Eating For Health

03/31/2011 at 11:04 am 85 comments

Ok let’s start off with the basics. I LOVE food, all kinds, I’m not very biased. Most people assume that I don’t eat or that I don’t enjoy the pleasures of eating a warm fresh out of the oven Krispy Kreme donut.

If there’s one girl who cannot give up sweets, its me (and most of you ;)). A warm brownie topped with ice cream, a cookie that’s soft on the inside, a decadent creamy cheesecake, it makes my face light up. Most people abuse the privilege of eating, that’s when it becomes a problem. It doesn’t take much to pack on some serious pounds. Sure genetics may help keep you thin, while you put down cheeseburger after cheeseburger, but in reality what’s the need? Does it make you feel good and satisfied? My mom use to take me to McDonalds everyday after school. I always ordered the same thing: a cheeseburger, fries, and a milkshake. If I only knew how many calories I was consuming on that meal alone.

It doesn’t take long to start seeing that extra bulge that wasn’t there before. That’s when people start to diet. If there’s one word I hate (after toned), it’s diet. It sounds like some sort of torture where you must eat less than 1400 calories or else. It becomes a contest to see how little calories you can eat each day without possibly passing out.

“You ate 1000? Please I ate 500, you need more will power if you want to be thin”

As soon as you start seeing the weight come off, it becomes natural to think you’re doing it right while you deprive your body of all the nutrients it needs. This is the trap of the diet. You eat crap, you gain weight. You eat less crap, you lose weight. Once you’ve reached your “goal” weight which is usually lower than what you said you were going to be then the old eating habits start creeping back. McDonalds for breakfast, Wendys for lunch, BK for dinner.

As a society I’ve come to realize that people don’t eat healthy for nutrition, they do it for body image. I changed my eating habits because I put on some weight but I still eat that way because it’s what my body needs to feel good and to work efficiently. Most people don’t understand the concept. Having McDonalds because you reached your goal weight churns my stomach. Eat a real damn burger, not some mystery meat. I prefer my food over restaurant food any day of the week. I enjoy food more than 90% of people who take it for granted. Eating at a fancy restaurant is a gift to myself, not just a regular occurrence.

I eat veggies, fruits, and whole grains because it gives me the minerals, vitamins, and EFA’s to keep my body running. This isn’t a path to weight loss for me because once you reach it, most people don’t know where to go. Eat for health and you’ll never go wrong. And for that those people who said oatmeal is disgusting, I might have to reconsider our friendship πŸ˜‰


Made with oats, flax, 1/3 nanner, 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk,

2/3 cup water, cinnamon

Topped with walnuts, raisins, bunnies!

Banana Bread Oatmeal

Made with oats, flax, 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, 2/3 cup water,

1/3 nanner cinnamon, & 1/3 of a Western Cinnamon bagel

Topped with peanuts, graham cracker, Back to Nature granola, and cinnamon raisin pb

Now please tell me you don’t like oatmeal πŸ™‚

  • Do you find that most people start eating healthy for the wrong reasons?

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  • 1. Jess  |  03/31/2011 at 11:11 am

    I definitely started eating healthy for the wrong reasons (completely to be skinny) but after going through everything that came with that, I have begun to eat healthy to live a long life and be fit- not skinny.

  • 2. movesnmunchies  |  03/31/2011 at 11:12 am

    SO AGREED! i hate when ppl diet just to be skinny or becuz they wnt to fit in.. SO SO SO AGREE its about health!!

  • 3. Cara @ ChicMeetsHealthy  |  03/31/2011 at 11:58 am

    love this post! diets never work and most times we fall into the same category as our parents habits. healthy eating should be a lifestyle and not just have a “goal” time-line!

  • 4. Parita @ myinnershakti  |  03/31/2011 at 12:25 pm

    YES! YES! YES! I hate hate hate the word diet! It makes my blood boil! I find that most people I talk to are looking for a short term fix. They don’t realize that they need to make a lifestyle change, and that the process should be slow and steady. I’m hoping healthy living blogs change the world’s view on the term diet. πŸ˜‰

    • 5. Jenny  |  04/01/2011 at 10:59 am

      Me too girl πŸ™‚

  • 6. Stefanie @TheNewHealthy  |  03/31/2011 at 12:34 pm

    “Eat for health and you’ll never go wrong.” This is SO SO true!!! πŸ™‚

  • 7. Alexa @ Simple Eats  |  03/31/2011 at 12:46 pm

    What an AWESOME post. You’ve got the right attitude, girl! I wish more people could understand this. I hate seeing people struggle with this!

