Tabz' Unofficial Guide to the Daniel Plan: One of "Those" People

I have a confession to make. I’m one of those people now. You know… the granola crunchers, health food nuts, food Nazis, whatever you like to call it. I am one.

Not that I ever thought I’d be one. I too for awhile rallied in free choice and free will and free heart attacks. Like the legions of smokers in the generation previous I thought (reasonably to myself) that I should have the choice to do what I wanted (only instead of smoking it was what I eat and how could eating “healthy” food really help me). I thought people were wrong for judging fat people (like myself) and I cursed the image conscious society that pushed it’s size 0 shape on the world.

I hadn’t made the connection between my beliefs about food were similar to the beliefs I hated smokers for having. I fully believe if my paternal grandparents had stopped smoking they’d be alive long enough to see me grow up. Part of me will always be hurt they chose cigarettes over their health. Yet, it took me nearly 30 years to understand that I was doing the same thing to my body — only with food.

So now I’m one of those people who eat veggie burgers and don’t order fries. The person who shops at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. The person who wants to scream out her window as she passes McDonalds – don’t do it! It’s not worth it! Why? Because I’ve realized that eating what I wanted, when I wanted was selfish and I was killing myself. I was tired, sluggish, morbidly overweight and making choices like some five year old — and throwing a fit when I couldn’t have my way. In short? I, like the smokers, was addicted.

What’ I’ve Learned

I learned that sugar, fat and salt can have the same effects on the brain as a drug. You can have addictions to the high levels. Unfortunately most processed food (food you get in the freezer section, in a box, anything with a list of ingredients that you can’t pronounce) has high levels of sugar, fat and salt. I learned that some people are getting four days worth of salt in one meal out.

I learned that eating organic wasn’t some kind of trick to get you to spend more money – that it was a choice you should make because those chemicals bind with fat cells and make them harder to get rid of…. I learned that like a car if you put bad fuel sources in, you’ll eventually ruin your car or your body.

I learned that having protein in the morning makes you more alert and less hungry during the day.

I learned that drinking water can actually keep you awake.

What does one of those people look like?
So now I’m an evangelist of eating healthy, organic, raw food (not uncooked, just unprocessed). I’ve seen the “miracles” it can do. People have gone from a medicine cabinet full of medicines to hardly any prescriptions at all. I’ve lost 30lbs and am intent on losing more. And, if you’re reading this, I want you to understand the power food has in your body and I would love for you to be healthy with me and eat good food. It’s not a fun choice, your inner toddler is going to scream for you to eat whatever you want, but believe me when I say becoming one of “those” people is the best thing you could ever do.

How to get started
Check out my other blogs in this series, but the number one thing to do is commit to a new way of life. Commit to a lifestyle. You’re going to have to change your eating habits — like a smoker you’re going to have to quit stuff you like… sometimes it’s super easy, other things will be hard, but be healthy. I don’t want you dying and having someone you love partially hurt because you didn’t make the right choice.

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One Comment

  1. Hithwenur
    Posted December 7, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Going all the way organic? You haven’t sold me on that. But I do respect that you’re trying to do what’s best for your body and encourage others to do the same, and I think that if not “super-healthy,” “healthier-than-I-am-now” is something which I could probably afford to do. <.<

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