“So you eat healthy?” I heard it behind me but didn’t pay much attention ’cause I was lost in rapture at how totally gorgeous and big the red peppers were. I just assumed in a store full of people that it wasn’t directed at me.
“So you eat healthy?” that broke my concentration in my study of the lovely red peppers. Still grasping one in my hand I turned around looking for the one directing the question now obviously at me.
Then I realized I had to look down somewhat as there was a young man in one of those motorized carts with his gaze fixed on me as he repeated the question again… for the third time.
I glanced at my basket that was full of produce, smiled at him, and said “yeah, for the most part I do eat healthy”
“It’s so hard, isn’t it!” he blurted out
Still clutching a pepper in my hand and stuffing it into the bag, I glanced at him and said “No, I don’t think so. At least it’s not for me now.”
He then started telling me how his “doctor told him he needed to start eating better and healthier” and he was trying but it was just so hard but he knew it was something he had to do for his health.
I offered him some encouraging words and a few suggestions before I left him looking kinda pathetic studying the produce.
I’ll tell you this, if he’s in one of those little carts and he has a doctor making these suggestions to him, it sounds kinda serious. I certainly didn’t probe into the details but it appeared he needed to make some changes for the betterment of his health.
If you know my story and back round, 8 years back my doctor made a suggestion that I might change some things I was doing for my health. Thankfully, I had no health issues or problems that forced me into it. Thankfully, I listened to his advice and made some changes to create a healthier lifestyle for myself.
Sometimes, people wait till it’s to late or they are dealing with issues before they are forced to recognize their bodies aren’t designed to consume to much sugar, fats, processed foods, alcohol etc that contributes to excess fat which in turn leads to all kinds of health related problems and diseases.
Our bodies need good food for health and well being.
It’s not supposed to be something horrible and torturous to eat good nutritionally dense foods. It shouldn’t be viewed as some kind of death sentence.
“I have to eat healthy”
Believe it or not, in time, you lose your desire for so much of the not so nutritionally good foods as you feed your body more healthy foods. You really will begin to crave them and want to eat them and it won’t make you feel like you’re “missing out”
Listen, what you will miss out on for having health problems and other related ills is an energetic life or having a body that is strong and able to do things with your family and for yourself. There are diseases brought on by obesity that you just don’t wanna mess around with. Some of those things can’t be changed and the effects they have on your body are permanent and lasting.
You don’t wanna “miss out” on an active abundant life. That’s what you don’t wanna miss out on.
Learning to pass on foods that don’t build a healthy body shouldn’t be viewed in a negative way.
Your focus should be on caring for your body so you can fully and energetically enjoy the precious life you’ve been given.
I like being able to run and chase little kids and walk stairs and park far from the store and not be huffing and puffing. I like having energy and knowing I can take on things I have to do in my day and not be exhausted from the exertion.
No. I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything.
But it has taken me some practice, discipline and intentional steps to get where I am.
Can I offer these words of advice to you? If you know you’re carrying excess fat ( and trust me, we ALL know when we are) please don’t wait till you’re at a doctors office and he’s giving you the ultimatum of ” you must do this now or else….”
Begin to take small steps that will lead to bigger changes.
Look for ways to get more movement into your day.
Learn to try a new vegetable. Learn how to cook them different ways ( I love roasting almost everything ! A little olive oil, sea salt and cracked pepper, I’m in heaven 😉
Aim to eventually get veggies in at all your meals.
Understand what proper portion sizes are. I can guarantee, it’s not what you probably think it is.
Learn to eat enough to be satisfied but not stuffed.
Watch your alcohol intake.
Be aware of how much sugar you consume. Sugary drinks are huge offenders.
Stop going through fast food places, or learn to look for healthier options if you do.
Don’t eat when you aren’t hungry. Sounds simple, yet so many people reach for food to comfort them on some level. Find other activities, remove yourself from the kitchen, or call a friend… just do anything to give yourself time to think through why you don’t need to put food in your face.
In time, with repeated practice your new habits will take over leading you to a healthier energetic lifestyle and that’s one decision you won’t regret.
Tell me… is eating healthy hard for you?