My Food Journey
How I've shaped and changed the way I eat
How I've shaped and changed the way I eat
As a kid, my friends and I would always giggle while eating lunch and visualizing ourselves becoming a pizza slice, an apple, or even a cupcake. “You are what you eat!” If only we took this cliche more serious.
We are what we eat. We need to remember that every time we make meal decisions. Now, I’m not saying that I never eat pizza, or a frozen dinner, or that amazing 1,000-calorie Mexican dish from my favorite restaurant, but it is rare. It is also a conscious decision instead of a blind one.
Don’t order, or shop without doing your research. Ignorance is not bliss. Your body knows when you are consuming unhealthy foods and foreign ingredients.
Here is my standard that I strive to follow:
· The majority of my meals should be home made.
· I need to follow the My Plate rule for meals.
· If I do order out, I need to eat at home 4 days in a row (take-out doesn’t count for eating at home)
· If I buy food from the freezer isle or the middle isles (soups, pastas, crackers… I MUST read the ingredients before I decide to actually put it in my cart.
Now, I have seasons of time where life happens, and therefore my healthy lifestyle takes a hit… you know, like a crazy first year of my baby’s life with surgeries, doctor appointments, and new mommy fatigue.
The key is making it a season; don’t give up in defeat. Instead, get back on track!
So I've made a new goal for myself last week; I guess it's more of a rededication. I'm planning meals and cooking at least 5 days out of the week. So far so good! Pre planning has really helped to make it easier and managable. I stumbled on this video earlier today and was really inspired to keep doing what I'm doing! I've been meaning to read the Michael Pollans book, Omnivore's Dilemma, and of course with life had forgotten all about it. Well, it's now back on my list. Here's a 20 min. video of him talking about the value of cooking your own food. It's a lecture focused around another book of his. Check it out for yourself!
Every time I've been disciplined and have planned out my meals for the week, I have lowered my spending and my waistline. Since Baby M, I have fallen into the trap of thinking, I'll get the groceries later, or even, I just get a bunch of random healthy stuff and figure out what to make as I go along.
Well, it hasn't been so easy. I end up spending money on groceries, plus too many meals out! Or, I go to whip up something on the fly only to realize that I need that can of tomatoes, or I'm missing potatoes! Then I don't make the meal, and we end up ordering out... AGAIN! It adds up fast in places we don't want it to.
This week, I am making an attempt to be better prepared. I thought about the variety of protein I wanted: Wild cod, pork tenderloin, ground turkey, chicken breasts. This would cover 5 days (one of them being a leftover day from the tenderloin). That gives me two grace days instead of running around exhausted and realizing that I am on day four of getting something I don't even want to know the nutritional information of like General Tso's chicken. If I don't need both grace days, that's when I can dive into the freezer to thaw out another protein source.
Once I have my protein source, I think of the angle I want to go with it... ground turkey, homemade nachos!
Another strategy, is balancing staple veggies with specialty. When I put the mushrooms and the broccoli in my cart, I know that they can be stretched out and be prepared for two of those meals. Mushrooms go great with almost anything! For my specialty, I don't get as much of it, since it's going to be dedicated to one meal. So far, I've had some good stuff this week, even with a sick baby! Today was my grace day, and tomorrow is homemade nachos!
OK, so this post is dedicated to one of my favorite household staples... the avocado! I... LOVE... THEM!
But they're high in fat! Anyone ever hear someone say that? My reply is, exactly. Remember, our bodies need healthy fats, especially our brains. Healthy fats help our bodies to absorb certain nutrients more effectively. The avocado is exactly that, a healthy fat.
Not only is it a healthy fat, it provides your body with several other important minerals: fiber, vitamin K, copper, folate, vitamin B6 just to name a few. Folate is super important for women in child bearing years. Folate and folic acid (supplement version of folate) are CRUCIAL to a baby's development within the first two weeks of pregnancy. That is a time when usually most women don't even know they're pregnant. It helps prevent problems that are spine and brain related. In addition to eating foods rich in folate, make sure you are taking a folic acid supplement even if you aren't currently trying to conceive at the moment.
Just 1 cup of avocados will give you 30% of your daily intake of folate!
The creamy texture and mild flavor are great as an addition to so many foods. Baby M loves to even eat "rara" (avocado) plain.
Here's a tip... The part of the fruit that is closest to the peel has the most concentrated amount of nutrients, so make sure you scrape the inside of the peel and get that super dark pulp from the avocado. It's super thin and gets overlooked a lot!
Please feel free to comment; how do you enjoy your avocados?
Now, I’m not talking about having a daily intake of skittles;
I’m talking about eating a variety of produce. In nature, you
can find foods in every color category. Often, the color of
food grown in nature gives clues to the nutrients and health benefits it gives. Each color can offer specific health benefits.
Avoiding variety of one of these colors can make your eating lifestyle unbalanced.
This is a brief list of some foods and one or two things they can do for you!
Make sure you switch up specific foods you are eating within each color category too! By switching it up, you can increase the amount of nutrients you are getting to keep your body functioning at healthy levels.