What you put in your body makes all the difference
It is half way through January and a serious question is: have you kept to your New Year’s Resolution? This is about the time that most people give up, throw in the towel, they are done until next New Year. I’m here to tell you that you can start again.
Most of the major changes I’ve made were not on January 1st. I quit smoking on November 22nd, I stopped taking anxiety medication sometime in July, I decided to get healthy and lose weight in March, and I found the love of my life in February. Change can come any time of year. If you’ve gotten off track and started to eat whoopee pies, the time is now to make a change.
Fruits not fats
This is not to vilify fatty food. In fact, we need certain fats to keep our body healthy. The fats I’m talking about are the really bad ones that sneak into our foods. Once I began to read labels, it was surprising and even shocking what they sneak in there. YOU DO NOT NEED SUGAR FOR BREAD! Pick up your foods and really start to read the labels.
My rules is: if I cannot pronounce it or find it in the produce or baking section, I shouldn’t be eating it.
I started to say “NO” to oversize muffins and mini pizzas and started to eat broccoli or beans. The process took time for my taste buds to change. I loved some fruits, but not veggies. I hated anything that was green that wasn’t filled with sugar. I needed to change my mind along with my diet. The first thing to go where the bad fats.
Food is not just what is on your plate
We all know that eating right is the direction we should be taking. Fruits, vegetable, healthy grains, natural fats, legumes, etc… Did you know that what our eyes, ears, and heart take in are also food? Anything that we put into our bodies has an effect on our health. How we speak to ourselves or let others speak to us is also food that can help or harm.
If you are an avid reader like I am, I highly suggest looking into books that heal the spirit along with the body. The Holy Bible is on the top of my list along with a few others that are staples for living a rich life. Think of it this way, how do you expect to be healthy if you are eating right but watching commercials about fast food joints dreaming of when you could eat that? Or hearing negativity day after day which can build up water retention and put strain on your organs!
Eat your emotions
This is always associated with negativity. When we eat our emotions, we over eat, binge, indulge in sweets and fats. However, what if you relearn the emotions of self-love, self-confidence, and self-respect? What would those emotions look like if we began to eat them?
For me, eating fresh fruits, sparkling water, and organic dark chocolate are these blissful treats that are super healthy for me along with helping fuel my spirit. Taking the control back by what we eat, drink, and entertain ourselves with is all part of the equation. Looking back, it wasn’t just adding an extra portion of banana bread that made me gain an extra 100 pounds, but the entire atmosphere of how I was living.
A true chef feeds their audience in every sense
I’ve watched countless episodes about healthy living and cooking. The top chefs of the industry world round will be the first to tell you that taste buds are not the first impression their food will give. They want their audience to have a memorable experience that they can look back on and delight even in the memory. The way the restaurant is designed, how the plates look, the scent of fresh lavender as you enter, the quiet lull from the busy street, then comes the plate so elegant you want to capture it forever, the smell of freshly cut rosemary, and finally that first bite.
This is a very different experience than ordering 10 pounds of meat with a gallon of French fries that are covered in grease and you know you will end up with heartburn before you leave the place. Shall we add an overly chemical super grand drink to that order?
The trick to eating for your body, mind, and soul is not to over indulge in what this world tells you will satisfy you, but what your senses were created for. Being hungry is a beautiful thing. I consider myself so privileged to feel satisfied with fresh water and lemon or a sunny summer morning eating a lavender scone I baked fresh.
Side effects may include:
- Loss of excess weight
- Clear skin
- Feeling rested
- Healthy sex drive
- Stronger hair/nails
- Smiling randomly
- Feelings of euphoria
- More money in your wallet (Yes, eating healthy can save you money, details to come in future blogs)
- Life-like symptoms
When looking at a cabinet filled with regret, start changing no matter what time of year it is. Throw away what no longer serves you well and bring into your life that which not only will help you but others as well. When you start changing your health for the better, don’t be surprised that those who love you will start to change as well. May this serve you well.