A lot of things are stressing me out and causing anxiety at this very moment. A thesis, finding a job (let me know if you know of any), moving, the future, ect. ect. However, food should not be one of them, but it is. I almost had a meltdown in the grocery store the other day.
I would say that on the healthy eating spectrum I fall way to the high end. I’m not just talking eating my fruits and vegetables. I’m talking reading labels, cutting out preservatives (I’m looking at you Sabra hummus) and hidden things like cornstarch in greek yogurt or food colorings.
But, I’m human. My weakeness-potato chips-undoubtedly. Specifically kettle cooked or Boulder chips.
Regardless, healthy, wholesome, organic food is a staple in this house.
We could do better of course. I’ve always thought that I could skip the cheese or yogurt. JWail has taken it upon himself to try to go dairy free for a month. Couple that with my Soulsista on the challenge for life, I am feeling a bit of pressure to do the same.
However, my challenge is caloric intake. When I run 7 miles and weight lift like I did yesterday, I burn closer to the end of 900 calories. How do I make up those up when I don’t eat meat and too much gluten or wheat products? There is only so much fruit, veggies and legumes.
Truth be told, these last few days of burning the midnight candle, I’ve been turning to sugar. Like apple pie (sugar free my ass), cereal, honey, bars. It’s terrible. It’s party stress of craving sugar, but it’s part needing calories too. Plain yogurt or a slice of cheese with almonds holds off my hunger.
It’s a lifestyle change, I get it. And I didn’t build my eating habits overnight either. However, it takes time to meal plan, think ahead, and put together nutrient, calorie filled food that won’t leave me hungry later.
So, in response to my post of reblogging JWail’s post, that is why I can’t go strictly vegan right now. I’m not sure that there is a reason for me to. I can certainly cut down on dairy. However, I have signed up for another marathon and the calories needed may not add up with my other dietary restrictions. What I have been doing has been working-why change?
Anyone else get stressed out by diet or foods or what to eat or what not to eat?
What’s your food weakness? Besides potato chips? The happy hour menu, which I will be happily indulging in promptly at 4:00 this Friday after I turn in my thesis and just in time for my family to hit the Wyoming border. Anyone want to join me? (Mom, I know, you already signed up).