To say that becoming healthy is “easy” is…..well, a big fat lie really. Like anything that reaps massive rewards it takes sacrifices, discipline and learning to be wiser with your choices and decisions. Think of getting fit…….is it easy? Heck no, it requires hard slog and dedication. Eating the right way is no different but once you know some “tricks of the trade” you can definitely make it easier for yourself and soon it will be so ingrained as part of your ‘new’ lifestyle that you won’t even realize that it was hard.
So this week was a challenging one. Our little family got very sick. Come Monday Michael came home from work complaining about aches and pains in his body. This is nothing unusual as he rides his mountain bike a lot and quite often has muscle aches if he hasn’t stretched properly after each ride. By late Monday evening, I knew something wasn’t quite right as he was laid up on the sofa with no appetite and abnormally inactive and quiet. He went to bed early and I was left thinking maybe he’d overdone it at the weekend riding and too many late nights.
When my husband and I met over 10 years ago we were on par with our ideas on lifestyle and habits. At the time we both enjoyed a drink or few and were certainly not mindful of what we were putting into our mouths. We were quite happy to indulge and fill our tummies with any junk food we could get our hands on. An ideal date night was sitting out on the veranda chatting till the early hours of the morning overdosing on caffeine, chocolate and flavoured chips.
I was 10kgs heavier when we met. I thought I was health conscious but if I’m honest I was a little naive back then and didn’t really understand what being healthy entailed.