I can remember it like it was yesterday. I woke up at 5:30am, got to the office about 6:30am, and worked until 10:30pm at night-Monday through Saturday. I would eat animal crackers and Pepsi One around lunch time, and then fast food for dinner. That’s it. I started getting really sick, and couldn’t figure out what was causing my stomach pains. The doctor said, “ulcers, which are stress-related.” He wrote me a prescription and sent me on my way.
After about two days, I threw out the prescription and decided to figure out this whole ‘health’ thing. And then, the addiction began. I started reading anything I could get my hands on, and joined a local gym. I soon discovered that everything I knew about the way to eat was seriously wrong. And trying to run a mile on the treadmill had me in bed by 9pm!
What really stood out to me was the notion to eat small meals, and eat them often. This was the opposite of anything I had ever believed prior to this. I thought I would give it a shot. I started eating breakfast, which usually consisted of a bowl of oatmeal, protein powder and berries. Then I would take whatever I normally ate for lunch and split it into two meals. The first half was eaten mid-morning, and the second half just after lunch time. Again, I would either split dinner and eat the first half as a late afternoon snack, or munch on fruit, nuts, yogurt, or hummus and veggies. Dinner would be a light choice of grilled chicken/fish, with a side salad. I usually craved a small snack at night (and still do!), so that is also another meal that I count on.
I pretty much eliminated soda, and focused on drinking the same number of ounces as my body weight. That’s a lot of water!
It takes getting used to, but once you get this going, you are constantly fueling your body with nutrition. Your body NEVER goes into starvation mode wondering, “when is my next meal?!” It will continue to constantly burn calories because it knows there are an abundant source of nutrients coming its way.
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~by Kimberly Olson