There was a time in my life when I couldn’t overcome my constant cravings for junk food. If cravings are sabotaging your best attempts at a healthy lifestyle, read on.
At one time in my life, I was just repeating these same unhealthy patterns. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
I knew there was more to life than just getting by, feeling tired and getting rounder by the minute. Now I’m sharing my discoveries with you.
Growing up I was known as the cookie monster because I ate cookies for breakfast. McDonald’s was my favorite restaurant. I ate so much junk food and sugary snacks, and my parents tried everything but I despised vegetables!
By age 11 I had severe acne. I saw dermatologists and doctors, and every time I asked if my eating habits had anything to do with my bad skin. The answer was always no.
I went on the birth control pill and for a time my skin improved. I wasn’t blemish free, but it was at least livable. After starting on the pill, my usually too-skinny body bulked up. In one summer I gained 20 pounds.
My weight increased sharply during my first year away from home at college. I didn’t like the cafeteria food (who does?!) but I didn’t want to waste my meal plan, so I often ate fried chicken, pizza, or pasta.
I didn’t like the way I looked, so I covered up in big sweatshirts and baggy pants. I just didn’t feel good anymore.
I got my first wake up call the summer of my first year of college. On my way to the bathroom one morning, I fainted. When I came to, I was staring at the ceiling… and I was lying next to the toilet. I didn’t know what was wrong with me!
He sent me home and suggested I get air conditioning installed. Some part of me knew that wasn’t it.
By the end of the summer I had done some research on nutrition, and increased my intake of fruits (though not veggies!). I also exercised more frequently.
That fall I met my boyfriend, a fit Chinese math genius who confessed to enjoying vegetables. Huh? Enjoying vegetables? I started eating more bok choy, asparagus, and choi sum.
I stumbled upon the concept of raw and living foods, but I didn’t have much of a reason to go “all…