About 4 years ago my youngest daughter who was 7 at the time, was told she couldn’t have fruit roll ups any more because of the damage they were doing to her teeth. As silly as it may sound, that’s a tough request for a 7-year-old, but she since she hated the dentist, she figured she’d give up fruit roll ups in hopes of not having to see the dentist again any time soon. As we were leaving the dentist I had a revelation. As an avid hard-core soda drinker-we’re talking an equivalent of 2 Big Gulps a day, I had to give up something that was destroying my body. If I was asking my 7-year-old to give up something she really enjoyed to better her health, shouldn’t I do the same thing? I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t hoping the extra pounds I was carrying around would melt right off in the process given the amount of sugar I was consuming. The weight did not come off right away and I was beginning to think “why bother”, but then I realized I was gaining energy and a better attitude so I stayed with it and continued to cut my sugar back. I don’t drink sugar in my coffee or my iced tea, and still don’t drink soda because I don’ t want to, not because I can’t. I did lose weight by choosing not to have soda anymore, but I gained a whole new appreciation for how my body reacts to certain foods. I challenge you to look at your nutritional intake and find one thing that you can choose not to eat/drink for a month and see how you feel. I believe you will feel the difference in a week, but true change takes 21 days to become a habit. You will be surprised at how much you don’t miss something you feel you can’t do with out now. Tell me what you are cutting out and keep me posted on how you feel and we’ll follow each other on this Insane adventure into fitness. We are in this together!
Stay tuned for “Tricking our tastebuds”.