Ahh… It feels good! To be back on track. To be providing the correct fuel for my body. After all it is a lean, not-so-mean machine that I am in charge of keeping in tip top running condition.
I often hear things like “You are either feeding a disease or fighting it”, “You are what you eat” or “you get out what you put in”. I would kinda roll my eyes at them. But if you think about it, they are true statements. The body responds to the food put into it. If highly-processed foods are ingested daily, it improves your risk for obesity and other health issues. Just ask me, I’ll tell you. I ate out of a box or out of a bag for years. YEARS! And I gained weight. I was morbidly obese a few years ago. Still obese but now I am on the lower end, almost to overweight. My blood pressure was on the rise. I was on several medications for my migraines that I had to take daily and still had migraines a majority of the time.
Since switching to a more whole foods diet, I am off all my preventative medications. My migraines have gone from 8-9 a month lasting between 4 hours and 10 days to 4-5 mild headaches a month and maybe 1-2 migraines that last between 2 hours and 4 days. My most recent migraine was around 4th of July. It was caused by a lot of things and not eating right is probably one of them. Stress and lack of sleep didn’t help either.
I am back on track and have lost 4.5 in a week. I am not being super strict either. Being more mindful of the fuel I am putting into my body. Replacement parts are not cheap and the labor is costly. But preventative maintenance goes a long way. Shedding the extra pounds and toning the muscles will provide me with a better body for retirement. Eating the right food, little to no processed foods, will be my life-long eating habits.
Sure, I still cheat once in a while. I ate a blizzard last night. But I am not eating one every night. It’s hot and I like the cold treat. Should probably make some frozen protein yogurt for such a time as these. And maybe I will.
The point is, do good for your body. You only get one! Take care of yourself!