Bad Habit #7 ~ Poor Eating Habits
We’ve heard the expressions “Feed Your Body”, “Super Foods for Health”, and “Benefits of Proper Nutrition.” But what if your idea of a great Saturday night snack is an entire large size bag of pizza rolls? Does what you eat really affect the way you think, feel and perform? You betcha, cause if nutrition didn’t count, the training tables of all our Olympic athletes would be filled with pizza rolls and Big Mac’s.
The other expression we’ve heard is “Garbage in, Garbage Out.” The bottom line is our bodies are fine tuned machines when we take care of them, and part of that care is dumping poor eating habits. Medicine has proven that what we eat affects our moods – have you ever craved carbs and sugar when you’re sad? – and can wreck havoc on our immune system. Bare in mind we’re not saying that healthy eating habits = skinny. What we’re saying is that to function at your best, to feel well, poor eating habits have to be a thing of the past.
Isn’t your happiness and well being worth ditching the bad food habits?
If you would have asked me 3-4 months ago about my eating habits, I’d be the one telling you how long to cook those pizza rolls. When my husband and I decided that it’s about time we realized we’re not 17 and can’t eat that way anymore, and don’t want to die a slow and painful death due to crap we ate, we changed our ways.
I can get sweet taste from fruits; bread with olive oil and toasted garlic is still in the mix, but in moderation; we’ve traded in a nightly bowl of ice cream for fudgesicles, and my biggest hurdle, realizing coffee does not a breakfast make. I feel better, I sleep better, and look better. All ’cause we changed poor eating habits for better ones.
I’m an all or nothing kind of gal. I’m either completely regimented on my healthy eating quest or I have fallen so far off the wagon, I can’t even see the wagon any more. I’m a Celiac, which means no gluten of any kind. For 6 years I’ve been really rigid in my elimination of all things
tasty containing wheat, but I rediscovered toast! Oh, I may never catch that wagon again!
In general, I am a healthy eater….I don’t use sugar, very little salt, no fried foods and since it’s just my husband and I, there’s not much baking going on here any more. My biggest problem is mindless eating….hey, where’d all those strawberries go? I’ve been known to eat an entire cake myself just because every time I walk by it I have to “even it out”….hey, I thought you baked a cake today?
So my new resolution is to make sure the grocery list (I LOVE the grocery IQ app) is always filled out. Make sure the kitchen is stocked with “healthy” things to grab. Then when I do fall into mindless eating and the strawberries disappear, I won’t hate myself.