  • 8. Alyssa  |  03/31/2011 at 1:15 pm

    I eat well because it makes me FEEL well. it’s just a bonus that healthy things make you look good, too. πŸ˜‰

  • 9. Hollie @ Lolzthatswim(andRun)  |  03/31/2011 at 1:34 pm

    I agree 100%. Most people in society tend to eat healthy so that they can look good not because it makes your body run better. It is such a sad truth. 😦

  • 10. applesnoats  |  03/31/2011 at 2:20 pm

    I love this you are so right!!I started eating healthy at first for weight loss but now I’m all about my chocolate ,peanut butter and oats…or chocolate oats or chocolate peanut butter oats:)
    Ps totally a sweets person too! Cake will forever own me

    • 11. Jenny  |  04/01/2011 at 11:00 am

      How crazy that some ppl still think pb is unhealthy?! Gasp!!

  • 12. Shanna, like Banana  |  03/31/2011 at 2:58 pm

    I started eating healthy for body image, but now it’s so much more than that. I crave healthy foods. I love the balance. I love the challenge of getting all my balanced nutrients in every meal. I love the way I feel after eating healthy.

    • 13. Jenny  |  04/01/2011 at 11:01 am

      Oh me too for sure. My body can tell the difference when I eat unhealthy foods

  • 14. Andrea @ Vegvacious  |  03/31/2011 at 3:27 pm

    Hi! I love your blog.
    When I was younger, I changed the way I ate to get thin. It wasn’t healthy and it certainly was not based on any research or knowledge about healthy eating, fitness, etc. My reasons for eating heatlhy now are similar to yours. I want to fuel my body in the best way possible!!
    PS – I love oatmeal & yours looks fantastic πŸ™‚

    • 15. Jenny  |  04/01/2011 at 11:01 am

      Thank you Andrea! πŸ˜€

  • 16. Christina @ Food.Fun.Fabulous.  |  03/31/2011 at 3:28 pm

    I definitely agree. If only more people ate for health imagine how different life would be……

  • 17. Jessica @ Dishin' About Nutrition  |  03/31/2011 at 3:44 pm

    Absolutely. I feel like most people simply eating healthy to lose weight will never make it a lifestyle and therefore gain whatever they lose. Those who eat healthy for the right reasons have more chance for success in the long run but getting to that point and appreciating your body and what it can do, does not always come easy, at least it didn’t for me and it still hasn’t for many of my friends

    • 18. Jenny  |  04/01/2011 at 11:02 am

      It’s definitely not easy but worth the challenge πŸ˜‰

  • 19. Sophia @ Raven Waves  |  03/31/2011 at 4:15 pm

    Definitely think that most people eat healthy for the wrong reasons. It shouldn’t just be about losing weight. It’s also about being healthy and feeling better! πŸ™‚

  • 20. Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit  |  03/31/2011 at 4:43 pm

    So very true! Not only do many people not understand the concept of continuing to eat well because it’s what their body needs, they don’t understand why/how food can impact their health. I cannot tell you how many people I talk to about nutrition that flat out tell me that food cannot influence their health. Uhh what? haha it gets me EVERY time.
    Great post!!

    • 21. Jenny  |  04/01/2011 at 11:03 am

      People don’t listen to my advice anymore lol =/

  • 22. Mandi  |  03/31/2011 at 4:45 pm

    I absolutely love this post! Eating healthy should never only be about losing weight. I do understand how someone who’s overweight would want to switch to a healthy diet in order to lose weight, but that decision should be about health as well, not just body image, and they shouldn’t resort back to old eating habits just because they reached a goal weight. Personally, I love the way eating healthy makes me feel and wouldn’t switch to a diet of doughnuts and fries even if it wouldn’t effect your weight at all (although in moderation, things like that are definitely okay πŸ˜‰ )

    • 23. Jenny  |  04/01/2011 at 11:04 am

      Definitely agree! I’ll have a donut once in a blue moon if I want it, not bc it’s there πŸ™‚

  • 24. Sara @ The Bucket List  |  03/31/2011 at 4:49 pm

    Love this post (plus it reminds me of mine! πŸ˜‰ ) It’s all about finding that healthy balance where you FEEL good and LOOK good!

    So glad you enjoyed my guest post! I’m glad you did because now I stumbled upon your blog! πŸ™‚

    • 25. Jenny  |  04/01/2011 at 11:04 am

      Yay I love a new blogger friend! πŸ˜€

  • 26. BrittFit  |  03/31/2011 at 5:26 pm

    LOVE this post! soo many american women diet for body image and size…not health!

