5 health mistakes I’ve made so you don’t have to

Invaluable advice that took me years to realize

Kaki Okumura

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If you’ve been following me long enough, you know that I had struggled with my health in the past. I went from being overweight to being underweight, and was very unhappy during both periods. I was thinking about food all of the time, so much so that I was constantly stressed about what, how, and when I was eating.

It was no way to live.

Don’t make those same mistakes I had, and instead spare yourself the struggle and confusion — healthy living doesn’t need to be something to obsess over, but an undercurrent to the activities and memories that make life joyful and meaningful.

5 health mistakes I’ve made so you don’t have to

1. Feeling hungry all the time

Hunger doesn’t equate health! It doesn’t even equate weight loss, which I had mistakenly assumed. It just makes you irritated and impatient. Hunger means your body needs food, so you should give it what it needs.

Keep in mind that hunger is best satisfied with nutrient-dense foods like fruits and vegetables, but also foods that are high in protein and whole fat. It’s hard to satisfy hunger with chips or cereal.

Satisfy hunger with real food! Always, always, always.

2. Never eating out

A big part of what makes life meaningful for me are the memories that surround food — I love going out for meals, celebrating birthdays and promotions with cake, or doing a night-in with my best friend eating takeout and watching a movie.

Not to mention, cooking all the time is hard! It’s time-consuming and can take a lot of energy day-in and day-out.

I realized that a life without dining out or ordering takeout was not the life for me. I found myself being anti-social and missing out on something that brought me joy. You probably shouldn’t be dining out every day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t occasionally enjoy it.

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Kaki Okumura

Born in Dallas, raised in New York and Tokyo. I care about helping others learn to live a better, healthier life. My site: www.kakikata.space 🌱