A couple of weeks ago I shared my story about why I decided to quit processed foods. I often call it my junk food “break-up” because in many ways we all have a complex relationship with food.
Personally, culturally, and physically food plays a powerful role in our lives. And as anyone who has tried making changes to their diet knows, breaking away from your routine can be challenging, to say the least. In fact, it’s a lot like a divorce—something else with which I, unfortunately, have some firsthand experience.
My History with Healthy Eating
My path to eating and living a healthier life started years before real food entered the picture. In my early thirties, I found myself out of shape, gaining weight, and stressed. My health was going in the wrong direction, and it finally got to the point where I was ready to do something about it.
Running and working out were my saviors. In the process of getting in better shape, I started listening to my body more. Food-wise that meant eating more fruits and vegetables, fewer snack foods, and minimizing sweets. That said, I had totally bitten the hook about “healthy” processed foods, so plenty of leanwashed foods were still in my diet.
How I Quit Processed Foods
It wasn’t until my forties hit that I realized I wasn’t doing enough and made the commitment to quit processed foods. (more…)