A New Relationship

A new heart-healthy recipe at my house:
Grilled Thin Boneless Pork Chop, Medley of Red & Yellow Peppers with Saffron and a touch of salt,  Sauteed Spinach with Garlic

I have abused food my entire life. One of my worst memories is of me piling my plate with four tacos and that was just to get started. Oh and best believe to round out the meal the plate included Mexican Rice and refried beans. A drink laden with sugar would wash down the highly caloric meal. Shortly after eating I would be so comatosed from all the fats and sugars I would just give into the feeling and go to bed on a full stomach.  

I'm glad, however, to say I'm in the process of developing a healthy relationship with food. The transition certainly has not been easy. For a while, I even found myself on the opposite end of the spectrum - not eating at all. Sometimes I would go all day without eating. By nightfall, I would have an excrutiating headache and then want to eat everything in the house. Clearly, not the healthiest realtionship with food, either. After some serious retraining of the brain and a firm talking to by my fitness trainer,  I've currently adapted a more efficient eating schedule. I eat five - six small meals a day and I eat each meal within fours of each other. Each meal contains protein and I've limited my carb intake to mainly vegetables and fruits (it has been extremely hard!).

Fortunately, throughout this journey, I've learned to love myself more than I love food. I no longer overeat, nor do I eat when I'm not hungry. After all, "We eat to live, not live to eat." I'm also learning more about nutrition so I can fuel my body with good stuff. I want to live a heart-healthy life, and it starts with diet and exercise.

The Obesity Epidemic is REAL!

The evidence of an epidemic is everywhere.

· Two-thirds, more than 190 million Americans are
overweight or obese.

· Obesity-related diseases are a $147 billion dollar
medical burden every year.

· Childhood obesity has tripled in the last thirty years

Source: CBS News