Until I finished high school, I was a convinced carnivore. My favorite dish was a meat appetizer, continuing with meat for the main course and some more meat on the side.
 
I actually never understood or even agreed with vegetarians. For me it was more than obvious that they’re missing out on “the good stuff”.
 
At least, that’s what I thought back then…
 
College for me was (and  frankly still is, because I have a few more months until I graduate) a time of reinvention: Getting in touch with who I am, what I stand for, my dreams and many other self-knowledge topics.
 
Today, I would like to share with you one part of the change, and that is:  Nutrition.
 
There are three main aspects of this change of philosophy and habit: 
 
1. I’m very concerned about what is happening to animals worldwide so that stores, restaurants and communities can keep up with the growing demand for meat.
 
  • The climax of my concern was when I saw a post shared by my one of my friends, vividly describing (with pictures included) how scientists are injecting growth hormones into new-born livestock to make them grow much bigger and much faster. Of course I will not share the photo, but I think you can easily imagine a 1 tonne bull with such huge muscles, that its skin was shredded. Oh, and by the way, the bull was 4 months old and alive! 

2. The amazing benefits of vegetables and fruits!

  • Including more vegetables and fruits in your diet may reduce risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, kidney stones, high cholesterol levels and the list goes on!
  • They help you enhance or maintain eyesight, have healthier skin, heal injuries faster, keep your gums and teeth healthy and much more!

3. One of the goals on my vision board is to be the healthiest person I can be. This includes:

  • Having high levels of energy all day.
  • Being able to easily assimilate information and concentrate on activities (yes, a healthy mind starts with a healthy diet!)
  • Getting into the best physical shape I can. 
 
 OK, but what does this have to do with the title?
 
The title of this article may seem a bit off-topic, but allow me to share the most common excuses I hear regarding eating healthy:
  • Healthy food costs too much
  • Healthy food is difficult to prepare
  • Healthy food takes too long to cook
  • Healthy food is difficult to transport at the office/school
  • Healthy food is not that healthy in restaurants
  • Healthy food <add any lame excuse here>
For all of you that still have any excuse for not eating healthy: It’s time to wake up! It’s 2014!
If you are reading this, you are blessed to have a quality of life (including income) that’s better than that of 75% of the entire human race!
 
Costs too much? Just this week I bought two bags of frozen vegetables with rice for $2 each!
Hard to prepare? Takes too much time? Pan + water + stove + 15-20 minutes = Done!
Restaurants “cheat”? Let me ask you an honest question: what would be the smarter choice, an extra large burger with a side of french fries and a coke/beer/whatever or a large chicken salad with a glass of water? You guessed it. It may not be the healthiest salad ever, but it’s the decision that makes the difference.
 
The damage has already been done
 
At this point, some of you might be thinking “well that sounds interesting and it seems pretty easy to change course, but I’ve been eating at fast food chain restaurants, devoured probably a tonne of cake and drank sodas like there was no tomorrow!”
 
Well, that’s no reason to keep your bad eating habits, and I think it’s better to make some changes now than never. Your health and physical condition will definitely improve!
 
I hope the information in this article has helped you get a better understanding on the topic of nutrition and the above solutions will help you make a change for the better.
To conclude, I would like to leave you with one of my favorite quotes on nutrition from the legendary Brian Tracy:
 
Don’t live to eat, but rather eat to live.
 
Photo credit: Masahiro Ihara

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