Grocery shopping, cooking, and going out for dinner are a few things I like to do. I don’t mind grabbing groceries if the store isn’t super busy. Cooking is fun and gives me the chance to experiment and be creative. And going out for dinner is always fun. I love checking out new spots and I enjoy the social aspect of meeting up with friends or family. It’s fun to chat over a nice meal that you didn’t cook and won’t have to clean up after. Personally, I don’t think I am eating what I should be and as often as I should.
I don’t have a set routine when it comes to eating. For the most part I eat at home. Honestly, I have never really been the breakfast type person. I can’t remember making breakfast before going to school. If I eat in the mornings it’s always something quick like a smoothie bowl, a piece of fruit or a breakfast bar of some sort. Weekends are a different story, I like to cook up home fries and bacon and sip on a warm cup of tea or coffee. But this is something I want to change. I want to get into a routine that will help me eat more frequently and better than I have been. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think I am fat. If anything, I want to gain healthy weight. I’ve always been small so this is nothing new. For the past week or so I have been waking up early before work. I’ve started to do this so I can actually make and eat breakfast at home. So far, it’s been great. I am saving money since I am not buying a coffee on the go. I’ve seen my energy levels increase since I am not over sleeping as much and now I am getting some nutrition first thing in the morning. All these factors are helping me have a better day overall.
Since starting Invisalign six weeks ago, I’ve been trying to adjust and find an eating routine that works for me. Before, I would skip breakfast. Maybe have a small snack at the office and then I would eat a big lunch around 4pm. Around 6pm I would be hungry again and I’d make a big dinner. Soon after dinner, my sugar cravings would start. I will binge eat anything with sugar in it. I’m talking spoonfuls of peanut butter, again, anything with sugar in it. I’d buy a chocolate bar or a bag of candy and demolish it in one sitting, quickly. Because, well, I’ve got to get those Invisalign trays back it!
With that being said, I know I need to make some changes. By going “public,” with this post I think I’ll be more motivated to stick to it. I want to start eating a bigger breakfast, a small snack before lunch, a balanced lunch and an ideal dinner. Something else I need to keep in mind is portion sizes. See, cooking for one can be hard when it comes to portions. Like one large carrot can be a lot, same with a large parsnip or a potato. Even while dining out; portion sizes are often huge. Have you had fish and chips recently? More fish and less chips please.
I was a vegetarian in middle school and I’m positive I didn’t eat right then either. I want to be more mindful of what I am eating and when I am eating it. The things that I want to start paying more attention to include how much sugar I am consuming and what the overall nutritional value is. You’d be shocked to know how many things are sold at the grocery store that have little to no nutritional value yet are loaded with sugar and calories. So stay tuned for more food related posts! I’ll be sharing some of my meal ideas as per usual.