So after my post last week about being a sugar addict, I realized I had more than just a sugar problem. I have a food problem, LOL. And realistically, "problem" isn't necessarily the right word. I just really love food. A lot.
I justify a lot of the way I eat in the following way: "Well...I only live once so I should be able to eat the way I want." "Dairy isn't that bad in moderation, so I can add cheese to this." "Chips and salsa aren't that bad...I don't have them that often." "Chocolate is good for you...and it's gluten free." "Just one drink won't hurt me" (except is it ever really just one drink?).
Does any of that sound familiar? Do you make similar justifications?
Now, don't get me wrong. I eat pretty healthy. And then I start the "it's in moderation" game. And before I know it, it becomes an "every day" thing. For instance, I don't really drink that often. However, once I started having them in the house, I found myself having one drink a night. I like the hard ciders, which aren't necessarily the worst, but it is a TON of sugar. And alcohol doesn't necessarily agree with me.
I know it has become a problem when my stomach is constantly upset; I can't go to the bathroom; my face starts breaking out; I have trouble sleeping (both falling asleep and staying asleep); my eyebrows start thinning (yes, you read that right); and I'm on a bit of a roller coaster with my moods and blood sugar.
I don't know what triggered me today, but looking in the mirror at work, I realized I was having issues with my eyebrows...in particular, my right one appears to be thinning in certain spots. Now, mind you, it's not noticeable to anyone else, but it is to me.
That's when it hit me. I was right. I will only live once. So why eat the wrong foods for my body? Why eat foods that make me feel awful? That cause stomach upset and constipation and acne?
I know all this. I've known this for years. But sometimes it takes a good ole' smack in the face (figuratively, of course) for me to remember and recognize it.
Eating healthy doesn't have to be boring or taste bland. In fact, I love how I eat. It tastes amazing and I don't want for anything. It's when I start adding back in sugar that things go awry. Because I figure, why not? May as well enjoy it all!
So as we go into 2016, I am making the following proclamation:
I am going to eat the right foods for my body...the ones that give me proper nutrition and energy without draining me or making me feel sluggish...the ones that don't cause stomach upset or constipation or acne.
I don't want to "diet" or "change the way I eat." Because let's face it, that never works.
I want to feel good and enjoy life.
How about you? Do you feel this same way?
It's hard to make these changes on your own. Believe me, I know. I've been there.
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I hope you had an amazing Christmas! And have a beautiful new year, ringing in 2016!
With love and wellness,
Certified Health Coach, doTERRA Wellness Advocate, and LTL Weight Loss Management Coach