I might make Self-Improvement Sunday a thing. I have at least two more week's worth of stuff to write about, so we'll see.
Anyway, this week I'm tackling the 10 lessons that I keep learning about food. These are things that apply to me specifically, though there are general lessons for everybody.
10. Bread makes me tired. And fat. (Sorry Scott Pilgrim)
It's a sad fact that wheat makes me sleepy. Wheat is in all the things I love, like bread, cookies, bread, pizza, bread. The thing is, wheat doesn't love me back and it's something I have to accept. I can either acknowledge the fact that I'll have to take a nap for a couple of hours every day if I continue to eat it, or actually live a much healthier, more energetic life without it. And cake. Le sigh.
9. Sugar gives me a bad taste in my mouth. And makes me crash.
I get a weird saccharine taste in my mouth after eating highly sugared products. Sure, they taste great at first but at what cost? I end up with a taste in my mouth I can't get rid of for at least an hour and then I just want to sleep. No fun.
8. Omega-3 eggs are the devil.
I don't know what it is about omega-3 rich eggs but every time I have them, they destroy my stomach. I'm leaning more towards going for an egg-white existence (despite the yolk of the egg being the best part). WHY DOES MY BODY HATE YUMMY THINGS?
7. Reduced fat is better than no fat.
This is an actual fun one. 0% yogurt is a scam. It's chock-full of chemicals and has a cloying taste to it, to boot. May as well go full-fat or at least reduced fat. Fat is not the enemy, people, which is kind of awesome.
6. Not all fruit is good for me.
Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, grapes? All amazing. Strawberries, pineapple, watermelon, oranges? Make my face heat up and cause inflammation of the skin. No bueno.
5. Not all chocolate is bad for me.
Milk chocolate? Bad plan. 90% cocoa? Yes, please! This is actually super rich in antioxidants and is apparently good for your heart. Also, it's pretty easy not to overdo it on the 90% because it's bitter. One square of a Lindt bar is often enough.
4. What I make at home is much better for me than what I can buy in a restaurant.
I really don't love to cook but when I do, I know exactly what is going into the food I'm making. Because I'm so lazy, what I make is super plain and natural (like fish and veggies, ratatouille and quinoa, chicken and rice etc.) so there's no surprises like a ton of oil or sugar that restaurants are dumping into the food that I've ordered. It's not as much fun but it's by far the better way to go.
3. Don't make food related decisions when I'm extremely hungry.
This is where planning ahead comes into effect. If I have meals planned for the entire day, I will be less likely to snack or go out and find something less healthy. If I'm starving and have nothing made, I will take that sweet Challah out of the freezer and DEMOLISH IT. This makes no one happy, especially my mother who was saving that Challah for company.
2. Everything in moderation.
This is one of the hardest lessons I've learned and I'm still learning it. I have a tendency to have eyes bigger than my stomach and will take way more food than I need. I am also under this weird impression that if I don't have a certain food IMMEDIATELY I will never have it again. This is crazy but I make stupid decisions when I'm hungry. See lesson #3. Most foods can be consumed as long as I don't overdo it. This lesson is on a more day by day basis.
1. Don't beat me up.
Everybody makes mistakes. Everybody has those days. Everybody knows what I'm talking bout, everybody gets that way. Like Miss Hannah Montana so beautifully tells us, nobody's perfect. If I eat something I didn't want myself to eat I tend to spiral. I either totally chastise myself or I say fuck it and eat way more things I shouldn't eat. Neither of these solutions is healthy. When listening to Martin Starr on Marc Maron's WTF Podcast, he said that one thing that Buddhist's believe in is that it's never too late to start again (or something to that effect. I am not Buddhist, nor do I claim to be, but I thought this sentiment was just beautiful). Yes, I may have just eaten a bunch of Aero Mint Bubbles. Okay, it's done. Let's move on and have a nice bowl of berries when I get hungry next. It's getting slightly easier to do this but it's still a bit of a struggle.
So there you have it, the ten things I've learned about food that I'm still learning. What is your relationship to food?
Next week! How to treat yo'self without food.