An Evolution of Food Maturity
I have wondered how it is that I have become an advocate for healthier eating. I'm not a nutritionist, a dietitian or a doctor but over time I have matured in my eating habits. For me eating better has been an evolution.
As a child I ate what I was given but begged for sugar.
As a teenage girl I repelled food. I pretended I didn't like it and that you could live off a can of coke a day.
In college, my diet mainly consisted of what was cheap, could be eaten with friends and would go good with beer or a hangover.
As a young adult out in the real world the focus turned to learning to cook the food they sell at the store and ordering great take out.
When I became pregnant, a whole new logic for eating came into play. Your hand is sort of forced into eating healthier per say. No alcohol, take your vitamins; eat this, not that...yadda yadda. But once the baby came the focus turned to his nutrition and I totally ignored what went in my pie hole. Obviously, because one day about 4 years after having my baby, I woke up fat.
No it didn't happen overnight, but mentally I "woke up" in a single moment. I had applied to get life insurance like a good Mommy. In order to determine your rates the insurance company makes you go through a physical and blood work to make sure you're not unhealthy and at risk for dying. So the day came that my results were in and ..surprise, surprise; I didn't get a good rate. How embarrassing it is to have your insurance agent tell you that your premium is high because your BMI puts you in the obese category.
Now I had tried many different diets in order to lose weight but my focus at this point changed. This life insurance thing put a twist in my thinking. Diet no longer equaled restriction of food in order to lose weight. No now all I could think about was what if what I'm putting in my body is ruining it for the future. I have a young child and I want to be healthy and feel good for many years. So I turned to eating better, not eating less. I turned to whole foods.
As a result a couple years later I am more educated about the products I consume and the effect they have on my body. I've lost over 30 pounds and I just had my insurance health exam again and guess what? ...GOLD RATING BABY!
So my purpose in writing this blog is to share my research with others because changing your lifestyle isn't easy. It takes time, knowledge and support. So I hope to offer up what I know in the way of food and health products, recipe makeovers and some of the best resources out there to guide you into a healthier life without the any of the yucky stuff.
This section of Articles and recipes is written by Carla Bearup. It will give you hope if you have a child with Tourettes.