My Food Story Chronicles
Hi, friends. Happy Wednesday
Are we glad the election is over? (spoiler alert!! bahaha)
Well, basically over. Regardless of who I voted for yesterday, I still feel a sense of pride today…and am glad everyone can just be shut up (the polite way to say shut up, haha) about it now.
I’ve got a lot going on today including lots of last minute things before our trip – fitting a couple more clients into my schedule, packing, and sending off some client training programs a little early. But I think it should be a pretty good day anyway. Actually, it takes a LOT for it to be a bad day…but that’s another post for another day
Let’s switch gears a little bit today – a change up from the usual What I Ate Wednesday. A while ago, I published a post about my fitness story. Today as I was talking to a college friend about our late night Pokey Stick runs after a night of partying (healthy, haha,) I began reflecting back on another story – my food story.
My Food Story Chronicles
*Grade school-Freshman year of high school: Processed and Quick
If you asked me to tell you one meal that stuck out to me when growing up, I’d say minute steak and instant mashed potatoes. Both of my parents worked while I was growing up, and cooking wasn’t really my mom’s passion (but she loved/loves walking and running!) so dinners were those that could be made with minimal work and time. In addition, I didn’t really give a hoot about nutrition, either. I ate Oreo O’s for breakfast and couldn’t care less if I got my veggies in for the day.
Breakfast (and before bed snack, haha) of champions I will say, though, that my mom always had cut up fruit on the table instead of oreos like other moms. However, that didn’t stop me from eating oreos at my friends’ homes, hehe.
*Sophomore year of high school: Barely anything at all
Yep, this was my eating disorder phase. I initially thought I could stand to lose a few pounds, so I went about it the dumbest way possible – especially for a 15 year old. I started counting calories and taking diet pills. I found that when I ate less food and calories that I saw the scale go down. It was magic! So eating less and less calories would make me lose more and more weight! And thus the eating disorder was born. I got scary skinny and almost passed out in the bathroom of the church I was attending at the time and heart heart flutters before I started eating again.
*Junior year of high school through freshman year of college: Junk food like the rest of my friends!
After I started eating again, I eventually started eating McChicken sandwiches, hamburgers, BEER, and yummy cocktails. It was still in the back of my mind that this food was fattening, but my obsession with losing weight had been replaced by my obsession with partying and going out.
LOL – just seeing that brings back memories.
Enter: late night munchies and not really caring about nutrition again. I also probably gained around 10 pounds over where I normally was (healthy me.) I played volleyball in high school and college, so in my mind that was enough to offset it! I always wonder how much better of a volleyball player I could have been if I had cared about nutrition, though.
*Second year of college – senior year of college (2004-2007): College cafeteria dining – starting to eat healthier
My “party phase” of life began settling down during my second year of college. I also started working out more consistently and tried to pick “healthier choices” in the university cafeteria. Looking back, I probably didn’t choose the best options, but at the time I thought I was eating a little better – choosing Subway over McDonald’s.
*Last year of college – first big girl job at a big insurance company: Researching nutrition, experimentation with vegetarianism (2007-2009)
A couple months before college graduation, I had a pretty big health scare. After getting back results for an abnormal pap smear, I learned that I had precancerous cells on my cervix and had to have them removed via LEEP surgery. I was determined never to have to get this procedure again, because it thins the lining of the cervix, and one of the ways to prevent the precancerous cells from returning is a healthy lifestyle. I began drinking a lot less, eating much better, and learned how to start cooking. It was also during this time frame that I got engaged and then married!
I’ve always been an animal lover, but after seeing a couple movies and reading some literature, I took the leap to become a vegetarian. Again. But this time it stuck! I lasted a whole two years before I added back fish into my diet, and then finally meat.
*Current: Eating meat again, and focusing on clean, organic food, with some room for fun
That was just a little over a year ago, and is pretty much where I am now.
Now I eat a little bit of everything in moderation. The only real rule I have is that if I eat meat, it’s humanely treated. The only exception to this is if I’m at a party/someone’s house/another circumstance where my only option is not eating. Then I’ll eat whatever’s there You can read more about my eats philosophy here, here, here, or here.
How much has your eating style changed over your life? Drastically? Not much at all?