If you have been following me on instagram, you’ll notice a few things. One, I am not posting as many fun things, and two, there is an obscene amount of food posts lately. Food is part of living life, and on the west coast, food is part of the social culture. Having access to good quality food, healthy food, and a variety of food is something that has always kept me missing the west coast when I am living elsewhere. It also holds a lot of weight for me when it comes to choosing a place to live.
At the end of July, I just became fed up with the way I was feeling. Tired and sluggish a lot of the times, and hungry the other half of the time, it was starting to get old not having access to a kitchen because of the remodel and build, and not having or making time to really eat. So I decided to call it quits on the excuses and found a better way to motivate me to stop eating $40 in sushi everyday, and to start eating well rounded meals that would fuel me better. Along with that decision came one to also start working out again.
So I’ve started committing to eating better, and eating more regularly. Who knew that not eating regular meals could hurt you more than help you. So eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Followed by snacks of whole fruit and nuts has helped curve the appetite and craving for processed junk and sugar.
I have never been one to consider myself as having a sweet tooth, but one week in July, I was sitting there contemplating why I wanted a milkshake and fries so badly, and it hit me, the previous few weeks were filled with junk and processed foods. Not only was I feeling like a lame lemon, but I was also spending obscene amounts of money on take out and grocery store trips to buy junk. It was time for a change.
So I started with making sure that I had well balanced, properly sized lunch and dinners and with it, the ability to stop spending money randomly came as a sweet dessert. By having a meal plan, I was able to save roughly $40 a week and guaranteeing that I was eating wholesome meals. To top it off, I didn’t have to do very much cooking or meal prepping by having the food delivered through a service. It has changed the way I function and eat as a whole. As much as I felt like I was a well rounded eater, I found that when it came to thinking of meals and being inspired to eat them, I was pretty picky. So limiting my choices to what was on the menu, and knowing that the food is organic and local, has impacted the taste buds living on my tongue. I am now eating things I would never bother cooking myself, and eating things I used to think were gross. Its a positive change towards a healthier lifestyle.
This is the start of something new. August is always kind of my start over month, probably a reflection of all the years of formal schooling. But I am glad to say that I have kicked off August with a fresh new start. I can still go out to eat with friends and socialize and have a treat here and there, but the craving for it has gone, and with it, the ability to seize my day, fuel my body, make the proper change towards and healthier, well balanced life.
I look forwarding to continuing the process, continuing the change, and update about my routine in the gym. I’m finding this hobby is also turning into a wonderful way to keep myself accountable to my goals. So join me on the journey to healthier eating and a healthier lifestyle.