Sorry, But Eating Healthy Doesn’t Make Me Weird

I’d rather eat food I made myself rather than a processed piece of shit that will mess up my stomach. I have a sensitive belly and when consumed the wrong food, the repercussions can ruin my day.

I’ve been to the gastroenterologist loads of times and the doctor suggested cutting out meat to see if it helped with my digestion. I never tried doing that because I feared I couldn’t stay away from hamburgers, especially. But, when my husband and I went on a cruise for our honeymoon and met with a nutritionist, he told me to do the same.

So, I did.

The nutritionist told me to stop eating processed foods and avoid food with animals that have four legs. He also provided us with a list of foods not to eat. This time I complied because I needed a change. My husband did the same and we waited a month to see how we felt.

To my surprise, my stomach actually did improve. I stopped feeling like utter shit after I consumed cheese or dairy products. I began to stick to a healthy diet and cut out foods with ingredients that I cannot pronounce.

And, here’s the thing: eating healthy does not make me weird. I’d much prefer a salad over a fried chicken sandwich with mounds of cheese. Not to mention, how many calories is that?

Whenever someone offers me something at work, if I don’t look at the ingredients and know it’s processed, I politely decline. However, I know what they’re thinking. They think I’m strange because who doesn’t like chocolate or muffins or heck, tater tots?

What they don’t know is I must look at every single label when I’m about to eat something or make sure it doesn’t have acid in it.

However, there is such a thing as cheat day, which is one day out of the week where I consume whatever I want. But, then, I get back to my healthy eating habits.

But, let me tell you something, most of the population is unhealthy and probably have several cheat days in a row. 

We walk around not knowing we have toxins in our bodies. This could eventually lead to cancer or other diseases, but no one knows it. We all just go about our day choosing foods that are extremely unhealthy because they look appetizing.

We’re so busy that we pick up fast food or purchase frozen foods. But, really, if we took the time to think about how bad this stuff is for us, we’d avoid it like the plague!

Let me ask a question: If a nutritionist told us to start looking at labels and watching calories, would we? Sadly, no.

As a general population, it’s hard to stop eating fries, fried food and foods that make us gain weight because it makes us feel good. But, I’m done with all that shit because it makes me feel horrible after I eat it.

I hate people looking at me like I have 4 eyes because I look at labels or opt for a healthy lunch. It doesn’t make me weird! Maybe I don’t want to get cancer or any other illnesses because I’m not concerned with watching what I’m putting in my mouth.

Just think about it.

Via Puckermob

How to Avoid Mindless Eating

By Hope Kumor

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So, you’re busy sitting at work and lunchtime rolls around. However, you don’t think too much about it since you have loads of work to do. An hour rolls by and when you’ve completed your tasks, so you grab something to eat. Then, boom, two hours later, you’re hungry again. You tell yourself you can’t eat, but once your eyes meet those free chocolate glazed donuts purchased for the office, you can’t help but grab one. Before you perform this act, you must stop!

According to Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD, a registered dietitian, educator, and blogger at RealMomNutrition.com says, “Food seems like the perfect, easy, delicious solution. It’s also social–you go to the vending machine or to the coffee shop with a coworker and his or her purchase will likely influence yours for better or for worse.” She also provides us with five tips to stop that mindless eating!

  • When you have the urge to eat and you know it’s probably not hunger because you’ve just eaten lunch an hour ago, for instance, put it off for about 10-15 minutes–send a few emails, call a friend, run a quick errand and then see if the urge is still there or has passed. It might’ve been boredom or a fleeting craving. If you’re really truly hungry, eat something benign like an apple and move on.
  • Don’t keep junk food in plain sight. Get rid of candy bowls in your house and at the office. Put the chips up high where you can’t see or easily reach them. Pack up the leftover birthday cake in foil instead of a clear container so it’s not in view and calling your name. As they say, out of sight, out of mind.
  • Avoid eating right out of the package. Research at Cornell University has found that we eat more when we eat directly out of packages, especially large ones. When you eat from the package, you lose track of how much you’ve eaten. There’s no visual cue, like an empty plate/bowl that you’ve had “enough”–until you eat the whole package of course!
  • If you’re really struggling with mindless eating, track your food intake for a week either on paper or using an app like MyFitnessPal–it forces you to be mindful of what you’re eating and to think before taking a bite. Sometimes, just the thought of recording it may be enough to make you stop and realize you’re not even hungry. A food record will also help you identify when you’re most prone to mindlessly eat and that can help you come up with solutions and alternatives. If you mindlessly eat at night while watching TV, for instance, maybe you can watch on your tablet computer in your bedroom, away from the kitchen, instead or maybe you can walk on your treadmill while you watch your shows.
  • If you just have to munch on something, pick something you can mindlessly nibble on that doesn’t have much caloric consequence, like a baggie of crudite, sugar snap peas, carrots, celery, peppers, etc. As a bonus, you’ll be getting extra nutrients and meet your daily veggie servings.

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