The Lesson of a Vegetable Platter
After watching the Jamie Oliver show “Food Revolution,” I have made some pretty significant changes in my own life and how my family eats. Even though I’ve lost my weight since having my surgery, eating vegetables and fruits were a “have to” eat in order to maintain my weight. I enjoyed salads (lettuce) and a very limited select few vegetables. Fruits were one of those things that when I dieted I ate to substitute for cookies, cake, donuts and pies. In that comparison, fruit never came close to a Snickers bar.
Produce has changed from a “have to” now to a “want to.” My body is much happier when I eat veggies and fruit. There is no Krispy Kreme more delicious than a big, naturally sweet strawberry. Instead of focusing on the caloric content and talking myself into eating them but not enjoying them, I look for recipes that incorporate produce rather than omit them.
Okay, get this – my family went on a drive this weekend. We stopped in a little grocery store to get some munchies. Instead of the usual junky crap fare, we bought a vegetable platter and shared it. It was awesome!! Another bonus…..an added bonus is being a role model for my sons. Seeking and eating for health rather than as a recreational activity.
I’ve had a real switch in my mindset. At 9 years post-op, I’ve finally developed a love of fresh product. Not because of the caloric bargain they are but how they make my body feel. When I compare the way I feel after eating something not-so-healthy to a piece of fruit or some veggies, there is NO comparison. It is another way that I nurture myself too. Doing good things for my body makes me feel happy knowing I am taking care of myself.
Who would have thought all of this from a television show and a fresh veggie platter from a country store?
Cathy, ACC-ICF, CLC
Certified Life Coach, Weight Loss Surgery Coach
Certified Back On Track Facilitator