I’ve heard it said that “you are what you eat.” I’m sure everybody has heard that saying before! So if I am what I eat, then today I must say I looked pretty good:
Changing my eating habits and focusing on proper nutrition has been the biggest change and also the biggest surprise for me throughout these challenges. I don’t know why it was such a surprise to me that eating heathy foods, and eating the right amount of healthy foods, would make me feel like a new person. But within the first THREE DAYS of eating this way, I felt a distinct difference in my body. I could literally feel the food in my body fueling me and energizing me rather than weighing me down. For the first time ever I felt perfectly satisfied all day long, never feeling uncomfortably hungry or uncomfortably full. I didn’t get stomach aches or feel gassy or bloated. It has been the most incredible realization for me.
If I had taken pictures of my daily meals prior to January 2015, you would have seen cereal, pb&j with chips, chicken fried rice, Diet Mountain Dew and sweedish fish. Sure there were times I counted calories and could lose a few pounds, but what does it matter how few calories you’re getting if the quality of those calories is just junk? And there were also times when I worked out almost daily but didn’t change my eating habits, and saw minimal, slow results. Nutrition has been a TOTAL game-changer throughout this process and I truly don’t want to go back!
I can’t say that I haven’t had a single bit of fried food or chocolate over the past 6 weeks, but it has been few and far between, and I don’t feel guilty about it. I haven’t let it throw me off when I’ve strayed from my meal plan because I now know that this healthy way of eating is becoming my instinct and my normal, so it would take more than one dessert to completely throw me off. And you’ve just got to splurge every once in awhile!
I’ll be posting more specifics on my meal plans and how all that has worked at another time 🙂