  • 27. paijery  |  03/31/2011 at 5:32 pm

    I totally started eating healthy to be skinny. Back then I had no idea about what real food was or knew anything about my health! Thanks to awesome blogs (like yours!!) I am so informed now and eat to fuel and nourish my body – not to fit into a pair of jeans!

    • 28. Jenny  |  04/01/2011 at 11:04 am

      Thank you πŸ™‚

  • 29. Caitlyn (The Spoonful of Life)  |  03/31/2011 at 6:31 pm

    Great post! I couldn’t agree more about eating for health versus eating to achieve a certain body image. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, etc are so fun to eat because I know they’re doing something WONDERFUL for my body! Oh yeah, they’re also so darn delicious πŸ™‚

    • 30. Jenny  |  04/01/2011 at 11:06 am

      I love my veggies πŸ˜€

  • 31. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)  |  03/31/2011 at 6:31 pm

    So many people I know want to lose weight but don’t even eat healthy- their only motivation is to lose weight. When I started losing weight two years ago, I wasn’t eating very healthy but my portions were tiny, and I did lose weight. Although I’m quite a bit heavier now, I eat much healthier and I feel SO much better!

    • 32. Jenny  |  04/01/2011 at 11:06 am

      In the end, feeling good is what matters πŸ™‚

  • 33. Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner)  |  03/31/2011 at 6:38 pm

    This post is AWESOME!! I definitely started eating ‘healthy’ to try and get skinny…only the Special K diet isn’t what I’d call healthy now! πŸ˜› I LOVE the way I eat now, knowing that most of what I eat is good for my body! πŸ™‚

    • 34. Jenny  |  04/01/2011 at 11:07 am

      Ah I tried the Special K diet too! I actually gained some weight bc I didn’t realize that a portion was what I considered a snack not a meal…

  • 35. katiivey  |  03/31/2011 at 8:04 pm

    Quote from my husband a few days ago:

    “I don’t understand. You’re oatmeal always smells so good but it tastes so bad.”

    Excuse me!?? πŸ™‚

    • 36. Jenny  |  04/01/2011 at 11:07 am

      Lmfao!!! Luckily my bf has no problem eating mine πŸ˜‰

  • 37. Ellie  |  03/31/2011 at 8:06 pm

    Great post Jen!! Yes I do believe that for the majority, people eat healthier for image purposes. Now, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that–and we all DO have an INKLING of that I’m sure. But, I think that the further we grasp the concept of wholeness and true physical health, then it’s hard to go back to eating bad foods all the time. Moderation sometimes is good, but our bodies (at least mine, along with my aching stomach) will be able to feel the difference in digestion, efficiency, energy, and so forth. πŸ™‚ It’s interesting because my body progresses into wanting to eat better and better. <33

    • 38. Jenny  |  04/01/2011 at 11:08 am

      Oh of course! I think that’s why the majority of ppl who start to “diet” are overweight to begin with. My tummy definitely feels it too

  • 39. Jenn @ Peas & Crayons  |  03/31/2011 at 8:10 pm

    Diets are BS! I know so many girls who started studying nutrition and dietetics b/c they wanted to be skinny!!!! really!?!? ugh it pissed me off. I didnt want to be in class with them b/c i knew why they were in that class in the first place! Ive moved past it now b/c maybe those classes changed the way they look at food, maybe it fixed their obsession with being thin. hopefully?

    healthy eating can be just as calorie dense as unhealthy eating if you don’t do it right. but ohhhh the nutrition benefits of a balanced diet! fantastic =) I feel better eating healthy ❀

    • 40. Jenny  |  04/01/2011 at 11:09 am

      What?!! Omg that’s crazy! If I was in a class with girls like that, I’d be so mad. Ppl don’t grasp the concept of health versus being thin

  • 41. jerseyshorebitches  |  03/31/2011 at 8:25 pm

    I have this friend, who the other day was in McDonalds and I told her: Hey! what are you doing in McDonalds?! What happened to dieting? Her response was: I already lost the weight I wanted to lose. …So wrong

  • 42. pawsitivelife  |  03/31/2011 at 8:25 pm

    Wonderful post. I ate kinda crappy in university. I did have to count calories to loose the extra weight. Hwever once the weight dropped I returned to healthy eating habits and I could eat sooo much GOOD food and not gain weight

    • 43. Jenny  |  04/01/2011 at 11:10 am

      I’m totally for counting calories, I still do it and I love it πŸ˜€

  • 44. paoang  |  03/31/2011 at 8:35 pm

    AMEN to that, Jenny! Most people definitely start eating well for all the wrong reasons at first (including me), but now I find taking care of my body is more important. Healthy doesn’t necessarily have to equal low calorie.

