Do you ever have people look at your lifestyle or dietary choices and then rationalise their opposition to it with something along the lines of, ‘Meh! We’re all gonna die some day anyway, I’d rather die happy and fat than have to eat a salad every day’, or even better, ‘You only live once, you might as well enjoy it and eat what you want’. It’s not just with reference to nutrition either, I’ve heard plenty of lemmings recite things along the same lines when discussing their choice to smoke cigarettes.
Well, here’s a newsflash. I don’t eat well so that I will live longer.
Eating well for me is about enjoying a better quality of life every day. If you’ve never had a clean diet then you might not actually know what it is to feel well. You may not even be aware how crappy you do feel, if you don’t have a feeling of wellness to compare it to. I know too many people who feel sluggish regularly, or who suffer from headaches, are perpetually tired, lethargic, or short-tempered… and this is normal for them.
Small changes to nutrition can have massive effects on your wellness and well-being. Reducing sugar, caffeine, processed foods, preservatives, artifical additives and alcohol can dramatically improve your body’s ability to function and thrive. Throw some nutrient-dense food into the equation and your cells will be singing with joy as your body finds it easier to keep up the mammoth task of keeping you alive every day.
It is so pleasant to work WITH your body, rather than against it. Do you feel sluggish and ordinary? Do you feel sluggish and ordinary and NOT know it because you’ve got nothing to compare it to? Give your body a break. Learn to say no to yourself when it matters (nutritional choices) and yes to yourself when it’s needed (exercise).
I would love to hear any stories or testimonials from readers about lifestyle or dietary changes that have had noticeable positive effects on daily function. Please share your story in the comments section of this post, or on the Informed Mama Facebook page!
If you liked this post, you may also enjoy The Trouble With Moderation.