Paradigm Shift: Eating

This year has been the most productive year I’ve had as an adult. For the first time in my adult life, the year hasn’t flown bye. Ive been present for each day. Among so many things I’ve learned thus far in 2015 is to build habits.

Through self reflection, interaction with others and traveling to other countries, I’ve come to realize that things that I used to deem “normal” are not. In particular, the way I eat.

When I was blessed to go to Paris, one of the things that really stood out to me was the fact I can’t recall seeing many people eat on the go. I don’t remember seeing people eating doughnuts or a bagel while rushing to catch a train. I saw people who made time to eat. Also, I didn’t see many people snacking on chips or candy bars. Parisians overall were slim and trim people. Not particularly in shape or muscular but to me, they seemed very healthy (minus the excessive cigarette smokers). I also saw a similar culture in Jamaica (not so much in Mexico or London). Seeing this created a paradigm shift in me. I realized that the way I approach food and dieting is all wrong. It’s not just what I’m eating, but also how and when.

So now, I’ve decided that no matter what, I will always make time to eat. I will cut back and eventually cut out so many processed snacks and replace them with fruits. I won’t deprive myself, but I will try to only eat prepared desserts. I think the biggest change was realizing that eating this way is not a diet, but rather a lifestyle; it’s normal to most of the world.

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