My eating patterns have been…interesting. But I’ve literally never felt better in my entire life than when I eat clean, whole foods.
First, let me give you a little background. I’ve had troubles with my weight since I was little. I decided when I was seven that I was fat and needed to count calories. Keep in mind I was always scrawny and losing weight wasn’t a great idea.
I was thirteen when I was admitted into the eating disorder treatment center at Children’s Hospital. Even though it was one of the hardest decisions of my life, I’m so glad I did it. However, I’ve struggled with anorexia since then.
The past year, I decided, screw it. I have every right to eat what I want and weigh what I weigh. I don’t owe it to anyone to look like a Victoria’s Secret model. I’ll be honest, because of my love for running and soccer, I’ve stayed fit and in shape. However, I’m not eating healthy foods and I can tell.
Eating clean has so many benefits. Look I made a pretty graphic! (I’m pretty proud)
These are only a few of the benefits. It can help better your digestion, lose weight, and improve chronic diseases/other issues.
Eating whole foods is tough, I’ll be honest. I’m not one of those people who thinks eating healthy is super fun and makes me so happy. Actually, eventually I feel happier about it but in the beginning, I literally hate it. The thing with eating healthy is you need to ease yourself into it and keep at it. Not only are you creating better habits, you’re kicking old habits to the curb.
First thing you need to stop is eating so much sugar. Most of us are addicted to sugar. I didn’t think I was but I totally am. We drink soda, eat candy, and put liquid sugar (or solid, I don’t know) in our coffee/tea. Want to know a secret? Fruit is just as sweet and it’s so much better for you. I drink smoothies in the morning and it’s just so sweet and refreshing. Start by cutting out sodas and candy. Then quit adding brown sugar/white sugar to everything.
For a couple weeks I was starting to restrict again because I realized prom is in less than a month. But then I was like “Meghan. You’re being an idiot. Just eat better and start running again and you’ll be fine.” The funny thing about eating clean is your body will eventually even itself out (if that makes sense). By eating fresh, whole foods and exercising regularly, your body will begin to lose the fat its holding on to.
So, for the next couple of weeks, I’m going to be trying to eat as many clean and whole foods as I can. However, I will allow myself I few cheat meals because otherwise I will go crazy and eat a pound of Skittles. I’m trying out a few recipes that work with my new lifestyle (because its a lifestyle NOT A DIET) and once I work out the kinks, I’ll share them!!
Anyone want to join me? We’ll support each other!