Eating healthy, number 2.
A little while ago I posted about my husband and I deciding to eat healthy. I want to share with you guys, a few things I've learned in this short week.
1) Healthy food is expensive as all hell.
I mean, don't get me wrong, it's totally worth it...but I can go to McDonalds and Tay and I can have lunch for $10-$16, depending on what we order. We're eating at Whole Foods now and it usually comes out to about $18. Which, yeah, is not THAT much more expensive, but it adds up. Buying free-range, grass-fed, organic, ect. ect. chicken is better for me, and at $7.99/lb, it's not bad compared to what I was getting at Vons in Organics packages ($8.99), but then I look at the non organic stuff and it's on sale for $1.49/lb in these big value packages and I want to shoot myself in the face. I'm a cheap person. I'm not afraid to admit it. Spending more than $8 on a t-shirt, when I can go to Walmart and get a whole slue of them frequently makes me want to vomit. I spent $150 on a juicer today. I just about passed out. Which actually brings me to point number....
2) You have to rethink everything about the way you eat.
This one may seem obvious, but I was really shocked about how it went down. I thought, "okay, I'll have to cook more at home. That's cool, no problem." But the fact of the matter is, today's busy schedules don't ALLOW for that shit. There is a REASON fast food is doing so well. Because we don't have time to spend thirty minutes to an hour at the store and then come home and make lunch, which could take another hour. That's two hours, every day, every meal (though you would already have what you need for dinner after your first trip). Yes, I realize that eventually my husband and I will stop being complete noobs and figure out how to shop for more than one day at a time. But right now, we're not used to that. What if we get the stuff for enchiladas today and want beef stew tomorrow? It's a total first world problem, but in our household, it's a real issue. That's the difference between eating food and having it go bad in our fridge because we're always buying something new and never have time to eat what we have. We suck. I know. But it's still an issue.
3) Not all "health food" is created equal.
There are always sources out there that will give you alternating information. Some studies say that organic food isn't any different than regular food. Commercials say that high fructose corn syrup isn't harmful. I'm not here to convince anyone otherwise, that is research we all have to do on our own and decisions we have to make. But one thing I have noticed is, just with foods in our "regular" grocery stores, just because the labels on these health foods say one thing, doesn't mean it's good for you. For instance, just because a food says it's organic, doesn't mean that it doesn't have questionable ingredients. I mean, some of the things that I am avoiding in my new-found health state come from bug products. They're not harmful, really, I'm just grossed out by the news that that shiny candy coating is made from boiling beetles. It doesn't hurt me in any way to eat it, and honestly, if I were out in the wilderness and my choices were: starve or eat some bugs, I would be walking around full of beetle-goodness. But that's just a choice I made after I was burdened with the knowledge of where my food was coming from. That's just me. It's all about personal preference.
4) Exercise is part of the deal.
Seriously. No matter how much we clean up our diets, we're not going to be healthy unless we get away from our screens. No if, and, or buts about it. It's just fact. Also, I'm going to add here: you shouldn't be hungry. Some people think that a "diet" (though I hate that word. I'm not dieting, I'm changing the way I eat) should leave you hungry. I've found that's not the case. If I'm hungry, I eat. I just eat something worth eating.
5) Food addiction is a real thing. And it sucks.
This picture pretty much sums up how I've felt all day. I've had this persistent, low grade headache for two days now and for the life of me I couldn't figure out what it was. Then we went to the mall (to buy the aforementioned juicer) and the smells....oh, sweet Gaea, the smells. Just a whiff of the Cinnabon counter and my headache let up a bit. I almost flipped out when I saw a bottle of Crush (strawberry, my favorite). I've been achy and sleepy (though that's not abnormal, because of the next thing on this list) and my insomnia is back in full force, despite my careful regulation of my sleep schedule. It wasn't until I remembered a conversation I had with a friend who was trying to kick her daily coffee fix that I realized what was going on. Withdrawal. Like kicking a damn drug, I was jonesing for an Auntie Anne's pretzel and considering violence in order to get one.
It's only been a couple days, but...yeah. I'm going to keep posting about it, in the hopes that I don't totally relapse but there's sooooo much temptation. There is a Krispy Kreme 9 minutes away from my house. I'm just saying.
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