I started eating unhealthy when I was a freshman in college. It was my first time to be away from home for more than a day or two, plus home was now nearly 800 miles away. I took comfort in food, and I slowly started to gain weight. Even worse than gaining the weight was gaining such poor eating habits. I no longer ate vegetables every day, and pizza became a main staple for me. When I went past 200 pounds when I was just 28 years old, I knew I needed to find ways to eat healthy before I ate myself into an early grave.
Prior to college, I ate healthy meals, and I actually enjoyed them. I knew that I could get back to eating that way, but I also knew that I was going to need some help since my mom was still over 800 miles away. She did help me a lot over email and video chats, but I also found a great website that was filled with great information about the right kinds of foods to eat. It was exactly what I needed, and I was able to pick up a lot of valuable information from the site.
One of the things that I learned was how addicting sugar can be. It was one of my main food sources in college, and it also heavily contributed to my poor eating habits. It was just easier to slide a dollar into the vending machine outside my dorm room instead of going to the cafeteria to have healthier options. The more dollars I fed to the candy machine, the more dependent I became on the sugar. It was interesting reading about sugar addiction, and it was even more fascinating cutting those ties. I have lost nearly 30 pounds so far, so I am definitely on the right track.» Read more