It seems as it was years ago when my food journey began.
I grew up in a pretty traditional Polish home, where meals were cooked daily. Even went to a farmer’s market every weekend.
But had changed by the time I had graduated college.
It was 2008 when I took a job for an investment fund based out of Chicago. Constantly stressed out, and commuting for 3 hrs each day, I found myself running to the train station with a bag of fast food almost daily.
I was mentally exhausted, fatigued, with low energy, and more out of shape than ever.
Not to say that my life was any different than most Americans. Always running to the next place, surrounded by the abundance of convenience foods on every corner.
It is almost embarrassing to admit that as someone who was educated, I was eating food that completely lacked anything nutritionally. I should have known better than that.
But frankly (as I made excuses for my inaction), there was not even a minute to think about coming up with some sort of a strategy to improve my poor diet.
Four years later, my fast food rampage had me at an all time low. For God’s sake, I was eating chicken nuggets on a Metra train at 9pm at night commuting home. I was also feeling anxious and depressed.
This lifestyle had to change. This was not what I signed up for!
So very slowly I began to rediscover myself, and search for healthy solutions.
With that of course came the willingness to learn about what worked for others that had successfully built healthy eating habits.
I realized at that time that food has a huge impact on all areas of my life, not just health. When I gave up processed food, my mind felt more clear, work productivity increased, communication improved, and anxiety disappeared.
What started as a single decision to give up fast food became a lifestyle.
I want you to know that it’s okay to start where you are. Awareness is key to making a shift. It’s never too late to make a change, or have an open conversation.
I want to leave you with some tips from Michel Pollan’s “Food Rules” that have had a major impact on me, even up until today.
Aleksandra, Wellness & Nutrition Coach
Sixty-four simple, yet profound rules to improve your life with real food:
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