Getting Healthy One Step At A Time
I have an admission to make. I am jealous of people who can’t eat when they are stressed. When I am stressed, all I do is eat. That is on top of the amount of eating I do on the regular. Working in a school keeps me stressed 9 months out of the year. That is on top of the every day stresses of life in general. So I eat. A lot.
I am never going to be the type of person who doesn’t eat. It won’t happen. Simply put, I just love food. I also have a tendency to get very hangry (hungry+angry) if I don’t eat for too long. I try to balance my love of food with my love of working out, but I realized recently that I need to make a much more conscious effort to be more aware of what I am eating and how much I am eating. I need to love a few foods less (french friends) and a lot of foods more (beans and vegetables).
It’s hard. Damn hard.
The biggest issue for me is that when I stop thinking about it, I really stop thinking about it. I’ll think of a plan (I really hate the word diet) and do really well for a while but then over time I just stop doing what works. Or I’ll be so into working out that I can keep off the weight without thinking too much at all. The problem with that is this…it isn’t healthy. What I need to do, is change the way I live when it comes to food. Stop coming up with “plans” and just change my lifestyle in general. That way, it’s not even something I have to think about.
Since fall, I have made some small changes. I have eliminated most dairy (still use regular cheeses) from my house and try to keep it at a bare minimum when I am dining out. I use almond milk and almond flour. I eat brown rice instead of white, wheat pasta instead of white, I cut out American cheese completely and started incorporating more vegetables into my meals. Those are just a few ways I have slowly been making changes to my lifestyle. In just a few months, I have become so much more cognizant of what I am putting into my body. For years I have read labels, but now I am much more focused on ingredients and how each ingredient will work to benefit my body. I am also being smarter about what I order when I am out to eat.
It’s amazing to me; I always thought I was aware of what was good and bad and of what I was eating, but I still have a lot to learn. So much of what I am learning and implementing is common sense and I wonder why it has taken me so long to make these simple changes. It’s not all stuff I didn’t know…I just wasn’t doing it. Or even worse, there are things I didn’t know, that I feel like I should have known. I have always thought of myself as a pretty healthy person, but I am slowly realizing that I still have so much work to do.
Are you a stress eater? What are some steps you have taken to get healthier?