I’m a big girl now

According to my mother I was a difficult child when it came down to food.  I don’t doubt it at all.  I remember an instance way back in the day.  I must have been 8 or 9 years-old.  My mother made soup, which I hated with a passion.  She poured me a bowl and sat me at the table and said, “drink it all”.  I, of course defiant as ever, thought “yo no quiero sopa!” which I dared not express.  My mother gave me another warning, and this one seem harsher, “You can’t eat anything else unless you drink all the soup”.  It was lunch time so I would definitely need to eat it to survive the rest of the day.  Can you guess what I did?  That’s right, I didn’t eat the soup and I didn’t eat for the rest of the day!  The next day my mother let me eat whatever I wanted; she must have known that I would go down fighting for my anti-soup cause.

Now as an “adult”, I use that term loosely since I still enjoy naps!, I’ve started thinking about my health and how important it is for me to take care of my body.  According to the many articles and books I’ve read, whatever I eat will affect my mood, performance, skin and let’s not forget, waistline! After analyzing the way I eat, I know that most of the things I consume are processed foods full of corn syrup and with very little natural ingredients.  Most of the snacks are also processed.  I barely eat fruits and I certainly don’t exercise.  I’m surprise that I am not falling apart at the seams!

But something amazing happened about a week ago.  My mother made a salad of steamed vegetables.  When I walked to the kitchen and saw it, I reluctantly took the ladle and served myself some vegetables.  I also had salmon on the plate and some rice.  I sat there looking at the vegetables having a hard time not going back in time to that living room in Barquisimeto, Venezuela thinking “y ahora, ¿como le doy esto al perro?”.  I braced myself and told myself “I’m a big girl now, I can eat vegetables.  All the other big kids do it.”  I started with the steamed carrots and I was surprised that my face didn’t do the wrinkly thing it does when I eat something I don’t like.  I moved to the broccoli and that wasn’t too bad either.  And there I was, sitting in the living room, like the big girl I am, eating my vegetables!

Now I’m certain that my future will be brighter.  Who knows, one day I will be eating zucchini, eggplant (that I can actually see, my mom can be crafty), brussels sprouts, collard greens, squash, artichokes, asparagus and turnips.  Maybe I won’t mind seeing bell peppers in my food.  I will look onions in the eye… sort of speak… and eat them instead of putting them to the side.  My body will finally be nourished the way it is supposed to, with vegetables and fruits instead of vitamin pills.  Maybe, just maybe I will eat more fruits than just apples, grapes, bananas and cake. 😉

Keep yourself healthy.

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