I make no secret of the fact that I'm eating a little differently these days.
For starters, I've cut out regular pop. I'm drinking some diet pop, but mostly water and tea. Carbonated water, like La Croix is how I get my carbonation fix.
I'm also not eating pasta, and not much bread. I like both - don't get me wrong. I'm not about to go all anti-carb on you here. But I've noticed that personally, pasta just leaves me with a 'bottomless pit' feeling. I eat it, and it tastes great, but an hour later, I might as well have eaten nothing. I'm not a fan of whole grain pasta, so it's usually just not worth it for me. Bread, on the other hand ... I don't mind their whole and multi-grain counterparts so much. I don't eat a lot of them, but Kroger has these little multi-grain sandwich thins that are really good! I use them in lieu of toast, with a little pb2 and banana on top, or as buns for burgers.
I do have a loaf of sprouted grain bread in the fridge, but ... bleh. I can stomach it, but there's no joy there. Even I have my limits.
I've never been a big meat eater, and ironically, I'm eating a little more meat than previously - I'm just eating more chicken and turkey than beef. I find that I'm really picky about my meat, but when I find the right stuff (like the frozen chicken breast fillets from Food Lion), they're versatile and delicious.
Fruits and vegetables are also more of a staple around here - I guess that makes sense, as I have to eat something, right? I've found kitchen gadgets that make the whole experience more fun. The Paderno Inspiralizer is great for making zucchini noodles or apple noodles - I hear you can make broccoli noodles from the stem, and I really want to try that! I picked up a food processor, and have discovered the fun of making a frozen yogurt type treat from frozen bananas and other frozen fruit. I also used it last week to make brownies with black beans, and cauliflower rice is next on my list.
I'll be honest - changing the way you eat can be a chore. I'm extremely lucky that Matt is not only supportive, but he's just as eager to try new things as I am. A lot of things take a little more prep up front, even if they don't take any more time overall. For instance, instead of eating frozen pizza or getting delivery, we make flatbread pizzas. The flatout light wraps are a great base, and with a little bit of sauce, cheese, and turkey pepperoni, they whip up pretty quick and taste surprisingly good!
If you can make the process one of discovery, and understand that while you're making the first changes, things are going to take a bit longer, eventually, things get a lot easier again. You can still have healthy, satisfying, tasty meals that aren't terribly complicated. I don't miss cooking up a box of pasta and dumping some sauce on it.
This weekend, Matt and I are going to hit up the local farmers market and see what we can find there for produce. I like this. Not only is our new eating style one that makes us feel good and tastes great, but aligns with our ideals of eating more locally and sustainably.
It's a win-win.
Starting weight watchers was a great springboard for us to make these changes. Do you have to eat like this on weight watchers? Nope. You can eat at McDonalds every day if you want to. But for us, it's been a great way to expand our palettes.
Also: Flavor Gods seasonings. They seem expensive, but they're actually cheaper per ounce than most of your standard, store bought seasonings - plus, they're all freshly ground, no added chemicals or preservatives.
For anyone who has thought about changing up the way they eat, or trying something new, I just want you to know ... it's possible, and can be fun, too!