Sometimes I cringe when I think about how many times during my teens and twenties I cruised through Wendy's drive-thru for a cheeseburger, fries, and frosty.
Man, I loved that combo back in the day, but I don't even want to calculate the calories I was taking in during one meal.
Of course back then, I could eat fast food and ice cream and virtually anything I wanted without gaining a pound. Those were the days. Now a Wendy's meal would not only make me balloon up like a pufferfish, but it would also make me feel sick.
Over time and with a bit of enlightenment from friends and books, I've learned many healthy eating habits that help me feel energetic, maintain a healthy weight, and (if all the books and studies are true) will add years to my life.
One of the biggest shifts I've made in the last year has been from a meat-oriented diet to a more plant-based diet. I'm not a vegan or even a certified vegetarian, as I eat fish and will occasionally have poultry and eggs. I'd say 90% of my meals are free of animal protein. I don't eat any red meat.
What I discovered from this shift is that I really don't miss meat. I always thought I was "supposed" to have some kind of meat on my plate, at least for dinner. Now I've learned a variety of new ways to prepare and eat an array of vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, and grains. I've also realized how good it makes me feel physically and mentally to feed my body with these wholesome, fresh, nutritious foods.