I have been fortunate enough to have never struggled with weight. The problem with that is I never really concerned myself with what I ate because I associated diets and meal planning with the need to lose weight. I never thought of it as being something I needed to be conscious of for health reasons. I ate out a lot, but I tried to select healthy options . . . at least half of the time :-) I knew it was better to cook at home, but I had every excuse in the book why I couldn't do it.
"I Don't Have Time"
I have a productively busy schedule and so I'm always on the go, but in spite of that, somehow I manage to have time to take very good care of my hair, which is extremely time consuming. With my schedule, healthy eating would require advance planning and I honestly believed that I couldn't plan ahead for more than a day or two. However, whenever I knew my schedule would be ridiculous, I managed to plan ahead to put my hair up in twists so my hair would be protected while I dealt with my hectic schedule. So I had to be honest with myself and ask if I can make time for my hair, why can't I make time for my health?
"It's Too Expensive"
It's true that it's more expensive to eat natural and healthy foods, but is that a valid reason for me to continue to eat crap? Although I don't like paying more money for my natural hair products, I know that I get better results when using them and I know that it's better for my hair so I don't question it. I've also rationalized that I'm actually saving money since I do my own hair and don't have to pay a hairstylist and I don't wear weaves and braids (you know how expensive that stuff is!). However, it's interesting how I never rationalized that healthy food is better for my body and therefore worth the cost. I didn't apply the same logic realizing that eating healthy food is less costly than medication or doctor bills, so technically I would be saving money while enjoying a healthier life.
"I Don't Know How"
I don't know a lot about nutrition and I really never took the time to learn how to cook. On the other hand, I didn't know anything about natural hair either, but I learned. Not only did I learn, but now I'm doctoring up my leave-in conditioners, mixing up my own moisturizing spritz, using essential oils appropriately diluted with carrier oils and testing pH balances. If I can do all that . . .well, you see where I'm going :-)
Recently, I began learning how to cook and focusing on making meals made with fresh vegetables. Also, since I have been having some blood pressure issues, I eliminated salt from any meal that I cook and I've been religiously checking the sodium content of everything I buy and make. It's amazing how much sodium is in most of the things I was eating! I was reading the ingredient list of every hair product I purchased, but I really wasn't paying a lot of attention to the nutritional value of the food that I was eating although it was clearly labeled.
|Benefits are internal & external|
If I keep this up, I can only imagine how I will feel and what I would look like by this time next year!
~Loving Me Naturally (mind, body and soul)