Wednesday, April 10, 2013
I'm going to deem this a NSV because it's pretty substantial to me. But for most people, it might just be normal, who knows! ANYWAY!
Brief background: we usually do a big shopping run like once a month to the commissary because it's cheaper, but it's far enough away that we can't really go every time we need to just pick up one or two items. When we go, though, it's a massive trip because there are pretty amazing deals. Usually, though, we skip over most of the produce area because it's not as good as the local "normal" grocery store.
So there I was, going through the produce section, when I saw some zucchini. "Hmm, I remember liking zucchini. OH! There's summer squash too! It doesn't look bruised and gross!" So I got a couple of each. I came home and looked forward to making my veggies. I found a recipe on SparkPeople for oven roasted squash & zucchini, cut out most of the oil, and OMG IT WAS AMAZING. I forgot how much I liked it. And then something really weird happened...
I had veggies for dessert. I was still hungry about an hour after dinner and took the dish of squash, plopped it in my lap on the couch, and ate the remaining veggies with my fingers. Never have I treated a VEGETABLE so much like a junk food. It was amazing.
While we were at the commissary, I also ventured out of my typical comfort zone and picked up a grapefruit. I remember WANTING to like grapefruit, but not liking it too much. Time to give it a shot, eh?
OMNOMNOM. Yesterday's lunch: green beans, grapefruit, and some turkey lunch meat. It wasn't exactly the most well-composed meal, but it was tasty!
Anyway, I'm finding myself CRAVING fruits and veggies instead of feeling obligated to eat them. I'm wishing I'd gotten MORE at the store, honestly. As we go into the summer, most of my favorite fruits & veggies are coming into season. I can't wait for watermelon lunches :D
Either way, I can tell a distinct difference in my food mentality. I still love a ton of junk food, but I'm craving it less and less. I'm WANTING things that are good for me instead of feeling obligated to make changes. Most importantly, I'm noticing I have a lot more self control than I have had before. I can have JUST ONE cookie. Eating one isn't opening a floodgate of EAT ALL TEH COOKIES!
I know that most of the "real world" wouldn't really get it. I know this accomplishment is something a lot of people take for granted. But, I'm starting to remind myself of my childhood summers where my idea of an amazing dinner side wasn't french fries, but a tomato sliced up with some salt & pepper. Or... mmmm cucumber salad.
Things are feelin pretty good! :D