As a kid I was a super picky eater. Even more extreme than most kids. I wasn’t the kid who only ate chicken nuggets every night for dinner because I didn’t even like chicken nuggets. Mostly I ate pasta I guess. With sauce if I had to but I preferred it with just butter. As I got older the pickiness stuck with me. People would always comment on how I wouldn’t eat. My mom would correct them and assure them I ate a lot! Just a lot of the same few things over and over again. Luckily my eating habits improved at some point. I am still pretty picky but I eat things I would have never eaten in the past.
Freshman and sophomore year of college I lived in a dorm room. No kitchen only a microwave. 90% of the time I was completely disgusted by the cafeteria food. The only food I could tolerate eating in the cafeteria was peanut butter sandwiches, Cheerios, and sometimes pasta. But since Italian night only came around every so often I turned to frozen dinners I could make in my microwave and the more than occasional night of Wendy’s, papa johns, dominos, and the likes.
Junior year I finally had a kitchen. This delighted me to no end. I could finally take two years worth of watching food network instead of studying and make delicious wholesome masterpieces. But the kitchen was tiny, Storage space for all this food was hard to find, and my roommates preferred frozen pizza. So calorie-ridden margaritas and Tombstone became my new best friends.
After graduating college I felt stuck in a rut. Poor eating habits, no exercise, and lack of job prospects were getting me down. I was feeling pessimistic about the future and unmotivated to do anything about it. IT WAS TIME FOR A DRASTIC CHANGE! I wanted to feel good about myself. I started with my diet. With the support of my sports playing obsessed brothers and my gym obsessed parents I started paying more attention to what I was putting in my body, eating more fresh whole foods, and cooking healthy meals for dinner.
I am not on a diet. I don’t have a set of specific rules I follow. I do try to make healthy choices but I don’t let it control my life. When I eat natural real unprocessed foods I simply feel better and have more energy.