Well, here we are in the middle of January, the time to make or break those New Year’s resolutions. I am happy to report that I am making EXCELLENT progress with my resolution to live a healthier lifestyle. I am a complete pillar of willpower! Well, I actually only started today because I just got back from my Florida vacation, but all the same, it is nearly 9:00 and I have not consumed one piece of junk food.
Before getting cancer, I wasn’t really motivated to eat healthy. I ate “healthy-ish” but indulged in junky foods and beverages whenever I felt like it. Most people eat a healthy diet in order to control their weight, but the truth is, I am just not prone to weight gain. Like my Aunt Marlene, I can pretty much eat whatever I want, whenever I want, and still wear the same size jeans I did in grade 7. Hey, don’t hate me because I am thin! However, now that I am in cancer fighting mode, I realize that I will have to trade in my diet cokes for green teas, and my cheesy Doritos for carrot sticks.
In keeping with my resolution, I started the day with a trip to the supermarket to stock up on nutritious foods. I am obviously not the only person going in to 2012 with a promise to eat healthier. I snickered to myself at my fellow shoppers pushing carts laden with fruits and veggies, while hungrily eyeing bins of marked down Christmas goodies. I noticed one woman greedily fondling a half price gingerbread house, then throwing it back in the bin and making a hasty retreat with her cart full of green beans and broccoli. I felt quite proud of myself as I checked in my groceries: sweet potatoes, zucchini, celery, tofu, and even a bag of lentils. I do have a question, though: what the heck are lentils anyway and what am I supposed to do with them?
Tip: You are what you eat! Start your day with a healthy fruit smoothie. Just blend one cup of frozen mixed berries, a half a cup of low fat yogurt, one tablespoon of ground flax seed, and half a cup of cranberry juice (or other fruit juice). Cheers!