The Thirty Day No Junk Food Challenge | Day One: Healthy Dark Chocolate
As day one draws to a close, I thought it would be a good idea to write a little more about why I'm doing this thirty day challenge. I'm starting to feel about junk food the same way I used to feel about smoking before I quit. I like eating the candy, but I feel icky afterwards (probably because of the sugar drop) and I know it's not helping to make me healthy. I can't help but think that I'd be in much better shape if I cut junk food out of my life altogether.
I know this isn't remotely desirable for some people, so don't get to jumpy up and downy if you're more of a 'all things in moderation' type. The thing is, I can't or don't eat candy in moderation. I eat it in majoration. It's not an 'occasional' treat, it's an every day thing.
As I get older, I'm starting to notice that my body isn't processing the junk as well as it used to. Used to be I could eat a bag of candy and not feel any worse for wear, or gain much weight either. But nowadays I'm noticing a sneaking increase in both size and weight and that does not please me, not because I'm addicted to media stereotypes about skinniness, but because I want my body to be functional. I won't be able to run and jump and play if I'm significantly overweight. I won't feel strong and healthy and athletic either.
However, there could be one exception to this rule, one exception to rule them all, if you will.
Junk Food Confessions and Discoveries
A little experimental cheat tonight. (I'm going to be honest when I cheat, because honesty is the best policy.) A single triangle of dark Toblerone. According to the box, that means I consumed 11.5 grams of sugar, 124 calories total. If one is going to 'cheat' on a junk food diet, dark chocolate is the best choice. Dark chocolate also contains anti-oxidants and epicatechin, which promotes heart health. Epicatechin is credited with reducing rates of stroke, heart disease, cancer and diabetes. In light of this information, I'm going to allow myself a small ration of dark chocolate daily, to take the edge off cravings and promote overall health.
Chocolate is the thing I crave the most. I don't have much use for other typical candies, not having much of a pure 'sweet tooth', so having a little chocolate won't just potentially promote anti-oxidants and whatnot, it will also keep me sane.
Aside from chocolate, I've consumed chicken salad, sausages and salad and gluten free toast bread today. Exercise has constituted largely of a 30 minute walk. I'm not strictly calorie counting, but overall I think it's been a healthy day and a good start to the thirty day challenge.
Keep following the Thirty Day No Junk Food Challenge!
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