I ate a burger and it felt so gooooood¹. Drank some grape soda just to keep it hoooood.
Yep. I did both of these things in the last few days. I even went to a Coldstone Creamery and sated by innermost cake batter ice cream desires. And honestly, I have no remorse. My scale didn’t even hold any of it against me or on me (227.6 pounds). I feel great actually. You know why? Because my change in eating habits is more about the lifestyle and less about the diet. Let me explain.
When a lot of people say diet, they mean a regimented plan to help them lose weight over some period of time. They don’t intend for that to be the way they eat for the rest of their lives…or even the rest of the year depending on when they started. Diet, to them, is a short term solution to a long term problem. Diet also deals with one part of the bigger picture. It’s about what they eat or don’t eat. It doesn’t include their workouts, their spending habits, or their mental and emotional well-being. This is where lifestyle comes in.
When I started drinking green smoothies and eating more veggies, it wasn’t just something I wanted to do until I could take my shirt off in the pool. It was part of a bigger lifestyle change to obtain this thing called freedom. Part of that freedom is being able to eat the food I enjoy without carrying the guilt monkey on my back or walking the Diabetes dog. Freedom of afterthoughts and medication isn’t something that should be far-fetched for a 29 year old.
What else have I done with the food aspect of my lifestyle? I’ve cut out just about all bread. To put it in context, that burger I ate was the first bread I’d consumed in over a week. I’ve also slowed my roll on pasta, chips, and beer. Lunches have been salads and leftovers. Dinners have been absolutely delicious². Here are a couple examples:
Clearly I’ve got some work to do on how I take these food pics, but yo…mad tasty. And the best part? This isn’t a diet! This won’t stop at any particular weight. This will keep going no matter what. It’s part of the overall lifestyle.
Eating healthy (or healthier) now? If so, what are some of your favorite dishes to prepare? If not, what are the biggest challenges you’re facing that are stopping you from changing this aspect of your lifestyle?
¹I did experience slight stomach discomfort within 1.5 hours of consuming said burger meat.
²I don’t claim full meal preparation. I am heavily assisted by Natural McBoobookins. With that said, I will be watching unfollows and unsubscribes to take note of those that had dreams of me coming out the computer screen and marrying them.