As you may or may not have read in one of my previous posts, Frightened By Food, I used to despise cooking and avoided certain foods. I wouldn’t say I am one-hundred percent better when it comes to dealing with this, I can say I have made strides in my ability to cook and eat healthy foods on a whim. Before I started working with my fitness coach again, I was eating takeout at least once a day. This habit started back when my depression was at its height and I couldn’t cook, let alone have an appetite to eat, so when I did try to eat it was typically take out. Eliminating fast food is one of the goals I have on this journey, of course it won’t be a never again occurrence, but it will not be a weekly habit anymore.
With all that said, I made myself proud today. I didn’t know what to eat for lunch and I was debating on going to grab something. I thought about it and wracked my brain over it for almost an hour past my normal lunch time. “Should I go get this food? It won’t be a big deal it’s just one meal. I won’t really know what I am eating. Ok, maybe I will get Chipotle, that is mostly healthy whole food. But what about the cost, the portion, I won’t be able to weigh it out and know how many macros (macro-nutrients) I am consuming.” For an hour I did this dance in my mind, an act of tug o’ war with this dilemma. One of my affirmations states, “I control the direction of my thoughts.” I can tell you, I wasn’t sure who was in control when it came to this debate.
Finally, I decided I did in fact want Chipotle, but, instead of loading up the kids to go 15 minutes away, unloading them, and then reloading them… you get the picture, I could make it myself. All I had to do was make the pico de gallo, everything else was already available to me. Sooo, I did end up having to do the dance of loading everyone up, but I just proceeded to the grocery store down the road to purchase the necessary items for some pico. (Here is the link to the easy recipe, https://showmetheyummy.com/easy-pico-de-gallo-recipe/).
Once home, I commenced the creation of my cuisine, and overall it turned out really well. The next time you are craving some take out, consider the option of making it yourself. It’s healthier, you have the control over what is being put in your body, and you might just learn something new. I had an easy lunch that tasted great for perhaps half the cost. I could do the math to figure out the savings and get back to you on that but, I probably won’t. Hopefully, you will find some inspiration in this and make healthier food choices for you and your family too. (If you have a family, otherwise do it for yourself, as my coach says, “The world deserves the best version of you”.