30-something lady still eating like my 80's latchkey kid self
December 31, 2013 2:42 PM Subscribe
Resolution time! I grew up eating junk food. Lots of it. My fruit/veggie intake is minimal to non-existent. Though my BMI is in the healthy range, I know I can't possibly be
healthy with decades of this diet. Where do I even start to relearn how to eat?
posted by sixtyten to Health & Fitness (32 answers total) 40 users marked this as a favorite
Here's where it's tricky: I know how to eat right, in theory. I've read Michael Pollan, seen Food Inc., eschew soda pop, most meat, and fast food. As compensation for my own issues, I feed my son a well-rounded diet with very few processed foods/sugar/artificial ingredients. But then I go to the farmers market and the produce I bought for myself wilts along with my lofty visions of being "good". I go straight for the bag of Trader Joes peanut butter cups instead, and that is my lunch.
Here are the problems I can wrap my head around:
- I ritualize eating junk food and have a nearly-unquenchable sweet tooth. Since childhood I have had a ritual of once alone, going to my happy place (i.e. watching TV [80s], reading the paper [90s], or catching up on blogs/RSS [00s+]) while polishing off a half a bag of chips and a pint of Ben&Jerrys, or similar. I actually get uncomfortable when I don't have the opportunity to act out this ritual on a given day.
- I am lazy when it comes to my own food. I cook for my family, but when it comes to me I always opt for microwaving a slice of bread with cheese over like... making a salad or something. Even if I serve myself the same well-rounded food I do for them, I kinda push around what’s on my plate, maybe because I know I can get the “good stuff” later.
- Fruit and vegetables never sound good. I can go weeks without eating it. I never walk past our fruit bowl and think "gee, an apple sounds delightful!" quite in contrast to my produce-loving husband. He has suggested that this is because I eat so much sugar and am desensitized to those delicious fruit flavors.
- If I know I need to eat less junk food, then what do I actually eat? Salads? Fish and broccoli? I'm afraid if I don't have a halfway yummy new meal plan that I will be back on the ice cream & pizza horse in less than a week. Maybe I need to make peace with the idea that the new food won't be as satisfying as the old food, and be okay with that.
Any advice as to how to get out of a decades-long junk food rut would be appreciated. Advice as to how to get motivated to eat better would be welcome too.