I remember the first time I walked into a Weight Watchers meeting. (Believe me when I tell you I’ve tried every weight loss program under the sun).
I saw someone holding a coffee cup from Starbucks and eating what looked like a breakfast sandwich.
I was horrified. How could she be openly CHEATING at a Weight Watchers meeting?! Surely one of the team leaders would see her and call her out for not eating an egg white omelette. The coffee I could understand, but hello?!? The bread?!
Clearly, I was a completely misinformed byproduct of this crazy society we live in. The low-carb, low-fat, calorie counting society.
Fast forward a few years later and I realize just how delusional and brainwashed I was when I first set foot in that meeting. Programs can screw with your brain. They tell you what you can and can’t eat. They tell you what is considered “healthy” and what is considered “unhealthy.” And they’re all different from one another.
So you can imagine how confused I was when staring at this happy, healthy woman who was enjoying her weekly breakfast from Starbucks.
It’s now been four months since I’ve been a part of these online challenge groups. And the best part about it is that nobody is telling me what I should and shouldn’t eat. Nobody is telling me I shouldn’t have my wine. And nobody is telling me that I’m messing things up.
Instead, I’m self-reflecting. Each day, I type up the things I’ve eaten and I – myself – identify what food has triggered my energy slumps and what food has given me lasting energy. I can identify when I’ve had a little too much wine because I feel bloated and heavy the next day. And I can identify the high I feel shortly after drinking my shake or eating a meal filled with whole foods and nutrients.
I’m so grateful for these challenges because they’ve helped me turn off the voices and the negative energy that we are overwhelmed with – telling us we are not good enough, we are not healthy enough, we are not fit enough. Instead, I turn inward and LISTEN to MY body tell me what is or isn’t working.
Contrary to what I thought many, many years ago at that meeting, healthy eating is not denial. We get to decide what we want to eat. Every day, we have a choice. Some days, we want to dive headfirst into chocolate cake. And, some days, we do just that.
But because of these challenges, I’ve changed up my internal dialogue.
I don’t HAVE to eat fresh veggies and fruit. I GET to eat fresh veggies and fruit. Because the kind of high we get from eating whole foods beats the artificial high we get from coffee, junk food, and alcohol.
We get to make a choice every day. With every meal. With each and every action we take. And, MOST of the time, I choose the ones that make me feel good. And THAT, I believe, is what makes me a healthy eater.
How are you CHOOSING to be healthy today?
Some of you may have noticed that I’m not blogging as actively as I have been in the past. I’m still relatively active on social media, so if you’re interested, you can find me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. I’ll be here when time permits, but I’m working on some other off-line projects that I’m really excited about, so I’ll be sporadically on and off the blog!