Being a Home Diva isn’t all about decorating. Some weeks I seem to focus more on cleaning or food. This past week I was obsessed with food. For no earthly good reason, I decided we were going to challenge ourselves into 14 days of eating healthier. What was I thinking??!! Have you ever noticed that when you decide to make a lifestyle change your whole world becomes about that single thing? It’s worse than a New Year’s Resolution. And certain members of my family are tempted to file a missing mom report. But I say, good luck to them, I could use the breather.
Lifestyle Change – Same Monkeys, New Circus?
This could have started better if I had just started small, but I’m no sissy. Southern women have grit, at least I keep telling myself it’s true. I wanted to know if we’d experience changes in our health, attitude, energy and ok, maybe lose a few pounds. So, we’re cutting back on our meat intake, eating smaller portions and adding lots more fresh vegetables and fruits. We’re eating raw produce as often as I can take the looks of disgust, and cutting out…..white bread, oh the humanity!
The bread is what’s getting to me the most. I was raised surrounded by bread. Biscuits for breakfast, sandwiches, cornbread, French bread, Italian bread, croissants. I’m just torturing myself now. I’m having a small problem adjusting to whole wheat, whole grains. I miss my white fluffy sweet bread. SOOOO MUCH!
I had hoped that by refusing to call it a diet, it would be simpler. But I forgot to add my obsessive nature into that equation. Lifestyle change or diet, it’s actually the same circus with better-trained monkeys.
Is Food Evil?
So I have to ask myself, is food evil? No. A minor lifestyle change sounds simple, doesn’t it? Making some small changes to the way that we eat. So why did I spend half my day, thinking about it, looking at recipes, preparing it or shopping for it? Because I was OCDing the subject and treating it like I have every diet I’ve ever tried. While diets come with expectations, frustration, impatience and crushed hopes, a lifestyle change is just a small tweaked adjustment to our eating habits.
We’re now on Day 6 and it’s funny, but we do feel better. I have noticed that I have more energy. And once I decided to stop focusing on food so much, it became easier to continue.
I’ve always enjoyed cooking, and I have 5 Reasons You Should Cook Every day you should read if you have a few spare minutes. And I truly love it when we cook together as a family. So far, this has been a lot of fun once I got over stressing about it. Besides, it’s farmers market and grilling season! Has this adjustment been easy? I’d have to say yes and no. It was around Day 4, that I decided to just go with the flow and stop over-thinking it. If I want a freakin sandwich with white fluffy bread, I’m going to eat one. It’s just not the norm anymore. It was also the day I finally yelled, ‘if you don’t like it, you go to the store, buy all the ingredients and cook something else”. That shut my husband up. It’s been smooth sailing since.