Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Just Say No to Potato Chips

Yesterday, I turned over a new leaf.

You see, for the past few months, every car trip that I’ve made back and forth from Wilmington has involved one thing: potato chips.

I allowed myself to believe that I was in a rush and these were my only gluten free options. I didn’t have time to make something to go, so I felt like I should buy something when I stop for gas – multitask. And with the routine of always buying them for my road trip, the bag of chips became comforting. It was part of my routine.

But ultimately, after every bag of Lay’s, I felt awful. I would get a headache from my less than stellar nutrition choice, and I would find myself cranky and irritable. Not to mention just plain ashamed that I had once again treated potato chips as my meal.

So yesterday I packed my road snacks:

I wanted something that was as minimally processed as possible. So apple, Cashew Fruit and Nut Bar (the cashew bar is DELICIOUS!) and an orange. HOWEVER, if you’re the driver – don’t pack an orange. It made a nice snack once I got to school though.

And I felt better! I felt happy at my choices. My tummy felt healthier. My mind felt clearer.

As I was retelling this milestone to my in-law family last night, MIL Emily said something that really stuck with me. She talked about instead of trying to NOT eat something, just try to EAT MORE fruits and vegetables.

I love it.

As a gluten free person, I don’t like the idea of SAYING NO to any food other than gluten. I feel so limited already. I can’t have the newest Sandwich Thins, Homemade Donut at the Farmer’s Market, or a fresh croissant when I stop for coffee. So I don’t like telling myself NO. You can’t have chips. Ever.

What I do like telling myself is today you’re going to eat more fruits and vegetables. At this meal I should add some fresh broccoli or crunchy carrots would pack well. If I’m trying to hit that goal, fitting in more fruits and veggies, then I won’t have room for chips very often. If ever. And that’s fine with me.

Fruit. Veggies. Fiber. Vitamins. Sounds much better than: Potatoes. Starch. Hydrogenated Oil.

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Happy Tuesday!

A few weeks ago I made the mistake of starting to watch Grey’s Anatomy from the very beginning on Netflix. I stopped watching it around Season 2 when it was on television. Now I am COMPLETELY sucked in!!! I stayed up way too late last night finishing up Season 3. So good!!!!