I am guilty yes!
Practically all my life sadly.
Perhaps starting with my grandfather in particular
His favorite mantra to get us to wipe our plates clean was about all the starving children in Africa etc.
Now, I work out, well I walk a lot with some very light exercises in between.
But I use to do all the super aerobics, calisthenics etc. When I realized it was just all hype. Exercise is good, but the key is controlling your intake of foods.
Lessening or removing sugars and starches is key to maintenance. If you can not, then balancing your intake may be the best option.
I choose to exclude animal products from my diet as best as I can. Since I don’t cook all my meals daily I’ve found it can be challenging if I don’t have good partners to assist me in my endeavor. Case in point, I purchased a meal just yesterday and the vendor was aware I do not eat meat. I laughed when I discovered some meat in one of the portions. No biggie. They will learn slowly I guess. No need for anger nor stress.
I don’t smoke and I consume nearly no alcohol. I say nearly because from time to time, during a Blue Moon, I do partake. My food compulsions were akin to any other addictions. Some smoke use drugs, shop, sleep, use social media, sex, work. These are all things which we oftentimes do in excess. The key? Detox, fast, remove the urge and recognize your triggers.
I think of my long term health and wellbeing, how I feel now and how much better I can feel with simple lifestyle changes and choices.
I would prefer to be able to walk for exercise than do no exercise at all. Sometimes I do light calisthenics just to remind my muscles deep within that they are still alive. I am still here and challenging them to be stronger.
I enjoy my workouts because I can be present in my health choices, even if I do eat more than I should now its not because I’m being forced to anymore or tricked. I do it because I love my food choices and I know I’ll be stomping the sidewalk like a beast, shortly after.
I choose good health because I want quality of life. I want to make waking up each day worthwhile and as painless as possible to my body.
VillageTalk BY Caribguhl
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