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Body Secrets

When I originally began this blog, like a long time ago, I thought I didn’t want to share my eating plan. Although, looking back, that’s only because I didn’t have an “eating plan” per say. Dangerous territory if you want to eat healthy. DUH. HELLO.  I’ve also spoken to nutritionists and read blogs and lots of stuff throughout my 24 25 years. One thing a lot seem to agree on is not to deny yourself something. Don’t say you can’t have something. Choose to listen to what your body wants & needs, and it should tell you to pick “healthy” foods or foods it truly needs. I agree with this…to an extent. But, I think right now, my body is not very truthful and keeps secrets from me.

For example: my body tells me it wants a Chick-Fil-A #5 12-count nugget with a large sweet tea (but JUST the medium fries), but it secretly wants the grilled chicken salad with little-to-no dressing. Except, it doesn’t tell me that. All it shares with me is the #5. But, I think before I can get my body to trust me with those secrets, I’ll have to prove I’m trustworthy.

I also believe I have gotten into this predicament by not denying myself. Each choice I make in a day doesn’t seem as important until I’m regretting the choices I’ve made and can’t get back. I allow myself to make a decision based on whatever lie my body told me that day. I believe that in order to let my body trust me, I must give it some tough-love. Part of that tough-love comes in understanding that there are some things I just can’t have every day. A great example of the philosophy I’m learning to incorporate into my core beliefs comes from 1 Corinthians 10:23 (the Bible? OMG, yes!). It says, “Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial” (NIV). Technically, I can eat anything I want. But what do the “unhealthy” foods benefit me? Does it get me any closer to the healthy lifestyle I want to lead? No, it doesn’t. But I can eat it, yes. But should I? No. I think I’ll keep asking questions and answering them. Yes? No. Should I stop? Without a doubt. Annnndd… moving on.

So, here’s my plan: eat simple. Protein, whole wheat, fruit & veggies, healthy oils & fats, you know…super cliché “healthy” foods and staying away from more processed foods. BORING. But, apparently people have been eating this way for like thousands of years, so we shall see…

P.S. I turned 25 and survived! 

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