I have fumbled around looking for the best diet out there for me. Finally it hit me...I don't want a diet. I hate diets, I always feel deprived and get angry about it, then I seem to get defiant against myself and rebel on the diet and eat whatever I'm not supposed to just because I can. This cycle has brought me many great success and then failure because of the "yo-yo" of it all. I have actually grown up knowing very little about nutrition. You serve a meat and a potato, portion size has always been just put it on the plate. Going on a diet meant an extreme opposite of meat and potatoes, never anything balanced.
I started looking into clean eating about six months ago and have talked to quite a few people that clean eat and exercise regularly. They feel better on so many levels. Immediately I find a way to sabotage this. How awful the food is going to taste or how limited I was going to be. I took a step back and really looked into this. How can I go wrong when I'm eating real food and not a bunch of processed chemicals.
I told myself well what about so much time cooking...really I stopped myself right there. Enough already. I used to cook some great meals for my family until my kids were old enough to be heavily involved in sports and fast food became our mainstay. I feel it also became the beginning of the decline in my health. We lived on fast food at least six nights a week because of some sport. Home cooking became fast mixes of something instead of taking the time to prepare a meal.
About three weeks ago I made the decision that my husband and I will be clean eating. I actually thought this one through. I go major grocery shopping every two weeks. I started buying my groceries based on clean eating and planned on cycling through the stuff in my cupboards and replacing everything eventually with all organic and real food. We are getting there. I have found myself enjoying trying a bunch of new spices and combinations to create some new meals to expand our eating horizon.
I am not hungry clean eating and in fact I find myself eating less. Natural tastes of foods are coming through instead of a processed instant food. I have even made a chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting that was totally clean and totally awesome! Not deprived at all.
I am down 7 pounds without really trying. My energy levels are rising and I do not take until 11:30 in the morning to come out of a vegetative state. Morning coffee is down in a half hour and some house hold chores seem to be getting done before noon ever hits. Exercise starts back up this coming week regardless if my neck is done being sore or not. I managed to tweak it, but there is no reason I cannot be walking for extra movement and start the gym habit back at the same time. I have to get moving for the 5k I am doing in June.
I finally understand a life style change truly....Thank you God for allowing me to get past myself. I love pushing forward to a healthy me.
Remember tell yourself something positive about yourself today....just go do it. I promise you will be smiling back at yourself soon and realizing you are a beautiful person inside and out.