I remember the college years when my lunch would consist of a gigantic "palito de queso" which is a delicious fat bomb they make in Colombia, consisting of lots of cheese rolled into phyllo dough and then fried (or baked if you were going "light"). You would eat the hell out of that thing topped with insane amounts of berry jam and most likely a cold Coca-Cola. Ahhh... those were the good times! My metabolism would destroy that thing in 5 minutes; like it never happened. Plus, when you are a college student in Colombia, your whole week's budget is about $5.00 total, therefore palitos de queso is the way to go!
Here's what I'm talking about:
Well, the joy of eating crap on a daily basis while still having a six pack seems to be a privilege only 20 something get to enjoy. As soon as I got into my 30's, I got a not-so-subtle message from my body: -"Girl, you better start eating like the grown up you are, because your metabolism went on a long vacation somewhere in Bali and we don't know when it's coming back". Ughh...There it was: the realization that "adulting" is much more than drinking a lot of coffee, actually folding laundry and getting the oil in your car changed. Whaaat? You also have to eat healthy? and go grocery shopping more than once a month? Not cool buddy, not cool.
Given my limited options, I decided it was time for me to become an adult. Like, for real. What does that mean? Simply put, I had to open up my mind to try new things, like the stuff I have never seen anyone in my family buy but you may find in one of those yoga teachers. Food from other countries, spices with names I can't even pronounce, vegetables that I didn't know existed in real life and of course, taking responsibility for my food choices. (For all my choices, actually). Mindless munching was out of the question. No more quick runs to the drive through, powered by long hours without eating anything. No more frozen TV dinners no matter how "Healthy" they claimed to be. No more late nights watching tv while eating bowls of cereal. No more monochromatic meals, or pushing veggies to the side or skipping the greens altogether. And no, french fries don't count as veggies anymore either.
Grown ups are responsible. Grown ups know what they need to do to accomplish what they want. Grown ups don't eat from the kid's menu.
I don't even have to preach to you about the benefits of eating healthy because as an adult, you KNOW all about it. So what's left? putting the time and doing the work to find a balance between enjoying life and food while making the right choices for your goals.
Let's start with the most basic step: Grocery shopping (for adults). And nothing says "adulting" better than a well stocked pantry filled with spices from all over the world, a clean fridge with neatly organized containers and a lot of organics greens and "superfoods". Ha! You only see that on Pinterest. Wait! don't freak out yet. There's an easy way to ease into eating healthy without having to be a food guru/fancy blogger.
Take with you this downloadable visual guide for Trader Joe's and Costco. Nothing fancy, just good, every day food that you will enjoy for sure.
DOWNLOAD THE PDF AND TAKE IT WITH YOU TO THE MARKET