healthy living

why are real lemons used in furniture polish but not in lemonade?

i just started reading “master your metabolism” by jillian michaels.  it’s brought a lot to my attention and also reminded me of several things that i need to change in my diet.  i’m reading carefully and thoughtfully, making notes of things i need to work on.

for some time now, i’ve been really interested in nutrition.  recently, i’ve even been thinking that it might be something that i would like to learn more about and become certified in.  i’m fascinated by how different foods react within the human body.  i ran across this quote recently and it got me thinking…

we are living

until a short time ago, i thought my body was broken.  meaning, that because i wasn’t naturally thin, something was wrong with me.  i have to really work at losing and/or maintaining my weight.  it takes time and a hell of a lot of effort for me to make changes.  but i’ve come to realize that i’m not broken.  i’m just like everyone else.  even those skinny minis who can eat whatever they want and not gain an ounce.  for true nutrition, each person on this earth must take in real and beneficial food.

i’ve tried out many, many different nutrition plans.  some of them were very expensive.  most were utterly useless and in some cases, dangerous.  i don’t think i did any permanent damage, but i very well could have.  for the past few months, i’ve focused on clean eating and somewhat paleo.  but i’ve found that even paleo isn’t 100% for me.

things are different now.  i am different.  i am growing to love myself physically and emotionally more each day.  (it’s that weird peace thing.  i don’t know where it came from, but i’m holding onto it for dear life).  i’m learning about the benefits of authentic food and the effects it can have on my overall health.  i’m reading every book i can get my hands on about healthy nutrition.  and i’m absorbing what i can into my daily life bit by bit.  i definitely feel better at 29 than i did at 22.  that’s something i never would have thought at 22 for sure.

but it’s not easy, let me tell ya.  sometimes it feels restricting.  try going out to a happy hour with friends and make healthy choices.  it’s so hard!  i’ve even declined invitations because i know the situation i’ll put myself in, which doesn’t make me feel good at all.  but i do it when i feel i need to.  maybe someday i’ll find the balance (and willpower!) to figure all that out.

i’m just on the edge of this new part of my health journey.  i can’t wait to see what else i learn and incorporate.

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