Monday Motivation: Just Eat Healthy

I know we have all heard it, said it, lied about it, and have slipped up on it: DIET. A funny article I once read stated that there was a reason the word DIE was in "diet." I mean, you have to admit the word itself sounds so limiting and repulsive; I have even heard people turn down food and say the words "No thank you, I am on a diet" with such remorse, that I felt guilty.

But no more. That was yesterday and today is... well, today. I refuse to say the word diet. I personally think it is putting a label on a healthy lifestyle and therefore, making it sound like a bad thing. The tag line of my blog refers to health and fitness being a way of life, something you make an investment in for your long-term benefits.

So people of the world, mainly the small following who read this blog, it is time to remove the word "DIET." From now on, this shall be our response on choosing to eat smart:

See, doesn't that sound so much better? I eat healthy. It takes away the stress of feeling like you are punishing yourself, when you are really choosing not to partake in certain foods, because you know you have healthier options. Simple.

For the past week I have been fasting, and for those who have not heard (considering that fact that I have not told many people) I am transitioning from a omnivore to a herbivore. That is right. I am slowly preparing myself to become a Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian. A what?

That is just a long and fancy way of saying I will eat vegetables, but still enjoy dairy (lacto) and egg (ovo) products. Since I am training in bodybuilding, I still want to be able to get my protein and strengthen my lean muscle tissue.

I will start with this being my diet only 75% of the time (Monday -Friday). Then on the weekends I will allow myself chicken breast and fish only making me semi-vegetarian, I suppose.

The point is, that I am choosing to make a different lifestyle choice when it comes to what I eat. Why am I bringing this up? Simply because when someone offers me a delicious, grilled beef burger, I can kindly say, "No thank you, I do no eat meat." It gives me the power, instead of having to say no because I am on a d _ _ _.

As people striving to live healthier lifestyles, we must not only be careful of what we do and consume, but our attitude and reasoning behind.

Stand firm on your health choices and be proud of them. Everything is not for everybody. Trust me, I am not encouraging or promoting vegetarianism if it is not your thing. I love a hot slice of bacon and a delicious burger, often together.

This transition for me is something personal that I want to do. And it is temporary. At any time, I can make the same switch to go back to adding lean meats to my regular meal plans.

Make the most of your workouts and meals this week. Enjoy them, and know your WHY for doing them. Action without purpose is pointless.

Make it a Magnificent Monday!!

Until next time...

~ Q. Olivia

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