Healthy Eating

"Nothing tastes better than skinny feels." -Steven Tyler

I love that quote! If taken in a healthy way, it's a great quote to live by, I think!

I grew up eating really BAD food, as most people do, and had NO idea what I was doing to my body. Through highschool and my first year of high school all I ate was junk food-candy, sodas, chips, fast food....I had NO concept of eating healthy whatsoever.

I remember at one point in high school, when I really wanted 6 pack abs, I decided to start "eating better", and I wrote down everything I ate in a notebook. Well, my idea of eating better was just eating less calories! I still ate the same junk food, but I wasn't taking in very many calories at all. I can remember one of my days having a hotdog, some peanut m&ms and something else?....and I only took in 900 calories! Now that just seems crazy to me. That's what I thought would help me get a 6 pack!

I had no idea how unhealthy that was! Anything under 1200 calories a day is NOT healthy at all. I'm sure I didn't do that for very long-I didn't have an eating disorder or anything, I just didn't know any better! But how many people out there do think that is the way to lose weight? It's because people are never taught how to eat healthy-I sure wasn't.

It wasn't until I took some healthy living and some nutrition classes in college, that I realized I had it all wrong. That is when I made the decision to start eating healthy. I didn't do it to lose weight, because I didn't have any to lose. I just didn't want to continue putting junk into my body. I just wanted to be healthy! So I gradually started changing things-stopped eating fast food and started taking my lunch to school/work, stopped drinking sodas, added in more fruits and veggies, and ate less candy and sweets! It took a while to get to the point where I am now-it was a gradual process.

Now I would never go back to eating the way I used to-I have NO desire to. I like being healthy. I like the way I look. People think I'm weird or something because I choose to eat healthy. Why is that so odd? But whatever-they are the same people always complaining about how fat they are, and asking me what they can do about it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah, every now and then I have a "treat" (once a week or so), but I wouldn't want to eat that stuff every day. I would feel and look like crap! :) I work TOO hard to look the way I do!

I would much rather have the body that I have than have the temporary pleasure of eating a donut!

It's not that hard to eat healthy, but you can't try to do it all at once. Don't restrict yourself and don't tell yourself you can't have certain food-that is setting yourself up for failure. Just start making small changes in your diet. Add in more healthy foods like whole grains, fruits and veggies, then start cutting back on some of the bad stuff-sugar, fried foods, white bread, saturated fat. Over time you will get to the point where you don't WANT to eat that junk.

Eating healthy is the BEST thing I could've ever done! And now I finally have abs that show!


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