Ever since I can remember, junk food has been apart of my life. My mother did not like cooking meals, so we ate junk food. Fast food became my idea of a well balanced meal. As a child I was a very picky eater and did not like eating anything I was unfamiliar with. While other kids had parents that taught them to eat all their vegetables, I had a wonderful mom that bought me hamburgers and fries. Despite the fact that we lived on junk food, I was a very slender child. I hated hearing constantly that I was just skin and bones. I had a very large appetite, but it did not consisted of healthy food.
Growing older and putting on weight has taught me to consider eating healthier. I now enjoy eating vegetables and fruits. I even love cooking different meals and desserts. Eating healthier does not mean that you have to sacrifice great flavor in food. I’ve learned how to cook with wonderful spices such as sage, curry, ginger, and others.
One of the biggest struggles for me has been to give up soft drinks. I usually drank a Coke in the morning, noon, and evening. Grabbing a glass of water was the furthest thing from my mind. I hated to drink water because I felt it had a strange taste. Soon I learned little tricks such as placing a squeeze of lemon juice in each glass of water. Eventually, I started drinking water without giving it a second thought. Of course there were days that I missed my soft drinks so much. I decided living healthier was worth cutting it out completely.
I now feel healthier and have even noticed that my energy level has boosted. Fatigue had become my best friend. I had no energy to do any type of activity. I was always tired and felt sickly. Most of our healthier vegetables and fruits contain all the nutrients we need to get an energy boost. Broccoli, asparagus, and cauliflower no longer cause me to run in the other direction. I love experimenting with different dishes with these ingredients. The internet has so many resources for you to try different recipes without repeating the same dish over and over.
Learning how to live and eat healthier has given me a new lease on life. I’ve also made some dishes for my mom and she loved them. If only I could get her to cook, I think she would see the tremendous benefits in living a healthier lifestyle. So the next time you grab a hamburger or fries, think about how much it will clog your arteries. Grab a carrot or two instead.