Our lives revolve around FOOD!

Since I have started this journey, I have realized how much our lives revolve around food.  My diet regimen is such that I have to eat 5 times a day and the meals have to be evenly spread throughout the day.  Sounds great, right?  You have to really plan your day from the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep to be sure you are prepared with meals with all that it going on throughout your day.  It is a lot of work, so I can see how we default to picking something up quickly because it is available and easy, but probably not as healthy as if you had planned ahead and brought a chicken breast and veggies that you had prepared at home.  As most of you know a diet with more whole foods and less processed foods is great for your body, mind and soul!

I say it is hard to prepare and plan ahead, but once you get into the groove it is not as much work.  I pick a day to prepare my meals.  I cook 8-10 chicken breast and a bunch of different kinds of vegetables on my meal prep day, bag them up and put them in the refrigerator.  It may take me an hour or 2, but my meals are pretty much done for the week, aside from the fish I cook each day (leftover fish, not so yummy).

The other key to success is making sure that you have food with you when you need to eat.  I went to the Y to workout the other day and I brought my ground turkey and brussel sprouts with me to eat after my workout, since I had to pick-up the kids straight from the Y and would not have enough time to go home.  I used the Y’s microwave and I had forgotten a fork and the staff member at the front desk had one and it all worked out perfectly.  I challenge you to prepare your meals for a month and see how you feel!

The other thing I have noticed is there is food everywhere!  You see the cover a magazine and it is covered in pictures of delicious looking, not so healthy for you, food.  You turn on the television and there are endless commercials about food.  You drive around and there are fast food restaurants everywhere.  A lot of our celebrations are with food.  I reward my kids behavior with food (they got hot chocolate and brownies for making it up Mt Sanitas without whining).  We talk about food all the time…maybe that’s just me.   At the checkout counter at Whole Foods there are small candy bars, we say to ourselves, “I can eat the whole candy bar because it is smaller than a regular sized candy bar, right?!”  It is hard to resist all this temptation day in and day out!  I don’t think there is an easy fix to resisting all these “messages” that come our way.  We have to find it in ourselves to make a healthy choice when we are put in these situations.  I’m not saying don’t indulge!  Definitely indulge, just not all the time.

I have another challenge, instead of rewarding ourselves and our children with food, what are other things you can do instead?

Here are a few ideas:

  • Play a board game
  • Go for a nice stroll
  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen
  • Read a book
  • Play outside with your kids
  • Get your nails done
  • Watch your favorite movie
  • Meet a friend for a hike

What are other things do you think we can do besides eat?

After eating this way for over 5 weeks I feel great.  I have a ton of energy that is balanced throughout the day.  For me, right now, my reward for eating better is simple, I feel great and rewarded by the food that I do eat!

Until next time!



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