A friend of mine use to say “If i knew i was going to live this long i would have taken better care of myself”. He would joke about this while we were having a few beers together.
He didn’t believe in healthy eating then … and neither did i for that matter. We were both in our forties at the time. He never did change his ways and ended up spending his last couple of years in a wheelchair and died while just in his 50’s.
I was the lucky one if you like and had a warning beer and pizza shot across my path one day in the form of a mild heart attack that tuned me in to what was going on. Although far from perfect i have managed to change into eating more healthy foods and with a bit of interval training have lost a lot of weight as a result.
The reality is that it is still fun to eat but by eating the right things you don’t have to starve to lose weight and I’ve also learned you don’t want to be in a real big hurry doing it.
You’ve probably heard the expression slow and steady wins the race. To me, that’s what healthy eating is all about. You can slowly change your lifestyle by re-balancing your protein, carbohydrates, and fats … and getting some exercise.
You don’t have to dive in and do these things all at once. In fact to change your habits permanently the rule is that you must do something for at least 21 consecutive days before it becomes part of the new you. Try to change too many things all at once and you are most likely destined to change nothing … it’s just too much for the brain cells to manage along with all the other stuff going on in your life.
It’s also much easier if you like the changes you make rather than regard them as something equivalent to walking the plank.
Eating healthy can be done following only a few modest rules. Basically if you eat a lot of fast food and drink sodas then just quit them and it will help a lot right away.
Have things like nuts and fruit available to munch on when you get hungry for a snack. Stay away from the chips and dips. Even popcorn isn’t too bad if you don’t butter the hell out of it.
Eat lots of protein if you don’t want to get hungry. Contrary to what you may have heard, lean red meat is one of the best things you can eat. The keyword here being LEAN like in grass fed beef or cold water fish like wild pacific salmon.
Just quit eating any processed foods. Picture yourself as one of your ancestors 5000 years ago with just a loincloth and a club. What did they have available back then to eat? Meat and berries mostly. It worked for them or obviously you wouldn’t be here today.
That’s a good starting point for a healthy diet even today. Don’t forget eggs either. Some doctors refer to eggs as nature’s most nearly perfect food. Yes i know, what about the cholesterol?
I’m not a doctor or dietitian. I’m just talking about what’s worked for me and lots of others. If what you are doing now isn’t working then think of the old adage … “If you think like you always thought, you’ll always get what you’ve always got”.
If it’s time for a change then just go back to eating basic foods and get some exercise. You don’t have to spend hours in the gym sweating it out on fancy machines either. With interval training, as little as ten minutes of exercise every other day can help take off the weight and make you feel good again.
That’s the key to success … it will make you feel good again, and then you’ll WANT to keep on doing it. Pretty soon even the thoughts of a chocolate bar or a do-nut will make you feel sick.
It’s simple once you decide to do it. Healthy eating and some exercise. Don’t take my word for it … Google it!