Lately I’ve been attempting to change my diet and poor food choices. I was told by my old personal trainer that in order to become healthy, one needs to eat healthy. In order to look good, you have to eat good food. You can practically change your life around by changing your diet.
For as long as I can remember I’ve been addicted to fast food, especially Taco Bell and McDonald’s. Every night after work, I used to eat at a fast food restaurant with my girlfriend. We had done this for the majority of our relationship. Looking back, this was extremely destructive behavior. Junk food so late at night? Thinking about it now makes my stomach turn. There has not been a point in the past five years where either of us sat down and really talked about our health and diet habits. Sure, we had watched and took notes on food-related documentaries such as Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead and Forks Over Knives and attempted juicing and eating only fruits and vegetables, but our diets lasted all of three days before we went right back to eating Fiery Doritos Locos Taco Supremes and McNuggets on a daily basis. The minute I became aware of my diet problems and my addition to fast food, I was so upset at myself and I knew I had to do something about it.
I’ve come to find that it’s much easier to have a healthy diet than I expected. The main thing to remember is that processed food is garbage and should not be consumed – or at least be minimally eaten. It’s best to eat vegetables, fruits and unprocessed meats. These days, I do my best to eat foods that I know are as fresh as possible. I’m not a nutritionist by any stretch of the imagination, but here are some ways that I’ve structured my meals to serve a healthier lifestyle.
For breakfast I will eat scrambled eggs, some almonds and some kind of mixture of fruits. I usually like pineapples, mangos, kiwis, strawberries, bananas and blueberries. Depending on what I have in the kitchen, I’ll make a small fruit salad.
I’m more lax about lunch than I am with any other meal of the day. More often than not, I will eat the leftovers from dinner from the previous day. If there aren’t leftovers, I will usually make a salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, green olives, carrots, banana peppers and spinach.
Dinner is usually more structured than breakfast or dinner. I usually stick to steamed vegetables and some kind of meat, whether it be fish or chicken breast. Fish and chicken breast are some of the least fatty meats out there, so I prefer eating them instead. They also cook fairly quickly and are pretty versatile.
No candy or chips. Instead, I choose almonds, fruits or vegetables. It’s not difficult here. Keep it light and healthy. Stay away from sugar.
For beverages, I mainly stick to water. I’ve talked about water before, so I’m not going to go over it again. I keep juices and milk to a minimum.
It is a daunting task to begin a lifestyle change such as this. The first week or so will be the most difficult to overcome, especially when it comes to planning meals. Once you’re over the hump, you’ll be able to continue with your transition and enjoy it. I’ve faltered on occasion and eaten Taco Bell, but the majority of my meals are planned and healthy.
From the terrible addiction to fast food and other stresses, I gained nearly 40 pounds in five years. More recently with this diet change I’ve noticed that there has been a steady drop in my weight – exercising helps, too.
Clothing fits better. I think more clearly. I feel better.
I’ve changed my diet and lifestyle. If you’re looking for something to do for yourself, I’d suggest doing the same thing. You won’t regret it.