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.
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.
- Your body may not be hungry for food, it may be starving for nutrition
- You don’t have to be perfect to be better
- Go to the grocery store with a list
Until next time, be awesome!