When I first started lifting, my boyfriend would often tell me that the things I was eating were not really healthy, and I would get super mad about it. I would get mad at him (even though he had my best interest in mind) and mad at knowing deep down inside, that I probably should cut out the bad things I frequently ate, in order to see more results. Things I loved, like food from Mexican restaurants, Chick-fil-a, Oreo’s, and sweet tea. Oh did I have a love for sweet tea. And just sugary things in general. I rarely would check labels then, because I felt like in my head I knew what was “healthy” and not healthy. Boy was I naive.
Back then, what we now refer to as “my chubby days,” I would drink Carnation Instant Breakfast every single morning. Literally. I had been drinking that for at least three years previously, and I continued to drink them several months while beginning lifting. I thought I was doing so good drinking that every morning, because it was full of vitamins and protein. Once I realized that it was loaded with sugar and that I should be eating other things (like eggs) in the morning instead, I was really bitter about it. Inside, I was mad at him, because he was trying to change the way I ate, and I didn’t want to give up things I loved to eat. I wanted to see more results, but I also wanted and did (secretly) eat a bunch of junk when he wasn’t around (Ruben I hope you aren’t reading this haha). Anyway, he opened my eyes on a lot of things, like how companies market their products to be healthy when in reality they aren’t at all sometimes. Now you may be reading this and be like duh, but honestly for me a couple years ago, it was a real learning process.
I use to be so picky with things I would eat, and narrow minded. At first I didn’t like to try new things. I hated and therefore rarely ate anything that had onions, mushrooms, or other vegetables I disliked from childhood. But over time, trying the meals he would cook, my taste buds grew accustomed to the veggies, and now I enjoy and crave so many different vegetables and seafood that I would not have eaten years ago.
So many people are fooled, especially here in America. We think anything that is green or a vegetable is so healthy. Take salads for example. People often think every salad is good for you, when really they put a bunch of bacon, fried chicken, and a fatty, sugary, high caloric dressing on top. Sure it taste delicious, with the iceburg lettuce that has barely any nutritional value, as opposed to bitter spinach- which is actually full of nutrients. So many of my friends want to loose weight badly, but are unwilling to give up fast food, soda, and other things that are holding them back. Its hard. Really hard at first. I know. I never ever thought I would be able to give up sweet tea. Now, I can’t tell you the last time I’ve had it.
The most motivating thing for me that has made me have better self control and motivation, is when I started to see my body change. From cutting things out of my diet, and from grinding, butt busting work in the gym. Once you start physically seeing changes on your body from the hard work you put in, eventually you will look at the foods you once were obsessed with, and it won’t even appeal to you. It may take awhile, but I guarantee eventually it will happen. Don’t give up or let anyone tell you you can’t do something. I know that’s super cliche, but it’s true. If you want something bad enough, give it your all, both physically and mentally, and you will get it.
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3 thoughts on “Naivety With Food: I Was Dumb”
This time of year is especially tough to not ‘pack on’ by overeating, especially carbs.
I love your blog and value your opinion. If you could help me out that would be great! I know I don’t eat well and need to improve but not quite sure where to start.
What are your top five power foods?
I skip breakfast how bad is that really as bad as people say?
How bad is it to eat starchy vegetables?
If feel like to clean my diet I would have to jump into it drastically. Is that okay? Is there a way to do it slowly?
Thank you for your questions 🙂
What you eat is just as important- if not more important than what you do in the gym.
I don’t have power foods per say. I just eat some veggies (examples below) with lunch and dinner. And to be honest I should probably eat more fruit than I do. I normally will just have a banana every now and then. I am kind of hesitant with fruits because I try to limit sugars. Reducing sugar is a great place to start.
Breakfast is a rather important meal because your body has been at rest for several hours. I would encourage you to start eating breakfast. In the mornings, I usually have an egg and four egg whites with my coffee, followed by some oatmeal an hour or two later. Switching to egg whites can be hard at first- it was for me. But now I prefer the taste of egg whites over a whole beaten egg!
If you aren’t a fan of eggs, then try a low sugar greek yogurt. You can get your protein from that.
I eat both starchy and non-starchy vegetables; I just alternate them every other day or so. The main difference of starchy vegetables is that they are higher in calories; but if you are aware of how much you’re eating of starchy vegetables and how much you’re burning then it’s not something I would worry too much about. The vegetables I eat the most are corn, potatoes/sweet potatoes, okra, peppers, onions, and broccoli. I only buy frozen or fresh veggies because canned vegetables have a bunch of unnecessary salt and preservatives. Plus fresh and frozen vegetables just taste better. 🙂
Don’t feel like you have to cut all of the “bad” stuff out at once. That will be too much of a change at once. You should try to wean yourself into making changes. It took me awhile, months and months to make the right changes, if not a year at first. It’s a learning process. Don’t beat yourself up. I don’t know what foods you eat now, but what you know is bad, try to reduce it more and more over days or weeks to where eventually you just have it in moderation, for a cheat meal or snack.
Try to limit/cut out foods that are man-made, processed. This is a huge reason why much of America is extremely over weight. Try to eat mostly whole foods- they will keep you fuller longer. And eat the right portions of your macros. There is an app called My Fitness Pal which is really easy to use and is very helpful for keeping track of calories, protein, carbs, etc. Plus make sure you’re drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
I hope I was able to help and answer your questions. Don’t hesitate if you have anymore. Stay positive and patient. It’s a process. 🙂