Big Life with Ray Waters Neal Campbell no

Are you taking care of yourself properly? Is your health a priority? The reason I am asking is because this has been a weakness of mine my whole life. I love to eat. I eat when I am happy, sad, lonely, depressed, exhilarated, anxious, etc…..I love all kinds of food. I seriously like everything. Black licorice is about the only thing I can think of off the top of my head that I don’t love.  Ethnic food, southern cuisine, steaks, seafood, baked goods, you name it and I love it all – a lot. But all foods don’t necessarily love me.

As I have grown older,  I have realized different foods affect me. When I eat processed carbs, I wake up the next day feeling swollen and sluggish. When I eat too much sugar, I ache in my shoulders and joints. When I eat dairy, I feel bloated. When I was a young man I could eat anything I wanted and never had any consequences. That is not the case today.

I have been making wise eating choices lately.  These good decisions are coming from a different place. I am not eating better because I am thinking about being slimmer and looking better in my clothes. I am thinking about what makes me feel my best. That pie may look good but I feel like crap after I eat it. That pizza sure is enticing but my stomach aches after I eat it. That pasta is calling my name, but I have been there and done that. I don’t want to eat it now and feel punished by it later.

It has taken me a long time to learn this simple principle. Eating well is allowing me to live the big life I really want to live. I feel better and I have more energy. I am not a food nazi. I just try to use a little more wisdom now when I sit down to eat.


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