoke because it’s bad for you, then don’t eat food that is bad for you.
4. Fried Food
I haven’t cut fried food out completely, but I very rarely eat it. In fact, at restaurants I try to opt for a different side other than fries. Fresh fruit. Roasted veggies. There’s so many healthy alternatives.
Remember: All things in moderation. It’s okay to have a dessert or some French fries on occasion, but try to make healthy, natural food apart of your everyday diet.
Another point I’d like to make is, make good habits. I work at an elementary school. I am constantly surrounded by sweets. 9 times out of 10 I will decline. People look at me weird. “You don’t need to be on a diet. You’re thin.” I hate that. I’m not “on a diet.” I just don’t want to make a habit out of eating junk. My metabolism is fast now, but it won’t always be. I want to be able to say no when that day comes. I want to be in control of what foods I eat. I want to have willpower. If I say yes to every cupcake, then when I’m older and my metabolism is slower, I’m not going to be able to say no. Honestly, after eating healthy for so long, processed, high sugar foods look gross and unappealing. And the stomachache afterwards is so not worth it.
Take charge of the food you eat! Be healthy and happy! 🍌