In my quest to better my health, I’ve had to make a few lifestyle changes. Outside of: reducing stress, sleeping earlier, getting more sleep, regular fresh air and exercise, the one thing I’ve been concentrating the most on is fixing my diet.
Changing eating habits can be easier said than done… Prior to my leave of absence, I was consuming the way most working professionals do: afternoon coffee breaks (sometimes more than one), dining out regularly, opting for taste and convenience above all else, and just generally not caring all that much.
These days, I’ve really clamped down on my diet and eliminated most toxins:
- No refined products.
- No dairy (except for probiotic yogurt).
- No gluten (no bread, no wheat, etc.).
- No added sugars or artificial sweeteners.
- No alcohol, stimulants, or caffeine.
- No GMOs, pesticides, or any other chemicals.
I even started to introduce some organic meats and vegetables to my diet… And now I know why they call the Whole Foods store “whole paycheck”.
It’s not cheap eating organic… But I’m going to try for awhile and see if it makes a noticeable difference. If anything, it will put my mind at ease and that’s a victory in itself… These days, I’m pretty much second guessing everything that goes into my body.
Anyway, for fun, here’s how my latest grocery bill at Costco tallied up:
Bag of red peppers $5.79
Organic greens $4.69
Organic chicken thighs 3.32 lbs $16.57
Wild Alaskan salmon 3 lbs $29.99
Wild Alaskan cod 2 lbs $14.99
Total bill with tax: $72.03
Yikes, that’s not cheap…
Here’s a picture of a “boring” typical meal for me these days:
Nothing fancy going on here… I cook the meat with: ginger, garlic, green onions, and some sea salt and pepper. All served over brown rice. Washed down with a glass of warm water.
Man, I miss my pizza and coffee! Well, actually not really… Once you start “eating right”, over time it becomes a lot easier to shun junk food. It’s sort of like exercising and investing and all that other good stuff in life.
But it makes me feel better… I’m putting good fuel in my body and hopefully reducing inflammation in the process, which is the cause of many diseases.
I’m also taking supplements (multi-vitamins, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, probiotics), coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, etc.
It’s a slow process, but I’ve got a lot of repairing to do… Until next time…
Stay healthy everyone! 🙂