How Healthy are Your Groceries?

You’ll never guess what the grocery store checkout lady said to me the other day…

She took a look at my groceries – a whole week’s worth, all lined up on the conveyor belt. She then shifted her focus to us and gave the 3 of us a good look – my husband, daughter, before saying “You’re quite the healthy family, aren’t you?”

I was taken a little aback, and sheepishly said “yeah, I guess so.”

Then she replied with “I’ve never seen groceries this healthy before” paused and continued, more quietly “…kind of sad, isn’t it?”

Ok, so maybe you’re not THAT shocked by this conversation. After all, I do write a blog about nutrition and healthy living. You’d probably expect that I practice what I preach (so to speak).

And I do, BUT…

It wasn’t all that long ago that I was a regular at McDonalds and I could go weeks without groceries because most of what I ate came from a drive thru, a can, package, or box. My diet mainly consisted of fast food, rice a roni (the San Francisco treat, haha), Kraft Dinner, Hamburger Helper, ‘diet’ foods, and other calorie dense, nutrient poor foods. I was also overweight and struggled with a number of health conditions (depression, anxiety, arthritis, high triglycerides, and was borderline diabetic).

What Changed?

Lisa before

I hate to use a cliché, but it totally fits here – One day I decided that I was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I had very low energy and low self-esteem at that point, and I really wasn’t sure what I was going to do, but I knew that I could do something – something that would help me feel better.

I knew that exercise could help with blood sugar control and improve insulin sensitivity so I started walking, just a few times a week for 20 minutes.

I knew that the diet food and crap I was eating was helping me lose weight OR feel good, so I started focusing on eating real food (fruits, veggies, nuts, etc).

I knew that hitting the drive thru was making me feel sluggish and gross so I made a meal plan and started trying simple recipes.

It was THAT EASY. Seriously! A change of mindset, a bit of exercise and healthy eating is where I started. Staying consistent and continuing to progress is what kept me going.

5km

Little by little my life changed. I started feeling better, having more energy, feeling more confident. Then people started commenting that I had lost weight (I actually hadn’t noticed at first because for the first time in a decade I was focusing on how I was feeling rather than the number on the scale). After a few months my medical condition changed as well – I was no longer showing signs of pre-diabetes, my triglycerides were normal, and I began to wean off of the anxiety and depression medication that I’d been on for 10 years.

All of this started with the simple decision that I was going to do what I could to feel better.

What simple change can you make that will impact your life for the better?

Need someone to bounce ideas off of, to help you develop a strategy and get a plan in place, to be your mentor, coach, and cheerleader along the way? This is what I help my clients with all the time. Message me at Lisa@healthappeal.ca and we’ll set up a time to talk.

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