In undergrad and early on after, I was incredibly passionate about food and exercise as medicine. Recently, I drifted off that path a bit in my own personal lifestyle.
I have to say, my energy levels went down, my skin started to break out, managing stress got more difficult and my confidence levels fell. Plus, I was having more anxiety and not sleeping as well. The fact that I kept telling myself I needed to practice what I preach made me drift even further from the lifestyle I wanted to promote. At the end of the day, it can feel easier to choose the path of faster foods and shorter workouts (or none at all). Going to graduate school full time and working full time made things hard for me. I kept telling myself, I’ll start back on track tomorrow. Something always came up and tomorrow would be another day/week and so forth. It’s hard to tell friends, family, etc no to going out to restaurants that don’t have the best choices or celebrations/holidays and food involved with them.
The thing is, I do know how much better I feel when I get at least 1 hour of physical activity a day, keep my steps count over at least 8,000 a day, and eat a balanced diet. I circled back and watched “sugar: the bitter truth” which was one of the first things that truly inspired me to think more about what I was eating.
The point of what I’m writing is that sometimes, it can be hard to choose the path that might be better to take. I drifted, but I came back. We can have “bad” days and weeks, the important thing is that we remember what’s important to us, what we’re passionate about, and what helps us feel the best and find our way to it.
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