Then, 30. Or, the sad truth of reality catching up with me. To be fair, I have typically always eaten a pretty healthy and inclusive diet, and kept active through running and yoga. Every winter, I gain a bit of hibernation weight as my running slows down and my comfort food dishes increase. This year, however, the weight didn't shake right off when I started race training again. What gives, body?
Well, what gives is the fun is over. Another newly 30 friend of mine has been making great strides, totally overhauling her family's diet, and it has inspired me. The subsequent health improvements her family has experienced are considerable. I have been giving more thought lately to what I am eating, making a more concerted effort to eat better quality food and less junky stuff. Honestly, I initially just want to lose the extra weight, but as I reflected and got real, I knew I also wanted to feel better. Less tired, less hangry between meals, less dependent on sugar to fill me up.
I have been cutting sugar. I even felt myself detoxing from it, which shows me how much I was eating. I think I have passed the initial threshold of craving it, and have become used to not starting my day with sugar in my tea. Being more conscious of what I'm eating has also become a kind of deeper meditation for me on what I'm putting into my body, what I'm feeding my family, and what I want my food dollars to do, limited as they are.
All this to say, I'm still waiting for my winter weight to slowly come off, but in the meantime, I am feeling more alert, becoming more creative in the kitchen, and preparing snack foods that are protein and energy-rich to curb my hangries (I tend to be hypoglycemic). My palate has become less dependent on sweet sugar and more receptive to a wider array of flavours, though I can't say the same yet for the girls, who regularly turn their noses up at mom's new vegetable experiments. Sigh. I'll give them time and keep trying.
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