As I get older (currently 31 years old) foods have begun to take on a different meaning to me. They are not just something to satisfy my hunger anymore. What I eat now has become one of my main sources for obtaining energy, great skin, mental alertness, healthy body, and more. When I don’t have these things, I can look at what I’ve been eating or drinking and find out why.
It’s so easy to fall into the trap of not eating healthy. Reasons could be that its pretty expensive to eat healthy, its also more time consuming, and it can be a daunting task to try to reverse years of unhealthy eating but its worth it in my opinion. Going to Whole Foods every week for groceries (or I’ve heard some call it Whole Paycheck) is not practical for some. But it among other similar stores have taken the time to go through each item on the shelves to be sure that its as healthy as possible for that particular product. There’s a bit of ease going to natural food stores for food for the family because you can trust that they have done most of the hard work of going through the ingredients and weeding out the good from the bad and not putting them on the shelf if bad.
Going to non natural/health focused stores there is much more work involved because you just don’t know what the 15 letter ingredient is in your favorite barbecue sauce or your chips. There are ingredients that are very harmful to our health in common everyday food items. This makes eating healthy more time consuming, because you can’t pull up to a fast food restaurant and get food that’s going to provide a benefit your body. It takes time to cook meals at home versus quickly going though the drive thru. Another reason that can make eating healthier just not that attractive is that if you have been eating fast foods or processed foods all your life, trying to reverse that and the consequences is not an overnight task. It will take years. But again, to me its worth it.
And now having my daughter, and everything she eats as she is growing and developing is my choice. I choose what’s put in front of her. I can give her a good start so that when she begins to make her own food choices, she will have a history of healthy eating behind her. And its a great feeling knowing that I’m giving her a healthy start to life while repairing any damages to my body from eating junk once I was able to choose my foods.