I have been thinking lately about how much my diet has changed in the past year. I used to think so little about what I ate that I usually made all the wrong choices. For instance, I rarely thought I had time for breakfast. So I was so hungry by lunch time I picked horrible, high fat, high calorie foods and I wolfed them down so fast I barely tasted them. I often wasn't prepared for lunch, so I ended up eating at the local bar and grill--we have very few choices in the small town I work in. The typical lunch special was a gravy laden hot beef combo or a bacon cheeseburger and fries. God forbid you saw fruit or vegetables on the plate. What a difference a year makes. I eat breakfast every morning, even if it means grabbing yogurt and fruit on the go and eating at my desk if I am running late. I rarely eat out anymore, which is easier on my waistband and my pocketbook.
I used to think that eating well meant a lot of extra preparation and I realize now that it is actually pretty simple. I just need to keep good foods in the cupboard and the fridge and plan ahead just a little bit. I am so much better about including fruit and veggies in my diet and having a much more well rounded meal. In fact sometimes it seems as if I have too much food when I add in an apple or yogurt along with my main dish. How odd is that. I am finding that I am satisfied for the first time in my life, I truly eat what I like and then feel like it is enough. I also question myself when I feel a late night craving--am I hungry or am I bored...lonely or whatever and then decide if I truly need a snack or if I need to address my needs in a different way. It is finally starting to feel routine, like I don't have to think about it so much and that is awesome. Just more of my rambling...again I am ever amazed at the emotional and mental part of this weight loss journey of mine.