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eathGrowing up there were a lot of things I didn’t eat or drink like fast food, pork, white bread, Kool-Aid, and I’m sure there’s more I can’t think of right now. The reason why I didn’t eat or drink these things is because my mom didn’t give it to me. The reason she didn’t give it to me is because she was trying her best to make healthy choices for me. So naturally once I was fifteen and started working at McDonalds, I was questioned and ridiculed when I confessed I didn’t know anything about Sausage Egg McMuffins and Bacon, Egg, and Cheese-whatevers.

Since reaching adulthood, I’ve learned about even more foods that may not be the best for my body and overall health; so I stopped or cut back eating them. It has nothing to do with trying to be skinny or just hopping on the bandwagon. I tested different things out, and I noticed when I subtracted certain things from my diet I saw changes in my body. When I cut back on the beef, my digestive system started working more properly. When I started eating more grapefruits, my muffin top stomach started to go down. When I stopped drinking concentrated orange juice and started drinking 100% orange juice, my nails started to grow longer and healthier. For me, the better choices just began to become clearer in what I ate.eath1

Whenever I tell someone I don’t eat pork, it’s almost like they take it personally, like they birthed the damn pig that I am turning down. They jerk their neck and say, “WHY? What’s wrong with pork? Ain’t nothing wrong with pork!” Then I have to explain to them how I’ve never eaten it, I’m not a Muslim, and if I try to eat it I get sick. When I tell people I never drank Kool-Aid growing up, they tell me I’m not black, and again, get offended lol. I’ve had someone tell me I eat “rich people food”. Forget about when I was trying out my vegetarian experiment. I don’t think I’ve had so many eyes rolled at me in my life!eath3

I just don’t understand. I am not in the habit of telling people what they should eat. I just simply tell them what I eat or don’t eat and only when the situation arises. I’m not asking anyone to cook for me or do anything for me, and I don’t judge them for what they eat. I think people should do what they want. If you want to put yourself at higher risks for ailments and diseases all for the good taste of that pork chop or that swig of Kool-Aid, go right ahead! My question is why does it bother others so much that I choose to at least try to eat healthy? I definitely still have my weaknesses and I’m not a health nut. It just so happens that a lot of the food I do like and have always liked happens to be good for me. Why is that such a major offense to folks?

moderation
I can’t stand bananas. I don’t like the smell of them, don’t like the taste, and I can’t stand the mushy texture. Still, I eat one daily along with 3-4 other fruits. I do this because I know bananas are beneficial to my health. They provide nutrients to my body that it needs. I’m in no way suggesting people need to do what I do, and I am far from a health nut. However, I do take an interest in my health and the wellness of my body. I mean we only get one body right?

So why is it that with all the information that is out there today, staring us in the face, people still continue to live on unhealthy regiments? We live in a world now where obesity is embraced and even celebrated. Don’t misunderstand me. Everyone should be proud and confident in the skin they’re in, but there’s a big difference between being overweight and/or out of shape due to genetics than from just eating all the wrong stuff.

So many people refuse to eat vegetables because they say they taste nasty. In my opinion I just think it’s a mental thing. Keep repeating something long enough and people will just believe it. Nasty or not, if you know something can reduce your risks or possibly avoid developing things like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, heart attack, high blood pressure, etc. why not just eat it? Eating all the junk you want might be cute now, but I wonder how cute you will feel when the doctor tells you that you have diabetes. Then you’ll be quick to say, “I had no warning signs. This just came out of nowhere!” or “That ain’t nothing but the devil”. No, actually it’s not. It’s YOU!

It’s true you can’t avoid everything and some people have no control over the diseases they get, but a lot of things can be avoided if you just put down the pork chop and pick up some broccoli. You don’t have to become a stick figure vegan overnight but eat things in moderation. Americans especially love to do everything in excess. There’s no reason why we need to treat every meal like the last supper. Put down the honeybun and pick up an apple. Why wait until you’re diagnosed with something to start eating right?