Changing my eating habits has been at the forefront of my mind. I’ve decided that creating a positive self-image will help aid me in my journey of self-love. I admit that I am flawed and imperfect, but it doesn’t make me love myself any less. I feel that it is important to promote self-love in order to inspire others do the same. In doing so, I’ve been sharing more of myself on Social Media. It has produced a tribe of women and men, who appreciate the inspiration. That feeling has empowered me to take a deeper look at the things about myself that don’t make me feel good. Yes, I am a beautiful woman. Yes, I have a beautiful heart. Yes, I am inspirational and empowering. But, I am flawed, I am imperfect and those attributes have impacted my life and my overall health. With being said, changing my eating habits, is the first step toward feeling positive about my overall image.
This is me. While my eyes say, hello I am fierce, it’s what you don’t see. As a 36 year old Puerto Rican woman, I have always enjoyed an extra helping of rice and serving of bread. I’m considered tall (5-9) and “big-boned”, so even at a mere 180 lbs, people saw me as the big girl. Fast-forward through life past my 20’s, childbearing, being overweight and discovering that not only do I suffer from hypothyroidism, I’m also have type 2 Diabetes. These are not excuses, these are my challenges and the facts. So here I am, promoting self-love, positive self-image, both external and internal beauty, and while I am beautiful, I don’t always feel that way.
So as of yesterday, I’m changing my eating habits, so that I can feel both beautiful outside and in. Unfortunately for me, that means reducing the amount of bread and rice I intake (I laugh at myself, but this is very serious). Am I going on a diet? NO! I hate diets, diets are set up to fail. You starve yourself and then you overindulge. I don’t want to do that to myself, so I’m limiting instead. Luckily, for me, this means doing what my body already craves. Infusing it with more fruits and veggies. Limiting sugars (aside from those that go into my coffee), and sodas. But also, taking care of my body so that my illnesses don’t overrun it. So that also means exercising. EEEWWWW, sweat, eeeewww exercise, means I can’t be lazy anymore. I’m not setting the bar high, I’m not going in full throttle, I’m not going to kill myself so that after day 3, I give up. I’m going to ease into this transition because I want to succeed. Success doesn’t mean dropping 100lbs, it means that I am actively pursuing a positive self-image.
Changing My Eating Habits
So here’s where you come in… I need your help. Not just with positive encouragement and reinforcements, but I need your ideas. My favorite meal of the day is breakfast. I love my eggs, lately, I love them boiled. But if I am going to be changing my eating habits, I need versatility so that I don’t tucker out. Please don’t just say smoothies or shakes, those are drinks. I know that I won’t be satisfied with “just” them. I want your tips, I want your recipes, I want your photographs, I want your pins, I want it all.
What is your favorite “healthy” breakfast?
Leave me a tips, tricks, recipes, pins, & photographs in the comment section below.