This quarter at YVCC, I’m taking a nutrition class. I have to say I absolutely had completely different expectations when I signed up for the class in the first place. It was starting to look something like this:
SAY BYE BYE TO JUNK FOOD!
YOU LIKE THIS CUPCAKE?
WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE?
“Well, Cheetos, it was a nice run. Maybe in another life,” I quietly said to myself. I was about to be placed in a boot camp that told me I was incapable of running my own life. That wasn’t exactly what I needed to hear considering I’m so close to adulthood.
My teacher turned out to be the coolest woman alive.
She shared how often she ate pizza, cookies, ice cream, and soda. It blew my mind. It was possible that I could manage to take care of myself after all!
She reassured us that we could continue to eat these foods, but in moderation. She talked about eating the appropriate portion sizes according to what our bodies need. How easily we could attain the right diet to eat pizza and not feel guilty.
Since that first week of class, I’ve applied myself and thought about what I eat every day. I log in what I eat at ChooseMyPlate.gov and it tells me exactly what I need and how easily I can change what isn’t healthy for me. My body feels like it is in sync with itself; I find my mood has improved. Nails, hair, skin! It all looks and feels its best. As it turns out, it is ever harder to be lazy with what you eat. It’s more effort to decide not to take care of yourself and you pay a bigger price for that.