I received a text from a fellow athlete yesterday. She wrote: Can you verbally kick my butt, about putting healthy food ONLY in my mouth!!!!!
Yes, I could and I did. However the thought lingered in my mind and as I watched March Madness on TV later, I was acutely aware of the way commercials pelted me with the goodness of junk food. Eat this and drink that because it will make you beautiful, popular, and insanely happy. Feed your hunger because you deserve it. What’s the point in eating moderate portions of food that’s good for your body when you can abuse it with fat laden, nutritionally-void crap that is purported to solve all of your problems? We’re being brainwashed at every turn and it’s just as bad on the radio. The barrage is endless!!! We need to offset the visual images tossed our way by the media.
Sometimes it’s best to fight fire with fire. All serious athletes know how to visualize. Most of us imagine success’ and challenges with as much detail as possible in preparation for big events. So why not do that with food? Imagine that a bowl of ice cream will immediately turn into rolls of sweaty fat on your stomach. Imagine that the golden arches are really a picture of your butt and keep driving. Imagine that those chips immediately become layers of cellulite on your thighs. Make the visualization as gross and as detailed as possible. Then imagine that fruits and vegetables clean and heal your system, shrinking your stomach as they pass through, dragging fat deposits to your colin. We are what we think about people! Let’s recruit our minds work for us instead of allowing them to work for the fast food industry.
Once you decide you don’t want the junk, you won’t feel deprived giving it up. We don’t miss things that we don’t want in our lives. If you want to become beautiful, popular, and insanely happy, you have to become the best possible version of yourself. Life is too short to settle for anything else.
Never settle for good when great is an option! Great is always an option.