(LOVE using the Kindle app for my android and computer, by the way.)
I started In Defense of Food two days ago, and I’m already about 1/4 of the way through. I love everything about food—cooking it, eating it, and especially reading about it. In fact, when I decided to become a personal trainer I had a difficult time deciding between training or going back to school for a degree in dietetics. I still want to further my certification to include nutrition someday.
The reason I’m writing about this book is because #1: I think you should go read it if you haven’t already. And #2: It’s inspired and motivated me to get back to eating clean, whole food. NOT the food-like substances that are ever-present in the supermarket, but real food.
When my husband and I first moved to Japan I ate very clean—mostly because I couldn’t read the ingredients on any packages and was nervous to purchase stuff I didn’t recognize. The result? I was happy, healthy, and dropped quite easily to a natural weight that was easy to maintain. Unfortunately, as my comfort with reading Japanese food labels grew, so did the amount of processed food in my shopping cart. The result? I’m still happy, but I’m definitely no longer at a natural, healthy weight for my body (though I’m getting there…).
I miss enjoying the simplicity of REAL, WHOLE food. I miss making things by hand—the foods I learned to make myself in those first few months in Japan range from tortillas, applesauce, and granola bars, to soups. Experimenting in the kitchen was fun! Why did I stop?!?
But, like I mentioned, a lot of this has gone away. Instead of grabbing fruit as a snack, I reach for a processed bar. Instead of eating a huge salad for lunch, I grab whatever is quickest.
My pledge: to return to clean eating! With the exception of one meal dining out each week and one sweet treat, I will stick with real food. Food that has ingredients I recognize and can explain. I will honor my hunger and eat when my body sends the signal and that food will be REAL.
Anyone else want to join?
Oh look, real food for dinner! :)