If you have been following along with my blog posts since November of last year, you know I rededicated myself to be my healthiest. Last year was the most difficult year of my life and in going through that I did not make taking care of myself a priority for quite a while. In November, I realized I must. Making changes to my diet and regular exercise were the first two changes I made. Adjusting along the way is a part of being my healthiest. Last week, I made some adjustments to my eating habits I want to share with you all. I made these adjustments for me.
Well-meaning people who I love very much told me I would never be as healthy as I want to be with the challenges of my condition. Those terribly hurtful, ugly comments, spurred my steely determination. It was as if someone flipped a switch in my mind deciding to take a negative and make a positive with a little bit of an “oh really just watch me do what you say I cannot” attitude as well. I do not do well with being told I cannot. Using anger and frustration in a healthy way to prove people wrong is my specialty. I have had to prove people wrong my entire life.
The changes I made to my eating habits are below in no order. I hope they help everyone who reads this be their healthiest and understand how to take hurtful, ugly comments and use them to as fuel to be your best self.
- No carbonated sugar filled drinks (my body does not process artificial sweeteners well). I had cut way back on carbonated, sugar filled, drinks, before now, for anyone interested.
- No white bread or rice: wheat bread and brown rice instead
- No unnecessary carbs. One piece of wheat bread instead of two with breakfast for example
- Very limited fried food
- No junk food for snacks (a habit) when hungry: fruit/vegetables with healthy vinaigrette dressing for dipping/granola instead
- Reading labels/websites to know what I am eating and swaps I can make
- Bump up the flavor on everything I eat so I still feel satisfied: salsa, herbs, spices, and citrus are all great ways I have found to increase flavor
- Make sure I eat enough lean protein
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