To Be Healthy, Or Not To Be Healthy: We Must All Decide!
I think that for many people who commit to a healthier lifestyle in order to become fit, myself included, the hardest part is not consistently working out; its changing your eating habits that is the kicker. All of us who decide to make this change have to accept that the days of eating whatever we want, whenever we want, are effectively over. We have a decision to make, one that defines our priorities. Do we want the constant and complete comfort that comes from always eating anything we want, whenever we want it, or will we choose to strive for a healthier version of ourselves, and change our eating habits in order to meet that goal? Sadly, we can’t have both. So the question is: Which option is more important to us? Is it better health, or is it complete comfort?
Its All About Attitude
Our society is infected by an attitude regarding healthy eating, that when something is “healthy”, that it is also untasty, and even worse, incredibly boring. That sentiment along with pickiness, I would guess, are the two big factors that keep a lot of people from being willing to branch out from what they currently eat and try new things. “Why should I eat that bland, tasteless looking whole wheat cereal that I know I won’t like, regardless of how healthy you claim it to be, when I could be eating this sugary cereal that tastes fantastic?” It is very true that a lot of healthy food in comparison to the food we would really like to be eating could be very uninteresting or become so after a certain point. But that’s why creativity exists! Even just a little bit of creativity goes a long way in helping to merge healthy eating with satisfaction of taste.
I Say, Be Creative With Your Food!
Why submit to the everyday boring food when you can create something that tastes good and fills a desire for something you’ve been craving. It is completely possible to invent a healthy alternative to a food you would really like to eat, but won’t allow yourself to have because it does not meet the eating guidelines you have committed yourself to. Here is an example from my own experience.
Who likes Coco Puffs? I definitely do. Although I rarely got to have them as a kid growing up, I am “Coocoo for CocoPuffs”, and if I were not as health conscious as I have recently become, I would absolutely eat them on a regular basis. Recently I decided that I wanted to create a Coco Puffs alternative for myself that would still be sweet and chocolatey, but would still contribute to my fitness progress. So I sat down and invented a new cereal concoction that I named Choco Kashi Mix, which I now eat maybe once or twice a week. I thought I would share the recipe here on my blog so that anyone who feels like trying it for themselves can do so. The nutritional information for my Choco Kashi Cereal is also listed.
Choco Kashi Cereal Recipe
1 Cup of Kashi Go Lean Cereal
1 Cup of low fat milk
1 Tablespoon of Hershey’s Unsweetened Cocoa
1 scoops of Trader Joe’s Chocolate Protein Powder(Trader Joe’s is my personal preference for protein powder, but you can use any one you like)
42 grams of protein
3 grams of fat
10 grams of dietary fiber
27 grams of sugars(natural sugars)
The Choco Kashi Cereal I invented is intentionally high in calories and protein in order to meet my daily protein quota for building muscle. I eat this a couple times a week, usually in combination with a healthy vegetable omelet to complete my calorie and protein quotas. Some people may give me a hard time because of the sugar content, but lets look at the nutritional facts for Coco Puffs:
Its Not As Bad As You Might Think
It is true, Coco Puffs has less sugar than my Choco Kashi Mix. But unlike the Choco Kashi Mix, Coco Puffs offer practically no health benefits whatsoever. The only thing you get from eating them is a sugar high and crash, whereas with my concoction you get a high dosage of protein, a small amount of fat from the milk, and a good amount of dietary fiber that will keep you from going hungry 1 hour after eating it. I feel that when eaten in moderation, there is no need to feel guilty about having a nice serving of Choco Kashi Mix in order to enjoy something chocolatey.
Thanks for checking reading and check back soon. I hope to have a new post up next week. If you try the Choco Kashi Mix, be sure to let me know what you thought.
So long for now!
Ben Sexton, The Fitness Llama