We are all complex beings..there's no denying it. Everyone has their own uniqueness about them- from their physical characteristics to personality. I think we are so caught up in separating ourselves from one another that we forget what being 'simple' means. What comes to mind when you hear the word, 'simple'? I literally think of a tiny house on a prairie. That's simple. Others may think it's a white tee shirt, a pair of jeans and converse. Seems pretty simple as well. I personally think there is much more to being 'simple.' I have a simple goal, to be healthy. Of course, being healthy could mean many things. For me, my version of healthy is to be fit and energized. That's my goal.
I believe that simplifying your diet and eating habits makes a drastic impact on your well-being. After this week, I saw an increase in my performance at the gym. My 7:30 AM shift at work didn't drag on as it usually does. I rowed 1500 meters and wanted to keep going. My skin feels fresher and my stomach doesn't feel as bloated. What is this simple change of habit? Eating 3 meals a day. Snacking when I'm hungry. Drinking lots of water. Eating burgers.
Doesn't sound so bad, does it? Eating lean protein at every meal gives me the energy to get through the day. Pair meat and veggies together and you have a well rounded meal. I actually craved burgers and chicken this week, not chocolate and candy as I usually do. I stopped consuming processed sugars and foods. Bye bye bread. I progressively felt fuller everyday. I didn't want to eat before I went to bed, instead I would hit the hay a little earlier than normal. I made sure to drink about a gallon of water a day. I would refill my giant water bottle 4 times in order to consume a gallon.
I'm not a dietician or nutritionist or professional health worker, but making the simple move to eliminate processed foods from your diet truly makes a difference. It's hard to start, but think of how your body will feel. You won't feel sluggish or unmotivated. Start one meal at a time. Resist the grocery aisles in supermarkets (except to buy peanut butter/almond butter lol) and stick to the produce & butcher section. Increase the amount of times you exercise every week. Track your progress. Focus on the positives in life. Feel good. Make these simple choices to become a better you.
I hope that this post will actually motivate someone to make better choices for themselves. I promise you that eating healthier is still tasty. For instance, look at my lunch.
You can see and taste the ingredients, that's how real food should be.