I truly believe that clean and healthy eating lets us enjoy a healthy and happy life. I know from my own experiences how fantastically true this is.
Carrying around a lot of extra weight is really hard on our bodies and our health. Having been overweight most of my adult life, I know the struggles associated with weight loss. I was at my heaviest in my early forties and I hated it. Diets never worked for me. I'd try to stick with it and eventually give out and go back to how things used to be. Finally, I got rid of the excess weight and have managed to maintain it for nearly ten years now.
Once I got that weight off I noticed I felt so much better I couldn't believe it. I slept better and I had more energy. My aches and pains went away. Being overweight is hard on our joints, but I no longer have that constant pain in my feet, ankles, knees and hips. My back stopped aching.
I no longer have the trouble with swelling like I used too. My skin is much clearer and not as dry. I can do a lot more stuff too.
I didn't go on a diet, but instead I simply changed my eating habits. I don't deprive myself of anything. If I want a piece of cake, I have a piece of cake. The key is that I just don't eat the whole cake.
I took control of what I was putting in my mouth. I pretty much stopped buying pre-made and over processed food. When I shop now I buy ingredients to make my own food. Most of what I cook and bake is from scratch instead of already made and wrapped up sitting on a shelf for who knows how long.
|Broccoli Beef & Steamed Rice|
I like knowing what is in my food. I control the salt, sugar, fiber content and flavor. Preservative and chemical consumption has been dramatically reduce. My ingredients have names I can pronounce and recognize.
Every day I am working on new and better ways to feed myself and my family. I am always tweaking my recipes and modifying them so I can reduce salt and sugar while increasing nutrients and fiber. I keep working at it.
|Hummus on whole wheat crackers and fresh veggies|
I won't say we never eat junk food, because that would be a lie. We just don't make it an everyday thing. Things like chips and donuts are treats instead of the everyday norm. We don't eat out often and I seldom buy from the grocery store deli.
I research food, I shop around online for recipes, ideas and nutrition information, I watch documentaries about health and how our eating habits affect that. I guess you can say I've become a bit of a nerd about the subject.
Do you, or have you struggled with your weight? How are some ways you work toward a healthier lifestyle?