We’re in the process of packing and moving from North Carolina to Georgia, and most of our kitchen is currently packed up. The official move date is next Monday, so it’ll be much more difficult for me to be as healthy as I want to be. That doesn’t mean I can’t do it though! I’m going to keep my meals simple and as clean as possible. Dinners have always been the hardest for me, and I always crave things that are heavy and sweet. Sooo I think I’m going to start having sweet potatoes and chicken or turkey salads for dinner. Simple yet filling. Sadly, I didn’t get the best start on today’s meals, however. I had 6 slices of cheesy toast for breakfast, BUT I have been drinking quite a lot of water. I had a couple pieces of canteloupe and some turkey for lunch. I am going to allow myself to have coffee over the next week or so, but I plan to phase that out after getting settled into GA.
Just some thoughts about my relationship with food:
I am roughly about 135 lbs and 5’8”. Based on the way I have eaten food throughout my life, you’d think I would be an extremely obese woman by now. Thank God that isn’t the case. Last year when my husband was deployed for 8 months, I was a brand new mother living temporarily with my in laws. My mother in law shared most of my ideals for what appropriate food choices looked like, so we ate well together for about 3 months. We ate a primarily organic, vegan diet, full of leafy greens, lightly cooked and raw veggies, moderate amounts of fruits, some nuts and seeds, and healthier versions of occasional treats and chips. We both weighed ourselves every single morning, not because we were being obsessive, but because we both realized that by checking our weight, we could see how our previous day’s food choices were affecting our bodies. We found that most SAD (standard American diet) foods would just sit in our stomach for up to a week or more! I remember eating breadsticks and several servings of soup at Olive Garden, and that food sat in my stomach for a week, and I gained 7 lbs in just that one meal!!! It was crazy! The weight loss results and health we both achieved was incredible. I lost ALL of my pregnancy weight PLUS an additional 20 lbs! I had never in my life felt that healthy, and I’d finally lost nearly all of my body fat. I had energy, and I looked great! When my husband came home from deployment, he wanted to eat healthier but not vegan or even raw leafy greens. So slowly but surely we both ended up eating poorly and consequently packed on some pounds. I’m back to where I was right before my pregnancy, and so is he. What we’re both in is a food relationship rut, and we can’t seem to climb out of it! I hate feeling defeated every day about food, and that is precisely why I’ve chosen to add my goal to this website. We all need help from time to time, and we also need to surround ourselves with like-minded people. We are who we surround ourselves with. Anyhow, I just thought I’d share a little bit of my story. I fully intend to share an even greater story in a few months. :-)