You Can Pay the Farmer Now or Pay the Doctor Later
I've struggled with health and wellness over my life. I was skinny as a little girl. Jr. High was torture (weight, braces, glasses...). Better in high school. Then the Freshman 15 hit. As an adult, I've had years where fitness and wellness were a top priority (2008 when I ran the DC Marine Corps Marathon) and times when I would regularly inhale 3 slices of pizza at midnight after 3 or 5 cocktails. Oops.
It doesn't help that I've always had a voracious appetite. Even as a little girl, I was getting a Quarter Pounder with Cheese and large fries when other kids were getting Happy Meals (or as I like to call them, McAppetizers).
And then there's the issue of "real food" vs. processed food. I know I need to eat real food - the less messed with, the better. But it's not always convenient to eat real food. Also, I LIKE junk food. If I liked spinach and water as much as I like Oreos and wine, we'd be in business.
Anyways, when I have moments of struggle with food (so basically every single day), I repeat this mantra:
"You can pay the farmer now, or you can pay the doctor later."
And I don't just mean payment with money - paying for wholesome fresh food now versus paying for doctors, medication and diet plans later - which is the most obvious way you'll pay.
- You can pay with time: time spent buying/preparing fresh food vs. time spent on doctor visits and gym classes to work off the weight
- You can pay in energy: the "cost" of missing out on the short term satisfaction from eating junk food vs. the "cost" of not feeling your best and having energy and a clear mind
Either way, you pay. Pick your currency.