I live with an uncontrollable love for food. As far as will power, it’s something I am trying hard to do. Regardless, if I put up a fight with myself or not, when I end up scarfing down a bunch of sweets, or a hefty plate of pasta, or a giant, carbful, cheesy/meaty breakfast spread, I kind of hate myself after.
I don’t know about you, but I like to indulge in things that are delicious, and, I like to feel good about myself after. That being said, I bring to you…
Eating healthy doesn’t mean I, or you, have to suffer with boring salads and nose-plugging smoothies.
I had an opportunity a couple of years ago to stay in The Bay Area for the summer, and my experience there with food was life-changing. The house that I lived with ate no meat, so all of our meals were plant-based, and let me tell you, I never ate so damn good.
A lot of what I know how to cook comes from what I learned at the dinner table in Berkeley. I was also more than lucky to be a short walk away from an incredible grocery store called Berkeley Bowl, and I was excited to live in the middle of a swarm of restaurants of all different cultures; people tell me I’m like a sponge, and there’s a lot of juicy stuff on the West Coast.
DANCING my way to HEALTH
For those of you who know me outside of this blog, maybe you already know about me becoming a licensed Zumba® instructor, and the reason why I became one. Maybe it sounds crazy, but I need to throw myself into situations to get to where I want to go.
I could totally go to Zumba®classes on my spare time, but just as easy as it is for me to talk myself into eating something unhealthy, I can talk myself out of working out. But, when I imagine teaching others and leading others to a healthier life, that’s where a spark strikes, and that’s when it easier to get motivated.
After I practice my playlist, I am ten times hungrier than when I’m just my normal hungry self. But, when I reward my hard work with nutrient-dense meals, I get full fast, and I stay full longer. It’s always a challenge to turn down a favorite treat, and sometimes I can’t do it, but when I do, it’s only a win-win at the end.
Through personal experience of battling with bad eating habits and laziness, I can assure that following a healthy diet that consists of wholefoods and lots of plants will only give you strength, and peace of mind. Also, I recommend moving in some way, every day; even if it’s just a walk.
The more care you give to your body, the better you will perform in all areas of your life… so STAY HEALTHY because YOU DESERVE IT.