Today I wanted to share a little about how my choice of foods that I have put in my body have changed over the past five-ish years. When I first went away to college, I fell into some disordered eating habits which resulted in me being very strict with my calorie intake. I was all about meals being the lowest in calories that they could possibly be. I looked for pretty much only nonfat foods (because they were lower in calories), drank a TON of diet soda, and had more Lean Cuisines than I can count. This left me feeling unsatisfied all.the.time.
As time went on and I overcame my eating battles, I’ve recognized the importance of wholesome, real, and nutritious food. It’s the best discovery I have ever made! It really is quite simple: whole grains, fresh fruits vegetables, unprocessed meat. If it is so simple, then why did I have such a hard time getting to the point where I desire real food?
I have worked with a ton of people (in my personal training days) that want to lose weight. They do exactly what I used to do by running to diet soda, Lean Cuisines, fat free this and no sugar that…just because it is low calorie. Eventually, they go binge on all of the marvelous fats and sugar they have been craving because their body has been missing it, and then they came to me wondering why they’re not losing weight. Then they go back to their low cal drinks and highly processed foods to continue to try to lose the weight. It’s a viscious cycle. Remember, your body needs some healthy fats and sugars, so don’t deprive yourself! Practice balance – in other words, don’t go crazy on fat and sugars, but don’t completely shun them either.
I’ll put it straight blank for you: eat a ton of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, beans, and nuts. Of course, stay within your “calorie range”, but eat real food. Stay away from the artificial sweeteners, the high sodium canned goods, the frozen meals, the “diet” drinks, etc. Just remember that the higher the sodium content on a nutrition facts label, the more processed the food likely is. Ever since I started focusing on eating wholesome, nutritious, real food, I have felt more satisfied, more energetic, and don’t have crazy cravings all the time. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not perfect here. I still have the occasional packet of Splenda in my coffee or the rare can of diet soda. However, for the most part, I desire and crave healthy, wholesome, and nutritious foods. I feel so much better when I eat the real deal rather than an artificial form of food.
I want to encourage you to get out of the processed/artificial foods and drinks rut, and get into the eating real foods groove! It might be difficult at first because your body is used to all of the sodium, artificial sweeteners, and other chemical ingredients. However, if you keep at it, your body will start craving wholesome, nutritious, real foods. I promise that you won’t regret it!
- Did you ever go through a phase of eating/drinking diet and nonfat everything?
- Do you have a highly processed or artificial food/drink that you would have a hard time letting go?