There’s definitely some humor in this at first glance, but the quote also suggests that nutrition is vital to our health – what we take in to fuel our bodies matters, and it’s almost amazing that it isn’t one of the first things many doctors look into for chronic illness.
I think a lot of folks assume “clean eating” is bland, boring, and flat-out awful…but it ISN’T. I’ve never heard someone say that they tried eating healthier foods and found themselves to be more lethargic, or that they suddenly were getting sick all the time, or that they gained weight… It has always been the TOTAL opposite – people have more energy, they feel refreshed and stronger physically, they sleep better, get sick less, have more mental clarity…and they often lose some stubborn pounds while they’re at it.
Sautéing your spinach in a cup of olive oil isn’t going to help…but let’s say you added a dash of oil (healthy fats) and some salt and pepper. You’d be amazed how great that can taste! Veggies, fruits, lean proteins…they’re absolutely DELICIOUS and they certainly don’t have to be devoid of flavor. Spices can make a marked difference, and what’s really great is that no sauce = you can actually taste THE FOOD.
If, however, we just reach for sugar, products with more ingredients that you can’t pronounce than you can, fried foods (the list goes on), it may taste and feel good in the short term…but it will kick your butt later. You might find that you are dragging a lot, or that your skin has become dull or temperamental. It may be that you are even feeling more depressed than normal, heading to the doctor more frequently, or that your clothes have started to feel too snug. The side effects of a poor diet are doing as much damage to your internal organs too – they heart, brain, blood, ALL of you, needs clean sources of fuel to keep it functioning optimally. Imagine putting the lowest-end fuel in the Ferrari – it’s not going to do what it is capable of, period.
Challenge yourself – even if in small doses, or for a short, manageable time frame – to try more whole foods, and start to lessen the processed ones. Being creative with cooking isn’t hard these days with all of the apps and recipes you can find online. There are also tons of recommendations out there about spices to use, or lower-calorie condiments if necessary, to keep your meals tasting as delicious as you deserve them to be.
Cutting out the junky stuff might be tricky at first – withdrawal is a real phenomenon. But stick it through and give your body a chance to adjust – you will find that you had the “magic pill” all along. Caring about what you put in your fuel tank can make ALL the difference.
I eat. A LOT. And I eat really healthy foods, which may or may not be a little bit pricey, if in season at all.
I feel blessed in so many ways, and for so many reasons…but I am immensely thankful that I am able to have foods such as scallops, shrimp, and fish every so often. It matters what we put into our bodies and I’m grateful not only that I can have these things to begin with, but also for my better half, who both supports my clean regime, and who always manages to cook them so well.
Once upon a time I harbored and intense fear that no one would be “okay with” my nutritional habits or preferences – to the point it was debilitating. I was judged – often – for my choices, and was convinced I was somehow “too different” or “too difficult” as a result. Fortunately, I’ve learned the error of my ways!
My body is ultra-attuned to certain nutritional guidelines. That said, it isn’t because I imposed them ON myself (back when I had eating disorders, that is exactly what I did. But, thankfully, not now.)
In recovery by body decided what works for it…and what doesn’t. I’ve gained a handful of allergies and intolerances, as well as symptoms when I don’t eat frequently enough – curious, but I’ve learned to honor and respect what my physiology is asking for. It’s changed a lot over the years, and in recovery, and that’s okay.
When I travel, my body is therefore never 100% – being at home allows me to stick to what works best, but that doesn’t mean I can’t (or don’t want to) go anywhere! There are always healthy options to be found, so even if I’m not having my absolute “usual” I still can make solid choices, and set myself up for the best success possible. (Frankly, I’d say scallops multiple times in one weekend is pretty world-class!)
My goals are maintenance – I’m not looking to gain, neither to really lose weight. I want to support my muscles and any physical activities I’d like to do, as well as to function as optimally – and comfortably – as possible. That includes everything from sleeping, to energy levels, to a calm tummy!
Just because I am wired to work on a very specific blueprint doesn’t mean that I can’t live freely, and happily. It takes a little bit of foresight and work, but I love being healthy, at a good weight, and feeling like I can perform well.
As I’ve gotten older, I need more recovery, and sometimes even more food – allowing ourselves to evolve and grow is a beautiful thing. Appreciating the blessings and fortune we have just makes life all the more wonderful. ❤
Deprivation is NEVER a good tactic when it comes to weight loss or maintenance. It’s tough because sometimes we really want to stick to “clean eating” but we don’t realize that we aren’t having enough food. Too little = bad news!
Adding in “volume” foods can REALLY make a difference – an extra serving of steamed or grilled veggies (seasonings can really jazz these up), a helping of fresh fruit, an extra serving of protein as a snack in between meals, maybe a dash of good fats in there…those things will really help you to stave off the “let me eat my whole kitchen!” later in the day.
NO ONE can eat a tiny amount and not have their body, later on, say “uh…excuse me? I need some fuel to function properly…?”
Having TOO LITTLE is a quick way to derail your plan, and it will set you up for failure. So make sure you add in a healthy snack or two, or double up on the protein and water-and-fiber-based foods that can help keep you fuller longer.
We’ve all been snookered by a massive wave of hunger when we try limiting our intake. Not only does restriction SLOW your metabolism, but your body is designed needs the proper fuel (and enough of it!) to function properly.