Looking Ahead With Lauren: Change is Hard!

healthy-eatingI don’t know about you, but I grew up with the mantra, “If you eat your vegetables, you get dessert!” I often feel as if I deserve a dessert after every meal. It is a funny thing… thinking you deserve all of that sweet sugary sabotage after you eat a healthy (or even worse, unhealthy) meal. You know what you really deserve? Health!

I definitely have developed a sweet tooth over the years. Sugar is one of the most addicting substances on the planet. For most people, this is our crack. When we allow ourselves to eat tons of sugar, our bodies crave it. We just want that cupcake or cookie or heck, just give me plain sugar to guzzle!

Lately, I have been journeying into the world of wellness and learning a lot. I never really gave much thought into what I eat, especially since I am a fairly picky eater and tend to eat the same things over and over. I’ve been diving into books on what nutrition really means and why lots of foods that claim they are healthy are just advertising rouses.

I have a lot of ideas floating around in my head. I eventually want to cut out most sugar, junk foods, processed foods, dairy and most meat. The hardest part is starting though. That involves trying new foods, actually cooking and planning out meals, dealing with all those sugar and junk food cravings, being mindful of what I am eating, shopping for better foods, avoiding all the junk I know I will be exposed to at home/with friends/at restaurants, explaining to others how I am eating healthier (don’t we tend to mock change and think those people who eat right are “health nuts”?), etc. It won’t be easy and I have definitely been procrastinating on figuring out a new healthy diet (I hate the word diet… I am skinny and don’t want to DIET…so a new healthy way of eating sounds better!).

It is especially hard when they’re are so many opinions out there! Some “experts” say vegetarianism is the only way to go, some say sugar isn’t the devil but only in moderation, some say soy is horrible and others say it is healthy, etc. With so much information, it is definitely hard to dive right in to any type of new healthy eating lifestyle!

What advice and inspiration do you have for me? Any books or recipes or websites I should check out? Much appreciated!!!

Courtesy of Lauren’s Thoughts.

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  1. Lauren: I guess I am one of those ‘health nuts’ with a terrible sweet tooth! I have learned, over time, to eat healthy; I cook up fresh veggies: asparagus, broccoli, baby lima beans, and other goodies; I refrigerate in small containers. I eat steel cut oal meal mixe with Old Fashioned oats and berries for breakfast; I eat Greek yogurt ( every day) cottage cheese ( every day) and I try to have chicken, tilapia, or flounder.or egg omelets for dinner. I also sprinkle cayenne pepper/chile pepper spices on my cottage cheese ( anti-oxidants). I mix all my veggies with baby spinach and argula in a salad with extra virgin olive oil and apple cider vinegar. I also eat apples, oranges, pears, and grapes throughout the day.
    If I indulge my sweet tooth ( and it’s monstrous), I will eat Kozy Shack rice pudding or a pure ice cream. Lots of water, too, and tons of coffee ( addict here).

    • Great advice – thank you Shen! Sounds like you have meal planning down to a science. :) I just went to the grocery store to stock up on some more healthy goodies. I am going to start putting fruit in baggies for easy smoothies.

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