How Food Changes Everything

Hate to break it to you, but if you want to be healthy you’ll need to put some effort in. This does NOT mean that it should consume your life in order to do so.

On the contrary.

You know why diets don’t work? They’re quick fixes. And when have you known a quick fix to have lasting results?

Anything worth doing or having in life takes time and patience. The journey is so much more fulfilling than the destiny itself.

Don’t believe me? Think about when you were a child waiting on pins and needles for the arrival of Santa at Christmas. The count down calendar. The excitement the night before. Struggling to fall asleep because you’re just too excited from the anticipation of Santa’s arrival. Morning arrives and you fly to the Christmas tree to rip open the presents. Wrapping paper scattered everywhere!

And then it’s over.

Or maybe you’re someone who slo..w..ly.. pulls back the wrapping paper careful not to rip it. Corner by corner. Piece by piece. Savoring the moment until several excruciating minutes later the gift is revealed.

And then it’s over.

Your health is like that too. You can either rip through a diet program that will have you working your tail off and devoting your waking hours to counting calories, weighing or measuring portions, tracking your food, and spending hours exercising to lose those pesky pounds in a matter of weeks. Or…

You can take your time with delicious meals made from whole ingredients that involve memorable dinners with your family and grooving to what makes you jive, your body energized, and your spirit shining.

Sure it’ll take longer to lose those pesky pounds. But they’ll be gone for your lifetime because you decided to invest in yourself. And sought out longevity.

That’s what I chose.

After stomach issues for months, multiple attempts at quick fix diets that left me exhausted, more stressed out, and feeling like a failure I decided to do something drastic.

I stopped eating sugar of any form, except fruit, and stopped eating grains of all kinds. Oh. And no dairy.

For 30 days.

After 30 days I can decide whether or not I want to reintroduce all or some of those items and see how I feel.

Now you’re probably thinking, “that’s just another diet, Ami”. But it’s not.

It’s loving myself and my body so much that I’m giving it the opportunity to heal itself from all of the damage I’ve done to it over the years from my poor food choices and diets.

It’s allowing my mind to heal and view food in a new light.

The Whole30 is NOT a diet. It’s taking 30 days to allow your body to heal and discover what foods you may be sensitive to. It’s learning about what YOUR body needs and what works for YOU instead of trying to make a one-size-fits all, but doesn’t fit all, diet work.

Cutting out sugar, grains, and dairy has allowed me to only need to eat 3 times a day and not feel hungry. At all. Occasionally I’ll have a snack of some sort but 3 meals does the trick because I’m now fueling my body.

Cutting out sugar, grains, and dairy has brought fun to my cooking. I’m not much of a cook. (Just ask my family.) And for several months I’ve absolutely dreaded having to cook anything. To the point that we’ve eaten so many frozen pizzas my kids are no longer a fan of pizza.

For the first time in years, I actually enjoy cooking. Cooking no longer takes an hour and meal prep no longer takes up an entire Sunday afternoon. It’s grab and cook and eat! Love it!

Cutting out sugar, grains, and dairy has made my picky eater of a son wander through the kitchen sniffing the air commenting, “mom… what’s that great smell?” For the record, he has NEVER said that about my cooking before. Ever.

Cutting out sugar, grains, and dairy has caused my I’ll-take-a-burger-but-hold-the-tomatoes-and-lettuce husband raid my leftover meals!

There’s still meal prep. Can’t avoid that when you make the conscious decision to eat meals made with real ingredients. But it’s easier now. I have my grocery list of ingredients for the 2 weeks of meals and I have my prep list. When I get home from the store I start chopping, julienning, peeling, and bagging. Then during the week I just pull out my pre-cut ingredients and toss dinner together in 30 minutes or less. Even on busy nights full of activities.

Sometimes I get really lazy and just buy ingredients pre-cut. Pre-cut carrots in a bag, diced tomatoes in a can, frozen veggie mix.

Yup. I’m a rebel.

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Cutting out sugar, grains, and dairy also brought the realization that I spent most of my time eating out of habit, stress, or addiction. I was eating every 2 hours! And not fruits and vegetables. Try chips and chocolate.

Here’s the best part.

I now feel comfortable in my body. I actually feel really good! It has completely changed my view and relationship with food. For awhile I contemplated joining a nudist colony just to avoid wearing clothes. They were so uncomfortable! But now, clothes are comfortable again! Shirts and pants fit the way they’re suppose to and I’ve tabled the nudist colony idea.

It’s time to face the music peeps. If you want to lose weight, if you want to be healthy, you need to pay attention to what you’re eating. You want long term results? Cut the crap and start eating real food.

Try it for 30 days and see what happens. Then come back here and tell us how it went.

I dare you.

 

 

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