I was recently asked the following question: “Why do you eat like that?”
It was something of a baffling moment for me for a few reasons. First and foremost because the person doing the asking was standing in front of me with a giant, steaming roast beef sandwich roughly the size of their head on a plate with another plate full of fries in the other hand. My initial reaction was to raise an eyebrow and ask: “Why do you eat like THAT?”
After giving it a moment of thought however, it occurred to me that perhaps I’m in fact that odd one out. I surround myself with fitness-loving, healthy food-obsessed people who cook all their meals and work out religiously. I following bloggers and brands and influencers whose lives revolve around healthy living, making eco-friendly choices, and being good to their bodies and to the planet. I even work in an LEED certified building that composts and offers Project Juice as a lunch option.
But despite living in a cheerful little San Francisco bubble of health & fitness – Statistically speaking – My high-raw, gluten-free, mostly vegan diet is probably more confusing than common.
I grew up in Sacramento, roughly two hours outside of San Francisco, in a household where despite both parents working fulltime, lunch and dinner were made for my brother and I daily. There was no junk food in the house, a can of soda certainly never crossed the threshold, and white bread was something I only ever saw in commercials.
I’m the first to admit it – I’m a food nerd.
I would rather cook than eat out. In fact, eating at restaurants is often more stressful than enjoyable. I usually leave feeling unnecessarily full – Since portion control is not my strong suit when presented with three servings of food - And sick to my stomach from allergens.
All of this is running through my head while I’m standing there with a veggie smoothie in one hand and my mason jar water bottle filled with lemon slices & mint sprigs in the other. I look from my bright, vibrant green smoothie to his rapidly cooling, and in my opinion, unappetizing lunch, and say simply: “I want to feel great every day – So I eat to feel great.”
I may have turned into a hippie food nerd, or more accurately, I may have turned into my grandmother, but I’m happy and healthy and content with my choices. I think about what I put into my body and I fuel my long, busy days with healthy, nutrient-dense foods whenever possible. Yes, I love chips. Yes, there was a time in my life when sweet potato fries were a food group. But most of the time I try to treat my body with respect and give it what it needs to run optimally.
P.S. When I looked back after walking away he was just staring at the space where I’d been standing looking confused…
Why do YOU eat the way that you eat?
Interested in learning more about my food journey and transition to a gluten-free, mostly vegan diet? Check out Gluten: The Good, The Bad & The Itchy, the MCLV FAQ, and Plant Based Protein posts for more!