Yesterday while at work a group of coworkers were sitting and talking about their diets and how they aren't the healthiest diets possible. Half way through the conversation I chimed in with my usual "It's not the food it is the amount" comment. This is my nice way of telling them that their diets aren't horrible. I got a chuckle from the group and was told "You're not allowed to talk, you're not normal, go eat some fruit." Obviously the guys were joking but at that moment it hit me, I'm that health freak that people avoid.
I never ate healthy until I started riding a bike, I gave up red meat, soda, and chips the day I bought the bike and haven't looked back. As time went on I learned that a lot of the foods that I was eating on a daily basis were not healthy at all. I changed my diet to include a lot more fruit, veggies and protein. I will admit, eating prunes, berries and grains for break isn't exciting but the energy I get from the food makes up for the lack of excitement and taste. Six years ago I was told "Oh you will eat healthy for a little while but you will go back to eating desserts and unhealthy foods." I do eat sugary foods and things that I shouldn't but the portion size is very small. For instance a coworker brought in doughnuts, I broke off a dingle bite and enjoyed eating it. That one bite gave me my fix, it tasted great but I know what that will do to my body and my blood sugar. It is that mindset that has helped me eat so well, I believe that having small bites of the foods you love will keep you sane and allow you to stick to a diet that helps you achieve any diet goal that you have.
As far as alcohol goes I'm that social drinker, I can milk a beer for an entire dinner. I will also have a drink when I'm with a group of friends. After that one drink however it is on to water, if the people I'm with have a problem with that then I'm probably with the wrong people. The athlete and diabetic in me don't need alcohol, I went down that road and it wasn't good. I'm that stuck up athlete though, why enter a race and then ruin what you just did by drinking. It doesn't make any sense to me, I have no problem with the people that do drink after a race though, that is their choice.
I have realized that I have become that weird vegetarian that works out like crazy and eats quinoa. The truth is that I love who I have become, in becoming who I want I feel that I have upset a number of people. It is a strange thing, these same people are the ones that will give people a hard time if they are eating a piece of cake. You can't win when it comes to some people, at the end of the day all that matters is if you are happy. If you are happy you will do grea
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