Success Story – Eating Healthy Foods

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When I was a teenager, I was never health-conscious about the foods I ate. I did not eat vegetables and fruits often. What I loved was pizza, hot dogs, cheese fries, and chicken fingers.

I spent whatever money I had to buy these delicious foods and didn’t worry if they were healthy. It wasn’t until I was in my twenties that everything changed when it came to the foods I consumed.

A change at college

I was in college and I didn’t have much time to cook because I had tons of homework. So I bought a lot of microwaveable foods and rarely any vegetables or fruits. I found myself feeling constantly tired and having a lack of energy. But I blamed it on school, not understanding that it was the food I was eating.

One day, I was doing my homework in the student lounge at school. I saw an advertisement about eating healthy and not having to break the bank in order to do so. I was intrigued, but didn’t truly believe it because I thought eating healthy was very expensive and the ad had to be a lie.

However, when I got home I did a Google search on healthy foods and recipes. I saw that there were many foods and dishes that not only gave you energy but were also affordable. So I made a list of these healthy foods and the next day I went grocery shopping.

I did not buy any of my usual microwaveable foods like pizza or burritos.

Instead, I stuck completely to the list which had a variety of fruits and vegetables such as blueberries, oranges, kale, spinach, asparagus, and broccoli. Also on my list were foods such as chicken breast, almonds, mushrooms, whole grain pasta, and black beans.

A lasting impact for life

After the cashier rang everything up, the total for all of my items cost much less than how much I usually spent when buying microwaveable foods. When I got home, I followed a few recipes and made meals for the week. I was surprised at how easy the meals were to make and that I didn’t spend hours in the kitchen.

After eating these meals for a week, my energy increased and I also was in an overall better mood.

I was surprised at how much had changed in just a week. From then on I decided to completely give up unhealthy foods.

I spent the remainder of my college years eating healthy meals and foods. To this day, I still believe that this was one of the best decisions I have ever made. It helped to set me on a path towards truly understanding that the foods you eat have a profound impact. Unhealthy foods not only make you feel sluggish but can also affect your overall health. Eating healthy in your twenties can have a lasting impact for the remainder of your life.

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Stop eating microwaveable foods

I can understand that many microwaveable foods may look appealing, especially pizza. However, these foods are not good for you. Many of these foods do not have any nutritional value and will only hurt your wallet. They may seem tasty but they can make you feel sluggish and weak.


Start creating a healthy grocery list

I truly believe that having a grocery list of healthy foods helps when shopping. It not only forces you to buy the items on the list but can also prevent you from buying foods that you don’t need.

The temptation for unhealthy foods will be cut short if you adhere to a grocery list of healthy foods. I think it’s very important to always have a healthy grocery list whenever you are about to go grocery shopping. This list can be on a piece of paper or on your phone.


Meal Prep For the Week

I believe that making dishes for the week helps to alleviate the burden of having to cook after a long day. It also helps to stop the desire to buy fast food when you have your meal already prepared for lunch and/or dinner. It becomes something to look forward to because you know that you’re going home to a healthy meal.

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Zane Castillo

Zane Castillo

Data Analyst and Writer

I am a data analyst and freelance writer based out of New York. I enjoy music, movies, anime, reading, and working out. I can be found at a music venue or at a park jogging no matter the weather.

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