I realize that I haven't been the world's best blogger of late. And I actually feel pretty unapologetic about it. I haven't had anything profound (or even not-so-profound) to write about, so I've spared you a lot of boring posts.
It's 2012 now, and time for resolutions and fresh starts. So what's on my mind this year?
I really only have one resolution, and that's to completely rehaul my diet. Nothing I've tried has worked in the longterm. Even though I actually do prefer fruit and vegetables to bread, I gravitate to the bread like a fly to...well, you know. Even though I know that there isn't a single healthy thing going on in a piece of cake, it goes straight into my body. My taste buds are an annoying group of hedonists who pay absolutely no attention to the needs and wants of my brain (and stomach). For all the pleasure my mouth derives from food, I can't say the same for my stomach. Everything I eat (and lately, it's been nothing but holiday crap), makes my body feel terrible. I know this, and yet I head straight to the cheese and crackers, the ice cream cake, the cookies, the cocoa, etc. when there's a perfectly lovely container of brussel sprouts and some gleaming yellow grapefruits in the fridge.
I've got heart disease on EVERY branch of my family tree. Obesity on EVERY branch, too. I look in the mirror and hate what I see. I want to eat better. I want to be that person who toodles down to the farmer's market every week, and comes home with bags laden with lovely local produce, that she whips up into amazingly healthy meals for herself. But I'm more likely to be the one rushing into Price Chopper at 5:30 for a pizza because I can't think of anything to cook.
To break the cycle, I feel like I'm going to have to do something really drastic, because no diet I've tried so far as broken my cravings for foods that do my body no benefit.
I recently read two things in Marilu Henner's book The Thirty Day Total Health Makeover that really made an impact on me.
1) The purpose of cow's milk is to turn a 95 lb calf into a 400 lb full-grown cow within a year. Additionally, we are the only species that drinks another species' milk, even though the thought of drinking our own milk (which was actually designed to work with our own digestive system) completely and utterly disgusts us.
2) Marilu Henner said "If you don't make time to be healthy, you'll have to make time to be sick."
Er...Since you put it that way...
So this year, I'm trying something radical. I'm giving up sugar (the white, refined kind), caffeine (which is really easy because my body no longer tolerates it anyway), red meat, and dairy. Red meat and dairy are going to be painfully hard. I foresee lots of misery there. But I'm going to try it and see if my body responds.
And since I learned last year that I really don't much care for poultry, I'm most likely going to move toward some form of pescetarianism. This will be interesting because I'm not a huge fan of most kinds of seafood. I foresee becoming mostly vegetarian as this plays out (although I will always eat whatever I'm served if I'm eating at someone else's home.).
I'm going to be leaning heavily on my already-vegetarian friends this year because it occurred to me that, as much as I love them, I don't know how to prepare vegetables that aren't deep fried or boiled to death. So if anyone has any good vegetarian recipes, send them my way. I'll post a new one on here from time to time and let you know how it's going in my kitchen.
I still haven't figured out what I'm going to do about Tom and the boys as I change my diet. They need to eat too, and I seriously doubt that they'll want to give up what I'm giving up. I lack inspiration. But we'll figure it out.
In any case, I wish all of you a happy and healthy New Year! Here's to a great 2012!