Updated: May 28, 2022
My dad and I groaned when my mom got us all together one day and said, "We're going to start eating healthy." We knew what this meant because it was not the first time Mom made this statement: no more Hot Pockets, no more Pizza Rolls, no more Pop Tarts, and no more classic cereals like Cocoa Puffs or Fruity Pebbles. This traumatic experience for ten-year-old me would last a couple weeks or so.
To cope with the new lifestyle, my dad and I would sneak some Oreos. When I visited relatives or friends I binged on all the sugar I could get my hands on. For me the idea of a healthy lifestyle wasn't fun, exciting, tasty, or thrilling. It was gross, sad, grouchy, and painful. No wonder I gained weight during my college years!
But after looking at my spare tire around my waist, I started wondering about the either-or's in my beliefs. Either I could enjoy the foods I love most and look like an elephant with a short lifespan, or I could afflict myself with misery on a healthier diet and lose weight. To me it seemed impossible someone could be genuinely happy while eating a healthy lifestyle that didn't regress to binging. This began my journey to becoming a health coach. I learned how to change my eating habits by changing my beliefs around them. And that's the key!