Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Clearly I am a night person. When left to my own devices (like for example, when my tooth is so infected that it keeps me out of work for 3 days), my sleep schedule goes all to hell. Right now it is 2:19am. Though to be entirely fair, when I'm sick, ALL I WANT TO DO IS SLEEP. And I generally do. All *DAY* long. I have melatonin strips to help me sleep at night (if I need/want the extra help), but tonight I'm winging it.
I promise that isn't what I set out to write about.
I was going to write about food. What I eat, what I don't eat, and why.
First of all, my dad is a chef. That means that growing up, while he didn't often cook at home, I was exposed to all kinds of food. There really isn't anything I won't eat. There are things I'm not fond of, but as far as things I'll actually refuse... I'm hard pressed to think of any.
I generally try to stick to a 75% paleo diet. Just because that's what makes me feel at my best. My biggest obstacles with going all paleo are dairy (cheese and butter mostly), and occasionally bread/grains. I'm okay with 75% though. It's what feels right for me. I naturally lean that way to begin with, I think.
Something that I'm really trying to stick to is eating real food. Processed crap isn't good for anyone. Unfortunately it's so abundant anymore that it can be hard (especially when you're broke), but I'm avoiding it where I can afford to.
I don't like DIET foods. Anything with Lite/Light, diet, fat-free, reduced fat, etc? Not on my shopping list. If I want "lite" sour cream, I will use less sour cream. Not some chemically screwed with excuse for sour cream.
Soda seems to be a big vice for people. While I do enjoy a pop every now and again, luckily it isn't something I'm addicted to. I never buy it to keep around the house. It just seems like a waste of money. I am so, SO glad that isn't an issue for me.
A big obstacle for me is how often I go out to eat (on someone else's dime, usually). Eating at restaurants can be tough when you're trying to be healthy. I'm trying to stay away from fries and gravitate towards salads. Chicken over beef, tea over soda (though like I said, that usually isn't an issue).
Desserts... are kind of like soda. I don't really keep them in the house. Sometimes my sweet tooth gets the better of me and I go out and get ice cream, but it doesn't happen regularly. More often than not, I am buying some sort of fancy cheese rather than a fancy dessert.
What about you guys? Do you have any struggles or quirks with your eating habits?