    Those banana bread oats look GREAT btw!

    • 45. Jenny  |  04/01/2011 at 11:10 am

      They were yummy! πŸ˜€

  • 46. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin  |  03/31/2011 at 9:59 pm

    Yes! I totally agree with everything you said! I’ll admit that when I began my healthy lifestyle, it was just to get skinny, but that just led to disordered eating. You’re so right that the emphasis should be placed on HEALTH.It’s too bad that society is just so focused on body image. 😦

    • 47. Jenny  |  04/01/2011 at 11:11 am

      Most ppl do end up with an eating disorder, so happy you found your happy medium πŸ™‚

  • 48. allieatfood  |  03/31/2011 at 10:17 pm

    I love oatmeal! I just wish I had some of the toppings other bloggers do because my oats are always so boring!

    • 49. Jenny  |  04/01/2011 at 11:11 am

      I love toppings!!

  • 50. megpinkgiggles  |  03/31/2011 at 10:35 pm

    I hate when people think eating healthy is a temporary thing. Like I’ll eat so healthy for a month and then I’ll be super skinny and eat whatever I want. I also hate when people blame their “bad metabolism” when they really eat like 16 cookies after every meal.
    Being healthy is a life style πŸ™‚

    • 51. Jenny  |  04/01/2011 at 11:11 am

      Omg yessss ppl say I’m skinny bc I have a fast metabolism -.-

  • 52. Christina  |  03/31/2011 at 10:47 pm

    I love oatmeal and that banana bread oatmeal looks fabulous!! Mmmm…. πŸ˜‰

    • 53. Jenny  |  04/01/2011 at 11:12 am

      Try it πŸ˜€

  • 54. Laury @thefitnessdish  |  03/31/2011 at 10:53 pm

    As a person who has been in the fitness industry for 10 plus years…YES! I see SO many people start to eat “healthy” for the wrong reasons. This gets them in trouble and it usually doesn’t stick. It’s a whole mentality..not just because you need to fit in a dress. I get excited when people DO start eating healthy. But often disappointed when a month later they are back to eating crap. Eek.

    • 55. Jenny  |  04/01/2011 at 11:12 am

      My friend lost a ton of weight and she went to McDonalds bc she didn’t need to diet anymore 😦 I was so sad

  • 56. katshealthcorner  |  03/31/2011 at 10:57 pm

    You said it girl!!!! πŸ˜€ I absolutely agree! Eat for health! πŸ˜€

  • 57. Kris |  |  03/31/2011 at 11:08 pm

    You are gorgeous and your beauty shines through in your posts, I love it!

    I started my healthy journey as a way to cure my allergies. I used my body as my experiment and it turned out beautifully! I love your tips and the explanation on why you eat the way you do. You look fab!


    • 58. Jenny  |  04/01/2011 at 11:13 am

      Aww Thank you Kris!! You know how much I adore your blog πŸ™‚

  • 59. Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries  |  03/31/2011 at 11:19 pm

    Love this post, my long lost friend!! πŸ˜‰ I couldn’t agree more with everything you said! I work out and eat healthy (most of the time) because I want to give myself the best body possible. Being 5 or 10 pound lighter isn’t going to make me healthier – it’s going to make me weaker. I love food, and I eat the way I do because I owe it to myself. Not because society tells me I need to be a size zero (because that’s never gonna happen!)

    • 60. Jenny  |  04/01/2011 at 11:14 am

      Colleen seriously when are we hanging out?! Love you! πŸ˜€

  • 61. Tara  |  03/31/2011 at 11:52 pm

    Healthy is so much more important than being skinny. Most of the time, the skinny will come with the healthy anyway! Artificial diet foods don’t taste nearly as good as fresh, whole foods anyway.
    I never thought about putting a bagel in my oats. That’s actually a really good idea!!

    • 62. Jenny  |  04/01/2011 at 11:15 am

      I’m not gonna lie I wasn’t a fan of the sogginess from the bagel lol I might toast it next time and add it as a topping

  • 63. kbwood  |  04/01/2011 at 1:33 am

    NAILED it girl! thanks soo much for sharing this!!!!!! i love everything you said, and its all sooo true! being healthy starts from the INSIDE to the out!

  • 64. ThE DiVa DiSh  |  04/01/2011 at 1:36 am

    I started eating healthy to be “skinny”…but I soon realized I was doing it forthwith wrong reason and obsessing over calories. That def wasn’t healthy..

  • 65. Alba  |  04/01/2011 at 1:57 am

    I’m totally with you on this! What a great post!

