Good morning and happy Monday to you all. The work week begins again and it’s time for us to rise and begin again with it. It has been awhile since I have written one of these but honestly, since I had been sick I haven’t felt very motivated. I am finally feeling like myself again and it occurred to me that for the past few weeks all I could think about was getting healthy again. A big part of that was being aware of what I was putting into my body and how often. Because I got sick, and because I quit smoking, I have built a habit of remembering to
A big part of that was being aware of what I was putting into my body and how often. Because I got sick, and because I quit smoking, I have been better about remembering to eat every meal and being mindful of what I am eating. I do this because food is very important to our day-to-day lives. Food provides the energy we need to accomplish our goals and it makes us feel good so we can enjoy the day.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
There were many mornings when my breakfast consisted of a few cups of coffee and a cigarette to go with each one. I ate lunch about 50% and only because my girlfriend made sure to pack me some leftovers from the night before. Luckily she made healthy dinners and if nothing else I was getting one of my meals right. I never drank water, strictly coffee and sweet tea only, and I took in a lot of sugar and salt.
My eating habits were pretty bad but over the years, I’ve made small changes and things have gotten a lot better. I’m not here to tell you I know everything about nutrition and fitness. I don’t know much beyond eat lots of things that look they came from the earth (fresh fruits and veggies), drink less soda and sugary drinks and more water, and, most importantly, I know I just need to eat!
“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well”
// Virginia Woolf
If I had to recommend a place to start on the road to healthier eating it would be to start by remembering to eat at all. Too many of us are skipping one, sometimes two meals a day. Too many of us are just too busy to stop and think about food at all. We learn to ignore the stomach growling and hunger pains. We tell ourselves we’ll eat later. When later comes we say we don’t know what to get, so we get nothing. We go back to work, feeling tired, unmotivated, and blah.
How can we expect to accomplish our goals when our minds and bodies have nothing to convert to energy? How can we make things happen when we are feeling sluggish and light-headed from low blood sugar and lack of vitamins and minerals? We can’t do anything without first giving ourselves the building blocks we need to stay healthy, to heal, and to run at optimum energy and efficiency.
“Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.”
// Mark Twain
This week I’m not asking you to become the perfect example of healthy living. I am nowhere near that myself. I’m not even sure I want to be. All I am asking you to do this week is to just start by remembering to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Remember to ask yourself, “When was the last time I ate something?”. Remember to take notice of how you are feeling and ask yourself, “Do I feel tired, irritable, or weak/light-headed?”. If you do, would eating something help?
I truly believe that when it comes to food, anything is better than nothing, and skipping a meal is the worst thing you can do for yourself.
(If you are already eating at regular intervals throughout the day try asking yourself, “Is there something healthier that would satisfy me?”, “Is there something I could make myself?”, or “Can I add something fresh to this?”.)
Nothing can get done if you do not have what you need to get it done. Eat because you body needs nourishment, and because you need your body. Eat because everything you want to accomplish depends on your health and energy. Eat because food should a part of our lives we enjoy, not something we skip or rush through. Eat because it feels good and because you love yourself too much to deprive yourself of all the good eating does.
Eat because you have a life to live and you want it to be a long and healthy one.
“When walking, walk. When eating, eat.”
// Zen proverb