Opinions: Hindsight: Diet fix

One girls mission to mend her ways and eat healthier


This is the most beautiful sight in the world. This is what I order from Chipotle, and oh my gosh… It’s a-maz-ing. I feel bad for anyone who hasn’t had Chipotle. It’s a gift from above. (Can you tell I like Chipotle?)

Okay, so lately I’ve been trying to watch what I eat, when I eat it and how much I eat.

It ain’t workin’.

The problem is every day is different. 

Monday I’ll eat the crappiest of foods all day long, and I’ll feel fine.

Tuesday I won’t eat at all until around 6 p.m.

Wednesday I’ll eat how I’m actually supposed to: cereal for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch and something good for dinner.

But then I’ll ruin that day with a repeat of Monday ‘s eating this time on Thursday.

I can’t make two days in a row. I need to fix this.

The way I eat is messing up my stomach and energy and everything else. I have an upset stomach half of the time because of all of the crappy foods I eat or the food I haven’t eaten.

And appearently, I’m not the only one with a terrible diet. A study published in “Circulation,” a publication of the American Heart Association, found fewer than 50  percent of the adolescents had five or more acceptable levels of the health  factors — 45 percent of boys and 50 percent of girls — and fewer than 1  percent of boys and girls reached ideal healthy diet levels, according to a story by the United Press International.

A lot of the time I’ll end up eating too much at one time, and then I’ll feel really bad. I’m sure I irritate the people around me on a daily basis with how many times I say, “I feel like I’m gonna throw up.”

Another problem I have is how much I love junk food. I could eat McDonald’s and Steak ‘n Shake every day. Oh, and let’s not forget, Chipotle. I try to eat Chipotle at least three times a week. I could eat it every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. No lie.

My mother supplies me with healthy food to munch on at home, and I really need to start taking advantage of it. I know the healthier I am, the happier I am. (Even though I am pretty happy when I’m downing Thin Mints.) The taste of chocolate and mint in a crispy cookie just tastes like perfection.

I think it’s important to have a healthy and balanced diet because if you don’t, you’re going to be like me: constant tummy aches and just plain confusion as to when, what and how much you should be eating. It’s not fun, and I’m ready to fix it.

I’m sick of being the person in a group of people who’s complaining about how I don’t feel good. No one wants to constantly hear complaining. It’s annoying. And fixing my diet is also for my well-being. My eating patterns are messing up my body, especially when I have track practice every day.

If I don’t eat anything or I eat too much before practice, it might cause me to throw up or pass out, etc. Hunger and food insecurity might increase the risk for lower dietary quality and undernutrition. In turn, undernutrition can negatively affect overall  health, cognitive development and school performance, according to the Center for Disease Control.

Instead of going to a fast food restaurant, I’ll try and make something at home… something healthy. I can make a salad, a sandwich or maybe even an omelet instead of getting my regular frisco melt at Steak ‘n Shake. I’m done with the cruddy feeling of ‘I’m constantly hungry, I’m not hungry at all or I’m gonna throw up.’

I want to be healthy. I know I’ll feel better if I start creating a healthy diet for myself.

(Just letting y’all know, my stomach actually does hurt currently… My breakfast consisted of Cheez-Its and gummy worms.)