Ten Truths

It has taken me most of my adult life to figure out how to eat well. I have always been conscious of my diet, but only landed on a balanced, healthy, and consistent way of eating a few years ago. A few truths I now live by:

  1. Truth: What I eat (and drink) is the largest influencing factor over how I look and feel.
  2. Truth: I control what I eat, therefore I control how I feel. (I like control, so this works out well for me.)
  3. Truth: It requires daily discipline, planning, and intention to maintain consistent and healthy eating habits.
  4. Truth: A healthy diet makes me feel comfortable in my own skin, which is a non-negotiable for me.
  5. Truth: What I eat does not change my value as a person. This is a very important distinction.
  6. Truth: My diet must be realistic (i.e. it must include wriggle room and allow for occasional indulgences.)
  7. Truth: I choose my diet. I am not a slave to it.
  8. Truth: My diet is not a wagon that I am at risk of falling from. An indulgence does not mean I have failed. It does not trigger a landslide of poor eating.
  9. Truth: Making good decisions in the moment is easier when I have the future in mind. For example, I focus on the Sunday morning’s planned workout when deciding whether or not to have an extra glass of wine on Saturday night.
  10. Truth: Being hungry makes me irritable.

What are your truths? Care to share any of them here?

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    10/07/2013 at 7:50 pm

    So what DO you eat exactly?? I struggle big time at night. It’s like a become a ravenous monster and I can’t control myself from snacking or overrating. I know looks are 90% diet… I can get skinny just by eating well. I wish there was some actually yummy healthy version of ice cream and popcorn 😐

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      10/09/2013 at 1:40 pm

      I agree, night time is tough. I’m not sure I have many tips other than staying out of the kitchen, drinking something like tea or sparkling water, or just going to bed. Once I get into the habit of not eating at night, it is so much easier.
      Regarding popcorn, have you tried air popped popcorn with light salt and olive oil? Still not something to eat frequently at night, but certainly a healthy option. I am going to post about my favorite popcorn recipes and tips. I LOVE popcorn.
      About ice cream, I WILL NOT buy it to have in my house. I can’t handle the deliciousness of it and want to eat bowl after bowl. It’s one of my (many) rules.

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      10/09/2013 at 1:40 pm

      Oh, and I eat very closely to the TIU Nutrition Plan.

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    Tracy Lukehart
    10/08/2013 at 8:46 am

    Love these food insights. Personally, I’ve just become aware that as I go through changes that come with turning 50, my food tolerance has changed. I recently eliminated all those foods that some of the population is violently affected by like peanuts, gluten, soy, dairy, and corn products. I found out gluten was causing me joint pain and irritability. Funny, most peoples I discussed this with my age battle joint pain with ibuprofen and other pain killers; they say, “it’s part of getting older, joint and body pain.” I found out its not, it the body changing its tolerance to certain foods that it no longer needs. Now I’m saving my kidneys and liver by not going the pain killer route. Bye bye gluten!

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      10/09/2013 at 1:35 pm

      When do you feel like your body began to not handle gluten well? Do you have a Trader Joe’s in Vac? They have some great gluten free options that are slightly cheaper than other natural food grocers.
      Excited about the 35 lb turkey and his 5 best buds who are coming for Thanksgiving!!

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    10/16/2013 at 10:48 am

    I recently started planning my meals more and it is super helpful with healthier eating! Also, I definitely agree with the irritability when I’m hungry! It feels like I’m trapped in a cage of unconscious walls of fear and frustration that get smaller as the hunger gets bigger.

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