Most holidays are centered around food – let’s admit it. Birthdays and anniversaries are not complete without cake and ice cream. We all have our favorite foods at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Today is different – we celebrate food itself!
Diabetes has taught me to look at food choices differently than I used to. I used to eat more carbohydrates and unhealthy fats. Now I have restricted both in order to keep my blood glucose happy and lose some weight. Good fuel equals good overall health and a good mood! Healthy foods are not more expensive or less tasty than unhealthy foods.
The only drawback of fresh fruits and vegetables is that they need to be used rather quickly after being purchased. You do have to visit the market more often, but the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks. Once you begin to enjoy meals with fresh or frozen foods, you won’t want to eat packaged, canned or overly processed foods again.
I refer to junk food as “party food” because the only time I allow myself to eat it is in a social situation. There was a time when I took a bag of chips with me to watch television and mindlessly popped them – then wondered why I gained so much weight! Now that I’ve been forced to think about what I eat, it’s easier now. I have to think of food as fuel for my body and not comfort for my emotions. It’s amazing how freeing it is once you separate the two.
People tend to buy processed packaged foods for the convenience factor. Open, heat and eat. I challenge you to read the labels of the convenience foods next time you’re at the grocery store. Before I had to think about eating, I bought the instant packets of oatmeal. I didn’t read the labels because I didn’t think I needed to. Once I did start reading them – I was shocked at the amount of sodium and sugar in those tiny little packets! Now I buy steel-cut oatmeal with no added sugars or sodium. What a difference that one change made!
Fresh food does demand more preparation – (chopping, dicing, etc.) but in the long run, it is well worth the effort. Celebrate real food today! 😀