Confession: I’m obsessed with food.
This shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone since I am currently on a mission to lose 100 lbs. I haven’t always been overweight but I have always been obsessed with food. It’s easy to be – it’s everywhere in our society.
About three years ago I really started looking into the foods that I was eating and the foods that I was feeding my family. I can’t remember the exact tipping point of this journey to enlightenment but I’m sure it had something to do with Oprah and probably even something to do with Michael Pollan but I can’t be 100% sure.
As I started thinking about the exact ingredients in food and what I was eating I started getting really grossed out by the processes in which my food went through before it got to my grocery store – specifically meat and products made with meat byproducts.
I was going through a very difficult time in my life where I absolutely despised my job and I was absolutely 100% depressed and quickly putting on the weight that I had lost just two years before.
So, on April 1, 2009 I did a full body cleanse and decided to stop eating meat.
I was a pescatarian (don’t eat meat but they do eat fish) for about 4 years until this past November when I decided it wasn’t helping my weight loss and I decided to add clean meat back into my diet.
I now eat chicken, pork and beef in addition to the fish that we have been eating but I’m always cautious of the type of meat I’m eating (where it came from and what has been added to it). We always buy “natural” beef, chicken and pork and of course we prefer organic. We don’t eat tilapia or farm raised anything.
I’m trying absolutely everything that I can to be healthy. I may be overweight but I consider myself and my food choices much healthier than most of the 120-150lb people that I see walking around me. I’d stack my cholesterol and triglyceride levels up against theirs any day of the week!
So, as you can see I’m pretty picky about my food – that’s why I’m the one that grocery shops and I’m the one that puts the meals together. The family has no problem with that whatsoever!
List of what I don’t eat:
Bison, deer, anything made with gelatin like Snickers, Starburst (some are ok but I just avoid them), jelly beans, licorice, jello, pudding, gum, anything with aspartame, tilapia, any fish that’s farm raised, anything that has high fructose corn syrup in the first 10 ingredients, anything with MSG, any vegetable that I eat the skin if it’s not organic.
What I do eat:
All vegetables (organic if I eat the skin) and all grains.
I SHOULD be skinny!
I’m working on it.