Over the past six years, I have become more aware of my eating choices.  There comes a point in time when you realize that Fruit Loops aren’t really serving you.

It didn’t happen overnight. I didn’t just put down my Lucky Charms and pick up some Kale at the Farmer’s Market, and ride off into the sunset.

It happened bit by bit.

Until eight months ago, I was drinking three large sodas a day. THREE.

Why?

Because sugar and caffeine.

The thing is, when I stopped drinking them daily, I began to notice that I felt better after I got away from it.

80% of the time, soda doesn’t even appeal to me anymore. If you knew me then, your mind would be blown right now. I have been addicted to soda since I was a child.

But every once in awhile, it sounds good. The cold sugary fizz. The immediate high (as my body goes into panic mode(see also adrenaline)).

The past few weeks, I have eaten really cleanly. Nine servings of veggies a day. Meat as a condiment.

I had just returned from the grocery store, shopped without the list #badidea. When I got home, without a convenient plan for lunch, I saw that one of the kids had left a box of Frosted Flakes on the table. Yes, I know, I’m a horrible mom. Tony the Tiger was all “hey baby” and I was like “How you doin?” and I ate three bowls.  I never eat three bowls of ANYTHING, but Tony was like “you must eat me, I’m great.”

That morning, I had hopped out of bed at 6:30. I had jogged a 5K, and was out doing errands by 8:30. I felt amazing.

and then Tony.

When I finally told him to go away, I was stuffed, but my body was like, we need more food! So there I am fighting with my body, explaining there is NO MORE ROOM for food, but my body wasn’t hungry for the food, it wanted the nutrition.

I spent the rest of the afternoon, trying to remember my own name. #brainfog

It’s no wonder kids turn into little assholes if they eat that stuff. I was exhausted, and literally could barely function.

It was a great lesson. I don’t know how many years of my life I wasted, wandering around in a junk food stupor.

When you are just beginning your journey to a healthy lifestyle. You may wonder how you will get through your day without your sugar. How will you ever want to consume 9 servings of vegetables a day.

You do it gradually.

Every day is awesomer than the last.

Three things to remember.

  1. Your body may not be hungry for food, it may be starving for nutrition
  2. You don’t have to be perfect to be better
  3. Go to the grocery store with a list

Until next time, be awesome!