Can I be really honest with you? I love healthy food, really I do, but I don’t want my life revolving around all the things I “can’t” have. And I don’t want you to feel like you have to do that either!
Last night I made a version of Egyptian Beef Shawerma, rice, asparagus and Tzatziki sauce. Yes, I know Tzatziki is Greek, but that’s how I roll. My sister in law and her husband came over for dinner and I think everyone liked it pretty well. I also had slivered carrots and celery which added a little color and crunch to the meal. I don’t do this often, but I really like cooking for people. I did not plan the meal to be “healthy”, I just wanted to try something different. I found myself wishing I’d had time to make dessert, but no one complained.
Don’t get me wrong. I love healthy food, but I also love trying new things and I don’t think I’ll ever quit making cheesecakes. Everyone loves them way too much!
Have you ever felt like the only way you could lose weight was to give up everything that you love? Or maybe you don’t need to lose weight, but you want to feel better. You do know that you can be skinny and unhealthy right?
I don’t believe you have to give up everything you love to be healthy or to lose weight. You may have to make some pretty drastic changes depending on how much weight you want to lose, or how unhealthy you really are, but you can still enjoy food and have fun.
Something else I really enjoy is a beer now and then. I really like a beer especially when it’s hot outside and I’ve been working in the garden. When I go back to New York and spend time with family, we generally have a few in the evenings while we are sitting around at the campfire. Or sometimes just when we are all hanging out on Mom’s deck.
I want to encourage you that it’s really not so much about giving things up that change your life, although you will have to give up some things, it is more about adding healthy foods and habits. If you slowly add more fruit and vegetables to your diet, gradually add more exercise, start drinking more water, and be more intentional about keeping your mind on positive things, those changes will come much easier than if you try to give up everything all at once.
The more you focus on something, the more control it will have over you. If you want to lose weight, don’t focus on the things you shouldn’t have, focus on the good things that you should have. If you need to exercise more, don’t make yourself do the things you hate to do, find something you love to do and have fun doing it! Figure out how you can drink water and like it. To be honest, I used to hate drinking water. Now, I carry water with me everywhere and I actually prefer it most of the time.
Life shouldn’t be all about what you are eating, what you are drinking and how many calories you are consuming. Life is about living, learning, enjoying what is around us and savoring those things. If it can’t be savored, I’m not going to intentionally add it to my life. Go out and enjoy life. Try new things, especially sushi!