It’s June 3rd and I’ve already failed at my “diet”.
(Happy National Donut Day…)
I told myself that June was the month to do my second round of “Whole 30” and really focus on a diet of clean eating, health, and fitness.
Then I “accidentally” ate a blueberry muffin and ice cream for breakfast and it was all downhill from there.
I hate the word “diet” because it says that one is only eating well for a period of time. I really do want to make a lifestyle change for myself and to be a positive role model for my baby girl. The first step in doing so is to alter my diet or my eating habits. I already eat pretty decent but I know that I can make better choices. I did my first round of the Whole 30 in February 2016. It was extremely difficult (so many birthdays and Valentine’s Day) but it was extremely rewarding in the end. I felt amazing, physically and mentally. I also felt incredibly strong willed for being able to say “no” to so many temptations. There are aspects of the Whole 30 that really inspired a change in my eating habits but there are also parts that I don’t necessarily agree with for a long term lifestyle change. Regardless, consuming whole foods for 30 consecutive days is a fantastic way to reconfigure your body’s response to foods.
In the middle of my February Whole 30, I watched a few documentaries on Netflix which completely motivated me to stay the course. I felt like giving up a number of times but these movies reminded me of why I needed to change my ways.
1. Supersize Me (2004)
This one is a no-brainer. I feel like it’s one of the first health docs that got people thinking about their eating habits. Unfortunately, it put McDonald’s in a negative light when in actuality, most fast food places are sort of grimy. One incredible outcome is that McDonald’s and other fast food places seemed to become more mindful of their foods and created “healthier” options. They also started to display the caloric content or their meals. Lastly, Morgan Spurlock is BAE. I will watch anything starring this man- I have all the heart eyes for him.
The main focus/takeaway from this film: learn to understand portion control and self control with foods.
2. Food, Inc. (2009)
This film is more about ethical eating decisions. It’s sort of intense (to me at least). I was a vegetarian for about 10 years and recently stopped. This movie made me think a lot about where my food comes from and the conditions that the food is in before it hits my plate. Although it is more about the ethics in the food industry, it really made me think about the choices that I make in grocery stores.
The main focus/takeaway of this film: be more mindful of the food industry and what they’re doing to your food.
3. Fed Up (2014)
This film made me think of my sugar addiction. I didn’t realize that I was actually addicted to sugar until I watched it and realized that on day 3 of February Whole 30, I was basically going through a withdrawal. Sugar is apparently more addictive than cocaine and is in almost everything we eat starting from infancy (formula). Holy moly… If this doesn’t motivate you to change, then I don’t know what will. The film also addresses childhood obesity which is definitely declining at the moment but it is still a very important issue in America.
The main focus/takeaway from this film: eat less sugar and know that it is addicting!
4. Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (2010)
I don’t necessarily think juicing is a legit means of dieting but I can understand the idea behind it. This guy wants to get the fruits and veggies in and by juicing, he’s getting so many in one portion! He has tons of health issues in the beginning. Doctors tell him that he needs to control these issues by taking a cornucopia of prescription medication. Spoiler alert: he learns that a change in his diet also gives him a positive change in his health. After re-watching this, I’ve actually decided to try a juice cleanse pretty soon to see what it does for me!
The main focus/takeaway from this film: eat more greens!
I hope that these movies motivate you like they’ve motivated me! The more that you understand about the science of your food and the processes of the food industry, the more educated you are about your eating choices! I totally get indulging on sweet and savory treats every now and then. Donuts and muffins are one of my favorite reasons to wake up! At the end of the day, nothing tastes at good as being healthy feels. The absence of bloating, headaches, lethargy and fatigue is an incredible feeling!
What motivates you when you feel like you’re failing at dieting or changing your eating habits? Comment below!