Soooo . . . Remember last May when I decided to stop dieting? And then the whole blog went radio-silent? As I mentioned before, that was because I needed the mental space to let my brain sort of . . . settle, for lack of a better word.
So for the last 6 months or so, I’ve eaten what I wanted, when I wanted it. Then those 6 months got kind of stressful, as I started a new job. So my eating wasn’t always the best. In fact, I probably did more than my share of stress-eating – and let’s be honest, stress-drinking, too. But I made an effort to at least eat when I was hungry, and to pay attention to WHY I was eating during those times I knew damn well I wasn’t hungry, but was eating anyway.
I took to calling this “Operation Normal.”
Over the last 6 weeks or so, I’ve started noticing that both my eating and my drinking seem to have leveled out. I’m not drinking as much, and I’m not eating as much crap food – and I it wasn’t a decision I made consciously, just one that seems to be evolving. But because back in May I decided to re-assess where I was in a year, and because I knew that year was almost half over, I started reading various food books. I finally got around to reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and I read a BUNCH of Geneen Roth’s books, and one called Real Food by Nina Planck (that last one is AMAZING). And the more I read, the more I started thinking that rather than focus on calories, fat, protein, etc., I really wanted to think about WHAT I was eating and WHY.
So at the end of November I started transitioning to “real” food. I’ve been eating what’s in my freezer, but am working toward only eating raw dairy, pastured meat and poultry (and eggs), and sustainably, humanely raised fish (whether wild or farmed, depending on the fish). I decided that further, I was going to try an experiment: for 2011, I would eat from the farmers’ market. I’m a good cook, so I decided I would go to the market, buy whatever looked good and then figure out what the hell to do with it when I got home. Eating locally, seasonally and intuitively all in one go!
After noodling on that for a while, I decided that (given my history of thinking things must be PERFECT) I would shoot for accomplishing the above 80% of the time. (Thus allowing myself the occasional heat-and-eat dinner, and things like frozen spinach, which I REFUSE to give up, even if it does get trucked in from across the country.)
So I’ve been working on cleaning out my existing stash of food, and in the meantime, I’ve got a bread machine (“inherited” from Mom) and A PRESSURE CANNER (for Christmas!). I’m super-excited about that last one, because I really want to can my own tomatoes this summer!!!! 😀
And I started a companion blog to this one: Eating from the Farmers’ Market (More or Less). The first post over there will go up Monday, the 10th of January (after I make a farmers’ market run over the weekend, because the markets around me were closed the last 2 weekends for Christmas and the Rose Parade). I’ll split my posting between this one and that one – this one will still be my outlet for my freak-outs and internal dialogues, and that one will be more about what’s in season, what I’m cooking, how much it cost, that sort of thing. (I’m kind of hoping that I might be able to cull the recipes eventually and get to writing that cookbook I keep blathering on about.) There will be more personal stuff too, but the serious neuroses will be confined to this blog. (Lucky, lucky you. ;D)
So there you go. That’s the new project. I’m not deleting any of my old posts off of here, but I also won’t be talking about calories, fat, or any of that going forward. “Operation Normal,” remember? And I don’t mean STATISICALLY normal, but NOT-CRAZY normal (I think the latter is actually ABnormal statistically speaking, but let’s not go there). So it won’t be about weight (although let’s be honest – that’s what the “neurotic” caveat is for), but about health. Real health: physical, emotional and mental. Because Lord knows I need me some of that.