When I was away at university, I would constantly go to the doctor’s office for a new prescription. On a regular basis, I would simply HURT all over my body for no reason whatsoever. I was so depressed, so stressed out, my body was trying to tell me to stop.
When I moved to Florida from age 20-24, out of my parent’s care and out into the “real world” I either had a VERY low paying job (for over 2 years), or a corporate desk job (for almost 2 years).
Both scenarios left me steadily gaining weight. Being broke and working way too much, I didn’t think I had money for healthy food, I didn’t have the energy to go grocery shopping, and instead I spent money on Taco Hell and other such fat pits. I was still depressed, eating crap, and having lots of freak pains. I also lived in a real dump, so with roaches crawling around the place, it kinda put a damper on my desire to cook. Not to mention Florida is a hot, smelly armpit so the last thing I wanted to do was get some exercise outside.
I tell you these things for a few reasons. First, because our mental and physical health is so closely related. Sometimes when I consider “Broke and Healthy”, I think about mental health as well as physical health. Sure, it’s be great if we were all super skinny, but if you’re a depressed, suicidal, drug addict, then what’s the point of being hot? So, money or no money, we all have to learn how to be mentally healthy.
The other reason I’m telling you about my own weight is because when you look at me, the first thought in your mind is not “healthy”. I’ve got some pounds on me. I’m “curvy”, as they say. And if I weighed myself back in January when I started this site compared to now, I don’t know that I could give you any incredible results. Most of that is my fault though, because I despise working out and I have a desk job all day long.
Anyway, my point is, since I started eating better in January- since I started eating Broke and Healthy recipes- my health has changed. I don’t have freak body pains anymore, my mind feels better, my culinary skills have sharpened, I’m not gaining any weight- in fact I think I’ve lost a few pounds, but what’s most important is that I FEEL better…even being the total slacker I am and barely ever working out.
Eating real food makes you feel better. That’s not just some stupid slogan I made up, I’m living that change. Cutting out a lot of crap I used to feed myself, like fake food, tons of preservatives, fast food, greasy food and soda has made a world of difference in my life (although, let’s be honest, I do have some of these things once in a while. I’m no saint…)
Taking a few extra minutes to take control of your body, or your family’s bodies, and to stop and cook fresh ingredients, you’ll know full well that what you’re feeding yourself will actually nourish you.
I have a lot more to say, but I’ll get into cavemen and indie documentaries in another article. So if you ever see me and think, “She’s not THAT healthy”, well, you’re probably right, but we’re all a work in progress and these recipes are getting me there.
I hope you’re enjoying this website as much as I am and slowly but surely, I hope it’s changing the minds of people out there who are where I was a few years ago.