What comes to mind when you hear that phrase? I was in the computer field for 12 years while I was in the Marine Corps, so I think of computers. I’ve come to realize this past month or so that this phrase applies to so much more. This same adage can be applied to our bodies, businesses, families and so much more, but for today I’m just going to talk about our bodies.
In April my husband went out-of-town on business for the whole month. I tend to eat junk when I’m bored, lonely, or for any reason, so I challenged him to a weight loss contest. I took it seriously and started counting calories and eating healthier foods. I knew I felt better but I didn’t realize the outward effect it was having on me until my daughter asked me what I was doing, she said “You have so much more energy”. All I was doing was eating small healthy meals and heathy snacks.
When I started school recently I started snacking on unhealthy foods again. I sure could tell a difference! Remember Julia Roberts in “Pretty Women” when she walks in to the boutique on Rodeo Drive that wouldn’t help her pick out cloths on her first shopping trip. She goes back the next day, dressed to the 9’s, hand full of bags, and tells the lady who wouldn’t wait on her “Big, Big mistake! Huge!” I actually see that scene flash through my mind when I reach for a bag of Pretzel M&Ms at the store. Are the few minutes of gratification really worth the sugar crash after words! Garbage In- Garbage Out!
Do yourself a favor and find some healthier snacks to keep on hand. I like Fiber One bars, Oats and Chocolate are my favorite. I have also recently gotten turned on to Amway’s meal bars. I can keep them in my purse and book bag. Start your day with a low sugar breakfast, oatmeal with fruit works for me. What about lunch, try to have a light lunch. To much, high fat, high carbs food will make you sleepy, and if you’re anything like me that will cause you to reach for the sugary snacks. For most of us our day doesn’t end at dinner, so when you’re preparing your meal or looking at the menu, realize that whatever you eat is either going to give you the energy you need to keep going and focus or its going to make you wish it was nap time. Lets face it, we are what we eat, not literally of course but, if we put garbage in our bodies we are going to get garbage for energy out! What healthy snacks do you keep on hand to avoid the sugar trap?