My Journey To Change My Eating
Presently, I’ve hosted many different challenge groups including both fitness and nutrition and in every one of these groups nutrition is the biggest challenge. Whether your eating habits are terrible or not so bad, people always seem to struggle with changing them. Of course, the more horrible eater you are the more difficult it will be. I say this because I’ve been there. I’ve been a horrible eater since I was little. Luckily, when I was younger I didn’t struggle with my weight but I was not healthy. As I got older it all came creeping up on me. Those annoying comments from those that struggled, “wait until you get older, you won’t be able to eat that”, was ringing in my ear loud and clear. I knew I couldn’t out exercise my diet any longer and it was time to change my eating. I had a few problems, one was I had a lifetime of bad habits and the other was I extremely picky. I didn’t like any type of vegetables, seafood, and like one type of fruit. I lived on processed food, sweets, bread, peanut butter, and chicken. That was the extent of the food I ate. The only positive thing was that I was used to eating the same thing over and over. This actually helps especially when you need to prep your meals for the week. At this time I made a decision to change my eating but I didn’t have any help, I really didn’t know what I was doing so it took a long time. I first just started by changing one thing at a time. I used to eat English Muffins (sometimes two) with butter, peanut butter, and jelly so I started eating whole grain muffins, only one this time and I only used peanut butter. I started making more salads with chicken and just tried to swap something out for something I thought was healthier. This was a mediocre first attempt but at least it was an attempt. I finally found Beachbody and started coaching. Now, at this time I had lost 20lbs and was doing great but I still struggled with my nutrition. I decided to something really crazy and buy this 21 day cleanse (21 Day Ultimate Reset). Now, I wasn’t a fan of cleanses especially ones where you don’t eat, I don’t think so….I like to eat! Now, I did my research and looked over the meal plan and thought it looked great. It wasn’t a just stop eating cleanse, it had you slowly cut out certain foods. This is what completely changed my eating. First of all, I was committed. I was going to follow this plan no matter what. Once I decided I was going to do this no matter what, I had to actually eat food I NEVER thought I would. On the third week one of the meals was to mash chickpeas up with a little olive oil, yes, I know it’s basically hummus but I would have never touched hummus before. As I was making it, I thought to myself, I’m going to throw up, there’s no way I’m going to like this. Guess what? I liked it! I ate every bit of it. This also happened with vegetables that I would have never eaten before either. After the cleanse, I started to try new things. I also noticed when I did eat unhealthy food it didn’t taste that good. I started to notice lots of things were too salty or sweet. Then it hit me, my taste buds were changing. Do I still have bad food that I like, of course, but my eating habits were completely changed. It just made it so much easier to eat healthy without cravings or feeling like I was starving. The problem with dieting is people try to just not eat and really what you need to do is just eat healthy food. Keep in mind that if you’ve been eating a certain way which includes lots of processed foods, carbs/sugar then your body almost goes through withdrawals but you can get through it. Now was this all I needed to do, no, I also needed to start planning my meals out. It’s easy to say you’re going to eat better but if you don’t have a plan, if you don’t know what you’ll be eating at least in general then your chances for staying on track are significantly lessened. I know, planning sounds like it will take a lot of time and might be boring, I get it, but trust me, it will be the KEY to your success. If you have time during the week to cook each meal and/or run to the store at the last minute for your ingredients maybe you don’t need to do much prepping but most of us have busy lives and prepping things in advance will be a life saver during your busy life.
So, if you’re ready to change your eating habits look out for my next blog where I’ll discuss the 5 steps needed to change your eating.
Until next time….it’s always about more than just getting fit.