If you’ve been following the blog all through the summer, then you know about my struggle with adding more fruits and veggies in my life. I went from having 4 different types of bread in my fridge and freezer (bagel thins…cinnamon raisin and plain…, bread, waffles, and tortillas) to slowly clearing those out to make room for more perishable items. We switched from trying to go grocery shopping every other week, to grocery shopping every weekend with a $40 dollar cap. Most weeks it’s under $40, around $35 – $37, and every once in a while it jumps up to $42.
And it’s not easy. Sometimes I drag my feet when it comes to broccoli. I don’t crave broccoli. I crave pizza, and not the kind with broccoli on it. But broccoli is a super food and after I’m done eating it I feel super super proud of myself, so I keep it on the grocery list. Some weeks we aren’t as good with the veggies as other weeks. Sometimes the best I can do is V8 and tomato soup and apples. Sometimes it’s really difficult to inject fruits and veggies into a day filled with rice, and peanut butter, and granola bars. Sometimes I just don’t want to.
But those weeks are becoming fewer and fewer the more I chug along on this journey of veggie-rama. Right now instead of lots of bread, I have carrots, cauliflower, apples, watermelon and (well, if you asked me yesterday since now it’s in my belly and in my lunch bag) broccoli in my fridge, and a squash on my counter.
And now we talk about weight. Because it’s something I’ve struggled with for a long long time, and I also believe that weight fluctuation – something I struggled with a lot – is incredibly unhealthy and really hard on your body. And your wallet – because fitting into your clothes and then not fitting into your clothes is probably the worst feeling and the most panicky experience ever! I hate it! Ok. But here is the good news: all of that has finally really calmed down.
Veggies are magical, they are. They give you the vitamins you really need in the way you really need them, they keep your plumbing rockin’ it out, and they fill you up better than processed foods. But! The way I’ve maintained my weight is not just by eating veggies, but by replacing other foods with veggies. It’s not a trick and it’s not a fad, it’s just eating less processed things and eating more things that come out of the ground. It’s so simple, I’m floored. But that doesn’t make it easy. My mouth wants me to eat cookies 24/7. We bought a bag of chocolate covered pretzels this weekend and I ate SO MANY OF THEM. They were SO GOOD. And then finally I threw them out because they were calling to me from the pantry. I ate some at breakfast, and then that was it, I was feeling obsessed!
Also, I’ve started cutting way back on booze. It’s empty calories and it’s empty cash. Cash just flowing down the drain. So now instead of drinking every single day, I’m cutting back to once a week. And I’m replacing those glasses of wine and bottles of beer with …. (drum roll please) water!
I don’t want to have to think about what I’m putting in my mouth as much as I was doing during engagement. During that time both Kamel and I really focused on getting into shape and getting our food situation handled. It was a learning experience. But I don’t want to always be focusing so much on it. I want to be able to do what I do and go out to dinner and sometimes get a creme brulee and still fit into my pants the day after. I want to just live my life and have food be food, but not the main focus of my day. And I’m doing that with fruits and veggies.
On the menu this week:
- broccoli + mac&cheese
- homemade polenta with roasted carrots & potatoes & cauliflower
- kale pizza
- spaghetti squash + angel hair pasta
- wild rice + a fried egg.
What’s on the menu for you this week? What are you experimenting with? What are you excited about? I’m always, always looking for new ideas and suggestions! Because the quickest way to gross me out is to have food on repeat that I get sick of.