One day, I was in Penn station waiting for a train headed to Pennsylvania. I decided to stop by one of the stores inside to pick up some coffee and a breakfast sandwich. I sat in the waiting area, took a bite, and then this man walked up to me and said, “excuse me, could I have the rest of your sandwich?”
I couldn’t say no because my wise grandfather once told me that if someone asks you for something, give it to them. So I did. But makes you think. Some people don’t even get to eat one meal a day, and some of us eat three meals plus a snack in between each. Maybe it’s just me, but eating can be seen as a luxury.
How many times have you said, I’m going on a diet? So you start on this new quest to lessen your food intake but something happens along the way that makes you not keep the commitment. It has happened to me. I went on a quest to lose weight. Gave up meat and rice and ate properly. I lost fifty pounds in three months eating that way, because I decided that I wanted to and it was right for me. But all of a sudden, I decided I wanted to eat meat again and gained almost all of my weight back in less time than I had lost it.
Losing weight can be a tough battle. But here is something I’ve decided to do for the new year. I’ve actually started on my journey already. Instead of saying I am going on a diet, I will say that I am going to eat healthier. Diet can be such a harsh word. Some people think that if they consider themself as being on a diet that they are doing it just to make someone else happy and instead binge eat in order to not meet their demands. But I on the other hand, am going to eat healthier.
It has been said that for breakfast you should eat like a king, for lunch you should eat like a prince and for dinner you should eat like a servant. That means, the biggest and most important meal should be for breakfast. Three meals a day may not mean breakfast, lunch and dinner for you but maybe breakfast, lunch and that in between snack because really, it is unhealthy to eat after 6 PM when the food just sits there. But don’t get me wrong. I’m not on a diet. I’m eating healthier.
When thinking back about that man who asked me for my sandwich with bites in it already, I decided to fast half days. I eat breakfast, a healthy snack, and a decent lunch, but after lunch which can be at about 3PM, I will only have water and a beverage on some days. It hasn’t been hard and I’m planning to keep it for the new year. I even found myself waking up not so hungry and I can just have a yocrunch yogurt and will be satisfied. But I’m not on a diet. I’m eating healthier.
Coffee is one of my biggest problems. I tried to give it up for one day and found myself feeling as if I were going through withdrawal. But it helped me decrease first from coffee with three packets of splenda and sweetened creamer to coffee with skim milk and no sugar. And now I can drink just one cup as opposed to the two and three cups I was having a day. For one, it raises the blood pressure. Not so good when you are trying to be healthier, for you. Secondly, for every caffeineated drink injested, it eliminates two glasses of water from the body. The recommended daily value of water is eight. So one caffeineated drink means you body will need ten cups of water to properly clean out your system. So I decided, less coffee and more water; less soda and more 100% juice. But I’m not on a diet. I’m eating healthier.
Hopefully by this time next year, I will be a much better version of me. I will be able to take one more spoon of vegetables and salad and one less spoon of rice and pasta. I will be able to fast from meat for an entire week and instead have other sources of protein. I will be able to eat fruit for one entire day and not feel tempted to have anything else so I can clean out the 15 pounds of fat from wastes in my colon. I will be able to eat meso, lentil, and split pea soup for a whole week without going crazy for pork chops and fried chicken. I will be able to eat more granola bars, oatmeal, and yogurts for breakfast than bacon, egg, and cheese on toasted croissants. I will be able to have a naked drink instead of a venti latte with extra shots of caramel. But I’m not going on a diet. I’ll just be eating healthier and benefitting from it in a humongous way.
I have confidence for what is to come. I’m not trying to lose weight. I just decided that I can’t let food take over my life. I’m not trying to be a food freak, I just want to have more of homemade and healthy selections than Popeyes fried chicken and other fast food meals. I’m not trying to be funny about the things I eat, I just want to bring my lunch into work with me from home as opposed to going out and buying the greasiest things on the planet; and expensive. I’m not trying to calorie count but being more aware of the 30% or less calories from fat rule and the sodium count of some of the frozen tv dinners in the stores. I think I will do well with this. Why? Because I won’t be on a diet. I’ll simply be eating healthier.