In a shopping trip that Alex and I did today, we inadvertently followed one of the tips from Michael Pollan’s book Food Rules, I know that we have mentioned this book before as it does have many useful tips on how to look at food. The rule that we followed today without really thinking about it was to only shop the periphery of the grocery store.
When you think about this rule, what it is saying is to stick to buying mostly whole foods as all of the vegetables, fruits, meats, dairy, and some bread are kept of the periphery isles of the store, and all of the junk food is kept primarily in the inner isles (with some exceptions).
We did shopping for the week and bought mostly fruits and vegetables for dinners, yogurt for breakfast, and some meat for our dinner tonight. This reflects in a more general way another occurrence I have noticed in my eating habits, variety.
There are a multitude of tastes and experiences (especially now in the summer months) waiting at the grocery store. At the beginning of this adventure, I would eat a banana everyday for my mid-morning snack and an apple for the mid-afternoon snack. Now I eat cherries, nectarines, grapes, peaches, plums, strawberries, blueberries, black berries, cantaloupe, melons (not all on the same day of course). It led me to realize that the days where I was feeling less satisfied was when I was bored with what I was eating. Adding different kinds of fruits and vegetables to my diet has helped to alliviate this.
I know that some people are worried about adding in many fruits to their diets because of the sugar content, but as long as you are eating the whole fruit and not the juice, the sugar really shouldn’t be a concern. Fruits come packed with nutrients and fiber that far outweigh the concern of the sugar content for very few calories. In fact fruits are one of the best 100 calorie snacks you can find as they will fill you up and they are delicious. Below are ten examples of fruits that are less then 100 calories in the servicing listed (which means you could ear more if you want to hit 100 calories):
So next time you think you need to eat a 100-calories snack pack of four mini cookies, grab some fruit and feel better (and fuller) about it. The only general rule I have about fruit is always try to eat the whole fruit and always eat it fresh, that means no dried fruits. I have found that dried fruits (many of which have had sugar added) are not as filling as the fruits they come from. Eat 100 calories worth of grapes and the 100 calories worth of raisins and tell me which one makes you feel fuller.
On Saturday I went into Lululemon and tried on running gear. In the past I’ve poked around in their store but I had never tried on their clothes.
What I found out peering at myself in the mirror is that I am a size 10 in their running pants and that I am not ready to wear them – yet.
‘Ready’ has nothing to do with my weight.
Lululemon gear isn’t necessarily better than whatever Nike, Brooks or Champion are putting out but their smallish company has come to mean something to me. Most of the women I see wearing their gear seem to be very successful and are almost always in excellent shape.
Obviously they have carefully cultivated their image and chosen the kind of person they want shopping at their store… We can rail against the evils of commercialism all we want but the pair of nike capris I’ve been wearing through the past 38 lbs. of weight loss are now getting dangerously big on me. I do have a back up pair but once I get to my ideal weight I am going to indulge in a pair of Lululemon running pants.
Why – taps into one of the motivations I have for running and it has nothing to do with looking like I’m rich (in my Lululemon) or being thin.
When I worry about making it in the field of photojournalism I tell myself that if I have the discipline to lose 75+ lbs. and log 25+ miles a week in my running shoes then I should be damned well mentally equipped to achieve anything I’ve set my heart on.
Society tells us that the physically fit (notice I’m not using the word skinny) are successful in other ways. At least that’s what we imagine for them – right?
My assumption is that a marathon runner willing to keep running through bleeding feet and blisters must have that kind of determination in other areas of their life. I assume they don’t skip laundry days and they probably make their bed more frequently than I do.
For a minor celebration I did buy a running shirt Saturday to wear during the wharf-to-wharf race next week but the pants are going to have to wait till I feel like I have become the person I want to be.
I am not yet the person I want to be – but tomorrow I will be one day closer to meeting her.