Let’s talk food

4 Oct

So that’s where it began. Food. Let me take you back 5 1/2 years ago, we were living in Kansas, I was a wife and working mother to 3 children (our children were 10, 2 and a newborn), working 45-50 hours a week as a Supervisor at a Natural Gas Company. After getting up at 6:30 am getting kids up, ready, and off to school and daycare centers, then work, I was so pooped that my family was lucky enough to get a meal out of a box….warmed up. I was a mom of convenience. But in Nov. 2007, our lives changed, my husband accepted a job across the country in North Carolina which meant I was able to stay home with our kids. So having more time on my hands I starting reading, I picked up a couple of books about food. The first one was “Skinny Bitch” by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin, some people love this book and some people don’t. I liked this book a lot. It really started to open my eyes to food, the processed junk. I began to research and read more, reading books by Michael Pollan and Jordan Rubin and a few other authors. It was a bit overwhelming. But I had to start somewhere. So I did… where I began was soda. I stopped drinking soda in May 2008, it wasn’t that hard to stop since I was drinking diet and what I read about aspartame scared the crap out of me. I did not want any of the unwanted side effects from that crap.  So I stopped drinking it. And I wasn’t about to switch to regular soda with high fructose corn syrup which on average has 30g of sugar, no way! So I quit… I started to drink water… and lots of it. I drank lemon water, lime water, cucumber water. Now, the first thing I do when I get up in the morning is have a full glass of water before I do anything else. It’s good for you! Ok, so moving on… I probably won’t make a complete list of the things I purged, just a few basics. Also, if someone is reading this and they are wanting to eat healthier. Please don’t think this was a quick change for me. This took time… almost a year for the shift. The next thing I did was switch from white to wheat, this included breads and pastas. It took a little while for our family to get used to both… mainly the pasta. Then I moved on from white rice to brown. I started excluding foods with high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils. I stopped buying canned fruits and vegetables and bought fresh. I know that’s hard to do and can get expensive. Sometimes I buy frozen, they are so much better than canned. I started making my own seasoning for dinners. I had everything in my spice rack. For the most part, we stopped eating at fast food restaurants. That wasn’t hard. I watched this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYyDXH1amic and was grossed out FOR LIFE! I switched to olive oil and coconut oils. Of course, we still eat meat, just not a lot of red meat, I’ve incorporated a lot of lean cuts. I switched from margarine to REAL butter! Yes, REAL butter. Real is always better than fake any day of the week. I stopped buying fat free, low fat anything. Those products are not good for you, they have more ingredients than the real thing. Take for instance half and half, regular half and half has maybe 4 ingredients….. fat free half and half has about 10-15. I love Michael Pollan’s philosophy…. EAT. REAL. FOOD. So that’s what I started to do. I started to cook with real food, I got rid of anything boxed and quick to make. And I started making my family real meals. As I stated in my first post, the weight slowly started to come off. Of course it did…. I was giving my body REAL food.  So I stuck with it.

So fast forward to today…

I eat quite often. I snack constantly during the day. I eat about 4-5 times a day. Because I’m no longer sedentary and am highly active, my body needs it. I have to have a few key items in my pantry and fridge. I have to have these items around for breakfast: eggs, spinach, oatmeal, non-fat greek yogurt, granola, bananas. Lunches are pretty easy: tuna, white fish, steamed veggies, chicken, salad, quinoa. I snack on things like nuts, hummus and veggies, cheese, apples, bananas, tuna, celery, carrots, edamame. Within 30-60min of getting home from the gym every day, I have a protein shake with 40g of protein, 13g of carbs and 2000mg of L-Glutamine.  Because I’m on the run a lot of the time, I keep snacks like nuts and fruit with me in the car and a full water bottle. I never have to stop at a gas station to buy anything processed because I’m starving or thirsty. For me, planning works. Knowing that I have the things I need for a successful day helps me. I’m not tempted to pick up something that I’ve set aside for the kids like a granola bar or crackers. I have the food I need.

Am I perfect? Pfffft… heck no. If the health food gurus were to audit me right now I’d probably get a C. But I’ve made some real key changes and this journey that I’m on is always in progress and always moving forward.

I hope this helps at least one person.

Thanks for reading!

Salina

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2 Responses to “Let’s talk food”

  1. daryl October 8, 2012 at 10:57 pm #

    I’ve been going through this same transition from processed food to real food! I’ve been eating whole foods and exercising for five months. My body is already grateful! I look forward to reading more posts! 🙂

    • salinaciotti October 13, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

      Good job, Daryl! It took me a while to really purge everything… and I’m not still not 100% there all the time. But I eat a lot more clean than I ever have in my life. It feels great. I can’t wait to read about your journey as well!

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