Leveling up in Real Life: Food Choices
The diet improvements are having some interesting effects. We've cut back on meat, dairy and way back on sugar (as a result of eating mostly whole foods). There has been some ice cream and a few occasions that included cookies but we've been focusing on brown rice, beans, tons of veggies and fresh fruit, nuts, some crackers & cheese, some corn chips, bread and so on. Our intake of sweet items is way down. My youngest, Bug, a child who literally only ate eleven different foods at one point due to sensory issues and wouldn't eat fruit or veg to save his life, is now wolfing down clementines as if they are made of some highly addictive substance. We talked about it last night and he said that not long ago he'd eat them but didn't really like them but now he thinks they are delicious and amazing. I said that I agreed, the damn things are like candy to me, so sweet, so addictive.
I think our palates were sort of ruined before, flooded with the overly sweet things that are loaded with corn syrup and processed sugar, so we couldn't really taste how wonderful fruits and berries are. Bug is now eating strawberries as well and marvels at their taste. Processed foods are weird, maybe I should say overly processed foods, foods like candy or pop tarts and highly sugared and colored cereals and snacks. They give this PUNCH of sweetness and a sugar rush plus an overly simple punch of chemical flavor that we get used to. I think we can get too used to the overwhelming and simple flavors of this "food" and then real food, like ripe berries or a fresh salad full of many ingredients and layers of different flavors, tastes somehow bland and underwhelming to our taste buds.
My husband and I are also losing weight. He's down a total of something like 34 pounds and I am now down about 12. I have a bit more energy, unless it's wishful thinking, and I am moving more, mostly walking more during the day. I've been making more time for reading which does me a world of good. Limiting social media time has added hours into my day. Decluttering continues as carloads of stuff leave for the charity shops and special items get mailed to distant friends who will love and use them.