  • 66. Autumn @ Good Eats Girl  |  04/01/2011 at 8:14 am

    Agreed! I despise the word diet because usually when I hear it people are starving themselves instead of giving their body the things that it needs!

  • 67. fashionfitnessfoodie  |  04/01/2011 at 10:10 am

    I started eating healthy to be skinny (even though I’ve always been small – but i was never “satisfied”) Now I eat healthy because of how I feel. If i slip up and have a bad day I can see my body bloat, especially in my face!

    • 68. Jenny  |  04/01/2011 at 11:15 am

      That’s totally me. I was never overweight but I wanted to be as skinny as I could be

  • 69. Kelly  |  04/01/2011 at 10:57 am

    Love this post and totally agree! The people that start eating healthy or “dieting” for the wrong reasons are the ones that never stick to it and always have problems. But that said, if you’re overweight I think eating healthier is great and a necessary first step to weight loss. There’s a fine line, I guess! I love eating healthy because I like knowing what’s going into my body is quality and providing the nutrients I need.

    • 70. Jenny  |  04/01/2011 at 11:16 am

      I think that as long as you stick to eating healthy and learn that it’s not only about looking good then you can learn to love eating healthy πŸ˜€

  • 71. yourdailygrace  |  04/01/2011 at 2:24 pm

    Like you, I refuse to give up sweets. I enjoy them and if I enjoy them in moderation it is not a problem! The word diet is dangerous there was a time where I was counting my calories online and keeping it to 1000 calories a day and that is just not healthy! I’m much happier now focusing on eating healthy foods and stopping when I’m full! And of course enjoying something sweet everyday:)

    • 72. Jenny  |  04/02/2011 at 4:56 pm

      I was eating around that much too, it was crazy!

  • 73. Mary @ Bites and Bliss  |  04/01/2011 at 3:49 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this, I can really relate. I counted EVERY single calories that went into my mouth and was sure to burn that off. Like you mentioned, eating well less than 1000 calories a day. I thought I was doing it right when the pounds started to shed and didn’t pay attention to the lack of nutrients at all, calories were my only concern. I’m so much happier and healthier now that I eat when I’m hungry, listen to my body, and down nutrient-dense food. πŸ™‚

  • 74. lifttorun  |  04/01/2011 at 6:16 pm

    I agree. People need to eat for health and continue to eat healthy whether they are at their goal weight or not. Once I gave up fast food and ate veggies, I felt better than eating mystery meat.

  • 75. Kayla  |  04/01/2011 at 7:48 pm

    AHH I LOVE this!! I think EVERYONE starts out eating healthy to be skinny, that’s definitely how I was. I am totally with you on the sweets, I love sweets! I especially love baking them, I AM good at turning down store-bought treats, but homemade? never

    • 76. Jenny  |  04/02/2011 at 4:57 pm

      You should bake me some! πŸ˜›

  • 77. simplynutritiouskate  |  04/01/2011 at 11:28 pm

    Its crazy because so many people have no idea what health really is about you cannot be on a diet your entire life it has to be a lifestyle change!

    • 78. Jenny  |  04/02/2011 at 4:58 pm

      Yes lifestyle change!! Love it! πŸ˜€

  • 79. The Teenage Taste  |  04/02/2011 at 11:37 am

    This is so true. It pains me when people think that starving themselves is “healthy” just because they are loosing weight. Low-cal or fat-free cookies aren’t going to do anything for you, a well-balanced and varied diet will help!
    This is an amazing post Jenny, keep it up!

  • 80. Gina  |  04/02/2011 at 11:44 am

    Beautiful post, lady πŸ™‚

    I totally agree with the health food thing! It also makes me angry when people tell me that I eat healthy to be thin. Just because I eat fruits, veggies, whole grains and nut butters versus Burger King does not mean I’m on a mission to be thin. It’s all about a healthy lifestyle & feeling great!

    • 81. Jenny  |  04/02/2011 at 4:59 pm

      Screw BK I want some PB πŸ˜€

  • 82. Flo (Coconut Chronicles)  |  04/02/2011 at 3:12 pm

    I LOVE this post! When I tell people what I eat/that i’m a vegetarian, they automatically assume that I want to lose weight and go on a huge rant about how I don’t need to etc. but that is most definitely NOT why I eat the way I do! I eat healthily because I like the way these foods make me feel!
    And… what? Some people dont like oatmeal…?!

    • 83. Jenny  |  04/02/2011 at 5:03 pm

      Yesss I was in shock!! Blasphemy!

  • 84. snackgirlgoeshealthy  |  04/04/2011 at 12:21 am

    2.) I could not agree more! ITS all about health and changing lifestyle and habits not quick fixes! HATE DIETS!

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