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Eat Well With Brandy

…”Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live in.”

I grew up in the typical southern household - fried chicken, fried pork chops, canned green beans, consistent dessert after dinner, and a fridge never short of Sprite, Coca-Cola, and Dr. Pepper. Fast food was consumed at least a few times each week, along with the staple of Kraft Mac & Cheese or a frozen Kid Cuisine. My mom was a great cook and enjoyed doing so; it was an expression of her love for us. We always had big hearty breakfasts on the weekend and lots and lots of baked goods.

However, it was canned biscuits, mashed potatoes, anything fried, and tons of sugar. We did occasionally have fresh fruit in the house, but living on a firefighter’s salary, we usually had fruit cups, Little Debbie cakes, and lots of sugary cereals. I remember even adding extra sugar on top of my Cheerios because those last few “milk & sugar” spoonfuls were oh so yummy! We rarely had berries of any kind (they were more expensive and didn’t stay good long enough), our green vegetable was canned green beans or fried okra, and instead of drinking water, we always had a variety of sodas to choose from. 

It’s amazing that I didn’t become obese at an early age or get diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. My saving grace was the Lord blessed me with a high metabolism. Yup, I’m one of “those” people; the girl who can eat whatever she wants and hardly gains a pound. The girl who thought healthy eating consisted of lettuce and carrots while denying yourself all the yummy treats you could find at any gas station, donut shop, bakery, or whatever fast-food restaurant you passed. The girl who scoffed at those eating salads and fruit while I chowed down on my cheeseburger and french fries. At least I USED to be that girl. 

What made me change? What do I consume on a regular basis these days?

Stay tuned to find out!

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