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Do You Live to Eat or Eat to Live?

Sunday, October 07, 2012

My grandmother, a little lady I looked up to, used to say, "Some people live to eat. I don't. I eat to live." As a little girl, I didn't understand what she was saying. Now that I've lived even longer than she did, I agree with her. I'll admit that there have been times in my life I could have been counted in the first group: those who live to eat. I would start looking forward to the next meal
with much longing and anticipation and seemed to be hungry all the time. I even agreed with a friend of mine, who said, "Eating is the only pleasure I have." How sad! Now that I've been on Sparkpeople for over 5 years and have become slim, healthy and active, I know what a joy it is to eat to LIVE. Eating is still a pleasure, but it's not the only pleasure. My husband and I choose to eat low-fat, low-calorie, high-fiber, fresh fruits and vegetables, skinless chicken, fish and occasionally well-trimmed steak and enjoy finding new recipes that fit into our healthy eating plan. We drink lots of liquids (water, tea, milk, broth, coffee). We love to hike, go for walks every day and stay active. I Jazzercise 3 days a week and do yoga each
morning. He has lived longer than any of his male ancestors and I have lived longer than either grandmother, my mother, sister and brother and we enjoy each day we have together.
I'm so glad I decided to eat to live instead of living to eat.
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