So…I think I looked quite the part of a rebel when I was younger.
(and…time for the awkward high school pic).
Yup…black hair (when this picture was taken, it was also purple, dark blue, and black/red throughout my high school years), really pale skin, lots of eyeliner, and way too much jewellery. I didn’t so much act the part (except the time in Grade 12 when I got suspended, but that’s neither here nor there), but I had the look down.
While I don’t really dress the part anymore (clearly, that’s a good thing…I’m better as a blonde) I’d like to think that I still haven’t lost that rebellious attitude.
We all read ‘healthy living’ and ‘diet’ tips…I read them religiously for years whenever I’d stumble across one. I don’t really do that anymore – they’re all the same, aren’t they?
They can have some good points and some habits that I try to stick too – eat mainly whole foods, whole wheat over white most of the time, eat as many colourful foods as possible…but some of their advice, I just can’t take seriously/have no interest in following.
So, I’m rebelling. I remember most of the tips that I’ve come across in various points of my life…and I choose to ignore them.
1. Don’t keep treats in the house.
(the current stash)
2. Never eat fast food.
(Wendy’s burger last fall!)
3. Always plate your food. Never eat directly out of the container.
Peanut butter is best when eaten off a spoon.
4. Don’t eat complex carbs after lunch.
(Last night’s dinner: chicken, rice and beans).
5. Go to bed a bit hungry. Don’t eat after 6 pm, 7 pm…or whatever random o’clock some people come up with.
Last night’s yogurt, casein and cinnamon swirl peanut butter snack. For the record, I go to bed around eleven.
6. Wheat is the devil. Some people are intolerant, but everyone else should stop eating it too.
Hello, bread and pasta.
7. Avoid refined sugar at all costs.
Except I keep a big bag of it on the fridge. You never know when you need to bake some cookies.
8. Don’t eat processed food.
Among the cereals and granola bars, I have sprinkles, vanilla wafers and a giant-ass box of Frosted Flakes. Win.
What I’m saying here is – don’t overthink it. And don’t think that you have to follow a set of someone else’s guidelines or ‘rules’ on how to eat. Eating chocolate when you want chocolate is really not the end of the world. Neither is eating fast food once in a while. Obviously, we should try to stick to mainly wholesome meals and snacks, but it doesn’t have to happen all the time.
Ate too much Superbowl weekend? Or had a bowl of ice cream just because it sounded good? It’s fine. You don’t have to ‘make up’ or punish yourself for anything.
You let your body make the decisions about what’s best for you and your eating habits, mmk?
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