Today I want to talk about healthy eating. I know that it is the hot topic these days… you see it everywhere! Most of the bloggers and YouTubers I follow tend to make content based around healthy eating and healthy living. I am completely captivated by the idea of having a healthy, complete and balanced lifestyle with the correct amount of exercise, along with proper nutrition. They make it look so easy, don’t they?! This is definitely not to throw negativity towards it either; I love watching videos and reading posts about all sorts of healthy food and workouts. The downside for me is that I end up leaving feeling even crappier about my own habits and less motivated to make a change because it doesn’t seem achievable for my life.
When I started to make my own money at 15, I started to spend most of it on food… most often fast food. I got into the incredibly unhealthy habit of consuming fast food almost every day. I felt disgusting, unmotivated and very exhausted. Yet, I still didn’t quit eating all of the junk food I was eating. I moved out on my own after high school and since cooking for one can be a challenge, I continued to eat out most of the time. I’ve been on my own for about 4 years now, and I still struggle with the desire to go for quick and easy meals that come to me in a brown paper bag through a drive-thru window. It isn’t an easy habit to kick. When I began to truly see how awful I was treating my body I still continued to go out and eat… but I would feel guilt after every meal. I then started to eat sushi instead, as a “healthier” out-to-eat option. It wasn’t until my boyfriend moved in with me this past January that I have really started taking this whole eating better thing seriously. The reason being that it is much easier for me to cook for two people…and it’s also much more expensive to eat out when you have a partner in crime!
I guess you’re wondering why I am rambling on about all of this in the first place… I think I did mention in my previous post that I am a complete and utter chatterbox! Let me get to it—the reason I am giving such a detailed back-story of my food history… is because I want to put it out there that not everyone has a clear-cut healthy lifestyle right off the bat. I could write a whole post on healthy avocado lunch wraps that I have been giving to my boyfriend to take to work for lunch (which he loves, and I happen to HATE); but I really want to be honest and truthful. What I really want to tell you is that if you are someone like me, who reads all of the health posts and starts to feel guilty or frustrated with yourself… don’t be! Yes, it is absolutely important to treat your body well and feed it good food and drink lots of water, but it is also important to keep in mind that we are only human. The biggest thing I have had to learn during my journey to a better lifestyle is that you can’t do everything at once. It is impossible to go from one way of living to a completely different one in a single day. It takes time, and baby steps. Trust me when I say baby steps… I mean BABY steps. Here is a list (in no particular order) of what I have done/tried to do/am still working on in order to achieve my goal:
1. No more pop
2. ADD more fruits and vegetables (doesn’t mean you have to stop eating other things)
3. Do research on healthier foods
4. Find a type of exercise you enjoy doing (I’ve learned that I really hate running, but I really love yoga– I still don’t go consistently yet!)
5. Accept that consistency will most likely not happen right away
6. Don’t deprive yourself of things you love…if you want the cookie… EAT the cookie 🙂
7. Don’t try to do everything at once, take it slow.
8. Drink more water
9. Swap out certain items for healthier options (for example: choose multigrain bread instead of white or real butter instead of margarine)
10. Eat foods that you like, don’t eat things you don’t like just because they are healthier
WOW! I sure talk a lot… if you are still here– many thanks to you! I hope this was the tiniest bit helpful for someone, and if you are already living the healthy life please feel free to leave me some tips! I am all ears for any advice because I definitely don’t know everything! Also, I would love to hear from anyone else who struggles with this problem… that way I won’t feel so alone!
Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful day!