My love affair with food is a contentious one. Some days I wake up craving something sinful—like a bleu cheese burger with bacon and grilled mushrooms—while others I find that I am quite happy shying away from all things high fat, high cholesterol, and high trouble in favor of no meat at all.
The thing about feeding the body is it’s always sending you messages about what you want, not necessarily what you need, and how you respond to those cues is paramount to how well your lifestyle of healthy living will be tolerated by it and you.
On a daily basis I’m trying to make choices as to how I can not only continue to stay on track, but how I can find more foods that will stimulate my palate and excite me when I’m at the dinner table. It’s something that I’ve found to be a struggle at times—particularly as a mommy-on-a-budget.
Every two weeks I sit down and plan all of my meals individually, deciding my menu based on what’s both cost efficient and convenient and, despite my desire to be creative, I still end up with the same basic items from the grocery store—tofo, soy, and beans. And while I’ve been able to be creative with those ingredients, it’s still a grind because I’ve gone from offering myself a world of options (options that included as much meat, dairy, and sugar as I liked) to a much more limited one.
That said, I don’t regret the decision to make those changes one bit. I feel and look better than I ever have and the increases in energy, stamina, and confidence are a definite plus. But, even with all of those positives, I have to continually find ways to be well-disciplined so that bad habits don’t overwhelm my good senses.
For instance, there are days where I don’t have time to prepare breakfast or lunch prior to the start of the day. That often leads to incessant snacking, at least in my case, because I am, literally, hungry all the time. That hunger, I know, is as a result of the calories I’m burning even while sitting completely still. So, to appease that hunger, I might take a bite of a muffin here, a piece of chocolate there, or pile on the carbs in hopes that I will find satiation in a hurry—and I often don’t.
Sugar and carbs simply doesn’t cut it for me and eventually, at least in my case, I cave to doing what I should have done at the start—prepare a wholesome meal to eat.
Being healthy has a lot to do with being disciplined and the one isn’t truly possible without the other.