Sorry for the long break between posts! I’m in the middle of finals right now, and I’m looking forward to finishing them on Tuesday and then moving into my summer apartment in a week and a half. Once I finish this quarter, I plan to post more frequently.
On that note, I thought I would take a study break and explain myself a little bit, in terms of food.
My Food History
I grew up with a mom who cooked dinners for the family each night, but they were in no way gourmet. While my mom made good food, we had the standard rotation of meals for the entire 18 years I lived at home: lots of steaks cooked well done, frozen pizzas, spaghetti, roasted chicken. My mom eats food because she has to, and she doesn’t particularly enjoy it in the same manner I do.
I also grew up very active. I played competitive volleyball until I was 16 years old. Until the age of 18, I never watched what I ate. I had a fast metabolism, and I didn’t want to be “that girl” that only drank diet soda, ordered salads at restaurants and cut out carbs. So I ate whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted.
Once I got to college, I spent my freshman year going back for seconds in the dining halls, eating dessert multiple times in the day, drinking more and eating a lot of fourth meals late at night. These eating habits combined with no exercise led to the typical “Freshman 15” weight gain.
I went home for the summer after freshman year and joined a gym. Thanks to a scheduled summer internship and a lack of friends who came home for the summer, I spent 6 out of 7 days at the gym on the ET, swimming laps in the pool and lifting weights.
My sister, who is my best friend and perpetual role model, got me on her health kick and educated me on what foods really are healthy. No longer a fool for packaging, I started eating more organic, natural foods with an emphasis on whole grains and a de-emphasis on HFCS and partially hydrogenated oils. I never weighed myself when I returned home for the summer, but I estimate that I lost about 15 pounds and returned to my pre-college size after three months of working out and eating right. This past sophomore year, I’ve stayed about the same weight.
I don’t have the best pictures of me documenting before and after (because I don’t take too many pictures), but on the left is me in May 2008 and the right is me in November 2008.
My Food Philosophy
- I eat natural foods when I can, and I often try to chose foods without too many chemicals in the ingredients list.
- I emphasize portion control when eating. It’s all about moderation.
- I get more sleep, and I maintain a more scheduled eating pattern to keep my metabolism going strong.
- I eat dessert everyday, because it’s my favorite course.
- I splurge on holidays.
- I don’t count calories, but I do keep a vague number in my head throughout the day.
- I stop myself from overeating by asking myself am I only eating because I’m bored? I also think about the taste of the food before, and if I really need to eat it. If I decide I want to, I do! I don’t restrict.
- I think of food in terms of fuel for my body, but I also don’t like to label food as bad and good. There are some foods that I eat because I enjoy them, even though they don’t offer very much nutritional value for my body.
My Favorite Food
Fruit (pears are my favorite)