Sometimes healthy eating is just a change in how you look at food…
In the past when I ate takeaways and tubs of ice cream and I needed to be more healthy and “diet” I would think “öh great now I have to cut out all this yummy stuff I love!”
I would begrudge myself and the food I ate. Instead of looking for delicious alternatives I would pout and sulk and be miserable. Years later and many mind shifts later – I see food in a totally different way. I still love a good pizza! but how I want to treat myself and my body has changed in my thinking.
Its a slight change over weeks and months and even years:
After slowly changing bit by bit - by doing the little things like cutting down on sugar and swopping fizzy cool drinks like Coke! (which is now a swear word in our house) to fruit juice and water.
Simply buy sparkling spring water and 100% real fruit juice with no additives and mix them together.
So when I felt like a coke I would reach for my “new” sparkling friend – juice and sparkling water and feel like i wasn’t depriving myself.
You see its the little things!
I no longer see food as a happiness pile of stuff to eat what I want. I see food as a source of health and yumminess! I want to treat my body right. Once you cut out bad items like coke and soft drinks filled with sugar and stop eating sweets and candy bars and you feel great – after the initial detox (headaches and flu symptoms)
I was so ALIVE and happy and well that when I went back to eating a piece of candy it made me feel yuk! It wasn’t that that sugar wasn’t nice in my mouth but the after effects just weren’t worth it.
After cutting out MSG and other additives and preservatives out of our diet for some time (months and months) we went to a braai and the food was taking long. The husband and I were getting hungry and there were bowls of flavoured crisps around so we started snacking. After eating several handfuls the food was finally ready and we ate. Now I didn’t have any alcohol of any kind but the next morning I woke up with hangover type symptoms – sore head and felt terrible. Just yukky and wanted to sleep! I realised after a while of waking up and trying to figure out what I ate and drank why I would feel this way and the only thing different were the MSG laden crisps (which we don’t eat! only plain salted allowed in our house)!! and that when it hit me – my disgusting hang over symptoms were from them – now I will never go back to eating crisps because I could feel what they were doing to my body!
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