There were a lot of resolutions being made last month, and in light of that, I decided not to post goals for January. Honestly, I’m not really sure what this year is going to bring, so I’m just going to take it month by month. I do like looking at the bigger picture, but it’s not realistic for me right now.
We are still hoping R gets promoted before April, which means we will have to move. Everyone knows that moving expenses can vary wildly, and while his company thankfully does cover most of the costs, I still don’t know where we are going to end up, and what job prospects will look like for me.
That being said, I also just wanted to take some time to figure out what my priorities are going to be in 2014. Last year was such a whirlwind, with helping my parents to get the house ready for sale, to it being sold, packing, getting our first apartment, having my parents move 700 miles away, etc. It was basically a year of adapting to a lot of changes! I think R and I have done well, but there’s always room for improvement.
(Sorry for the derail from finance – this isn’t really going to be a post about financial goals.)
My number one concern this year is getting on track to eating healthy, and being healthy. I’m going to be honest with you all – I’m a terribly picky eater. I put most people to shame. I’m not proud of it, but it was easy to stick to comfort foods while living with my parents. Now that the grocery shopping is up to us, I found that we gravitated toward pre-packaged food way too much for my liking.
A little history
Both R and I are new to cooking, and neither of us are overly excited about it. Our kitchen doesn’t have much counter space, things are very crowded, and it can be tough to gather motivation to actually want to cook in there. I’d much rather make a meal at home than spend money dining out, so I’ve learned to suck it up.
Quick meals are my favorite, which is why our freezer has been stocked with frozen food. While R has been slowly helping me with some aspects of cooking, if I’m not hungry, this is his fall back plan as he doesn’t really know how to make much except a sandwich and grilled cheese.
However, since I graduated college and started working full-time, my health has taken a bit of a nosedive. My assumption is that I began to have more stress in my life (as silly as it sounds), and stress impacts a lot, more than we’re aware of! I came down with a lot of stomach issues with no rhyme or reason to them. I was getting fed up with eating. Having an ongoing battle with food isn’t pleasant.
I’ve had acid reflux since I was 7, and I was on medication for it for about 12 years. I also underwent two surgeries before I was 18 to correct it, to no avail. Stumbling upon the Paleo lifestyle, I also came across Chris Kresser’s website, which has a terrific e-book on acid reflux and GERD. It really opened my eyes. Acid reflux sounds like a condition where you have too much acid, but in reality, it’s caused by having low stomach acid. Stomach acid happens to be essential to the digestion process, but medication lowers it, so I stopped taking it immediately.
Moving on from the past
I have an attachment to a lot of unhealthy foods. I hated all vegetables and fruit growing up (the texture got to me). It wasn’t until maybe a year and a half ago that I realized I’m doing nothing to help myself as far as food goes. We require so many nutrients to run efficiently, and I was extremely low on many of them. I’ve started to experiment and I’m slowly coming around. It helps that R is on board with whatever I want to try.
I subscribed to Paleo blogs last year and after finding the PF community, I lost interest. I’m kicking myself for it now, because I could be so much further along in my health journey if I had just started back then! For those of you unfamiliar with it, the Paleo “diet” involves eating like our ancestors did. Meat, fish, poultry, nuts, eggs, etc. It promotes the eating of whole foods and staying away from processed crap. It’s exactly what I need to explore to figure out what’s going on with my body.
So my February goals are as follows:
- Finish reading the books I’ve borrowed from the library. They’re all either recipe books, or scientific books explaining how different foods have certain affects on us.
- Make five new recipes from these books. I might make more, but I don’t want to get too overwhelmed.
- Don’t kick myself for going a teensy bit overboard with grocery shopping. We got a lot of this out of the way in January, but there are a few spices and other essentials that I don’t have.
- Exercise as much as possible inside with the kettle bell and other strength training, until it warms up outside and I am able to resume walking/running/sprinting.
- Keep track of how I’m feeling with all these changes with a journal. I’ve actually been toying of the idea of starting another blog (just a simple free wordpress one) to track my progress.
- I’ll throw in a finance-related goal: put at least $400 toward my student loans this month.
I know things aren’t going to happen overnight, but I’m at the point where I feel like I’ve read enough about the subject to put it into action. I’m an easy victim of analysis paralysis, but every day that I keep eating junk is another setback. It’s just a little more difficult as R is half on, half off with this. His stomach is more steel-like than mine, so he still wants his chips and cookies. Having them around is tough, but at this point, incorporating vegetables in my diet is a step in the right direction.
Have any of you ever struggled with food or your health? What was the best thing you did to get yourself back on track?