Eating healthy probably comes easy for many of you, but not for me. I have a passionate love for sugar and carbs. I adore them (see my Tribute to Candy post). I’ve pushed myself for months at a time to clear them from my diet and eat healthy, but truly, I don’t enjoy myself for those few months. All I can think about is the deliciousness I’m missing out on, and it makes me sad.
Character flaw. I admit it.
Instead of going cold-turkey and making myself and my family miserable by not buying anything delicious, I’ve turned the healthy eating pebble into grains of sand I can stomach.
I’m trying to teach me and my children to like healthier snacks by buying more vegetables and having more healthy choices available. I cut out all chips and pop from the diet (because those are just bad—even if they are good). But we still have sugar cereal in our cupboard and I get granola bars and cookies to throw in their lunches, and yes, I still have my stash of chocolate chips (but I’m getting better at waiting weeks before I finally open the bag).
But step, by step…grain by grain, we are making improvements in our diet. At first the lack of chips and Ritz crackers was seen as criminal by my children (and by me whenever I made chicken noodle soup—that just seems wrong without Ritz crackers), but we eventually overcame our anger, and don’t miss them now.
My girls and I are loving the veggie trays for snacking. They’re colorful and make me happy just looking at them. What I find hard is forcing myself to take the time to prepare all the veggies (because I’m too cheap to buy the already made veggie trays).
Another way I’ve tried to improve is by drinking more water. It’s good for me, and I know that it helps curb hunger between meals. I keep my water bottle filled and know how much I drink by how many times I have to refill it. Some days I do better than others, but having that bottle on the counter reminds me to drink (which I used to forget to do).
There are so many of you out there that are probably rolling your eyes at this silly post! You are already healthy and have 10% body fat and your muscles are so toned you burn calories just by smiling! You are my heroes! And I am S-L-O-W-L-Y on my way to join you (it might take me 50 years).
And then there are others who may be like me! To you, I say…We can do this! We can be healthier. But we don’t have to do it all at once (unless you’ve just learned you’re diabetic or had a heart attack–then things are a little more critical)…but we must START on the road to better nutrition habits. Step by step…pebbly sand by pebbly sand…we will improve! If I can do it…about anyone can.