In the past 2 weeks, I have found a new love for food.
Food is life – not just the “oh my god give me that pizza right now” and “fill my open face with ice cream” food is life, but the actual “if I don’t eat I will die” food is life. I honestly feel that more than half of what we put into our bodies is junk and not doing us any good. We all know it, but don’t make the commitment of doing something about it. I’ve been thinking this for years, ever since I gained my Sophomore 15, and I did take little steps to correcting this in my every day eating habits. I’ve always loved fruits and veggies and preferred them as a snack over anything processed, but I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t turn to the easier route in cooking and grocery shopping the last few years.
I decided on 1/1 that I was going to try to eat as little processed food as possible. I want to try and be my best self and am becoming much more aware of my own self-love, and this was one of the things that I did not love about myself or my body. I’ve been filling it with junk and trying to stifle my anxiety and sometimes overwhelming emotions with extra helpings, making me not only weak but lethargic as well. So, heading into our third week for the month, it’s going great!
I think that a lot of this has to do with mindset. I’ve tried doing this in the past but then in turn, I wouldn’t make the time to make good meals or continue with the pattern so my plans would fail before the week was even over. This time around, I didn’t even think about it – I’ve just been waltzing into the grocery store and spending the most time in the produce, and it feels like I’ve been doing it this way the entire time. I’ve also been saving a lot of money – we were going into the grocery store spending ~$150 a week between the two of us on a lot of frozen food and crackers, chips and deli meats. Today, we went and spent a little over $100 and only walked on the outer aisles of the grocery store! (…where all the produce, meat and dairy is, mind you)
I know it isn’t easy, but it is possible. I know that not everyone will feel the same way about this as me or have the same success or even think that what I’m doing is successful, but it’s working for me right now and I’m ecstatic. I’ve been more energetic the past couple weeks than I have in a long time and I am developing a different kind of passion for creating my meals, which is exciting not only to succeed with my plan but because this will possibly become a new hobby of mine. Most importantly, I have a better understanding of what is needed for my body to function appropriately and what I should be eating with every meal to absorb all the nutrients I should be getting throughout the day. And I don’t even miss the junk food! Except maybe all the ice cream.