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30 makes me look at my eating a heck of a lot more!

Posted by on July 23, 2012

I have bad eating habits.  I always have.

but… last December I turned 30,

and something inside me changed.  I started to care about what foods were going into my system, and to pay attention to healthier food options.

In March I had the opportunity to attend ExpoWest, the biggest natural food expo in the world, and I learned how good eating healthy could be.  In the past, it was always my fear if I chose healthier options that would mean giving up the flavors I loved so much.  I learned fast at the expo this wasn’t the case at all.

In April I took the Hint 21 Water challenge, in which, I concentrated on drinking more water, and eliminating caffeine completely out of my diet.  By the end of the challenge, the caffeine was gone, and water was apart of my diet again.  But I went back to old habits fast.  Today, I went back to drinking water, and I noticed how my body was responding.  How much more energy it gave me, and how I was feeling better all around.

On Sunday, at the OCfair, we sat down and heard the Chef from the restaurant 118 Degrees speak.  118 Degrees is a Raw Vegan restaurant in Orange County.  She shared a simple recipe that could be used as a morning smoothie, or even frozen to be treated as a chocolate pie, etc.   And it was made with cocunut water, raw cacao, and avocados.

And I’m finally opening my mind to salads.  I have never been a fan of salads.  They never filled me up, and I just didn’t understand why so much work could go into something that just made me feel “blah” afterwards.  This evening I had a pretty good salad with ham and cheese pieces inside it, and I loved every last bite.

My mind has altered on healthier eating, and I really only want to promote healthy products on my website.  I know I still have a long way to go on my eating habits, but I know I’ve come a long way since moving out to California.

When we go grocery shopping, there is a lot more produce added to the cart, and less boxed meals.  We are still eating meat around here, but making sure we’re creating an entire meal when we do cook.

Now the hard part for me will be this: cutting down on how much sugar I intake.  I am a sweet tooth, and I don’t know how to get around this one yet.

I’d love to hear some suggestions from all of you about your healthy eating habits, and what genuinely works for you in making sure you’re eating habits remain healthy.

 

33 Responses to 30 makes me look at my eating a heck of a lot more!

  1. Romina

    While working as a research assistant for a breast cancer project, I learned how to shop at a grocery store to make healthier choices. What you do is shop at the perimeter of the store, that is where the produce and fresh products are. If you look at the products in the aisles (in the middle of the store), you’ll find that they are the processed products. Also, I try to find or make healthier alternatives to junk food, such as baking potato/sweet potato and kale for chips.

    I look forward to your posts about new healthy products that you have tried. Every little effort counts. Good luck.

    • Jamie

      ExpoWest was a good start for me. I found some favorites that are my “to go” to’s when I snack now. And of course, with the help of the internet I learn something new every day.

      The hardest part for me is the prep time. I worked in grocery stores for years, so I always was aware of the lay outs and “why” they were made that way.. and also about the “health” side of the stores too.

  2. Sherie

    30 was the hardest birthday for me and I made a LOT of changes in my life because of it! It must be so cool to live in California because you have access to so many great fresh fruits and veg. I love eating healthier and I really need to find a way to do the prep work, faster!

    • Jamie

      That’s honestly the hardest part for me with eating healthy. The prep time it takes to prepare those meals, etc. I am about efficiency! But I now truly know the importance. So part of writing this post was for me to get ideas/advice from others on what works for them, and to try to implement it into my life.

      It’s one step at a time.

  3. Catherine

    I love green smoothies. My latest fav is mixed greens and spinach (2 cups), 1 c water, 2 tablespoons fresh mint, 1 c strawberries, juice of a lemon or lime. mmm delish!

  4. elizabeth

    the big 3 0 was a a milestone birthday! You are a big kid now!..;) I ate well while my children were young and got in a bad habit after my oldest left for college. I’m trying to do better again..;)

  5. Karen Presecan

    Wow, I feel old. LOL! I remember that year, I felt the same way. I changed some things too! It’s the woman in us:-)

  6. Jennifer

    Starting at 30 is great…developing those habits now will be the best thing you have ever accomplished. I will be 45 this year and if I had not learned healthy habits I would be in big trouble now LOL

  7. Alex @ Before The Baby Wakes

    Ugh. I’m not proud of it but my family is not the healthiest of eaters. I’m the best though because I do actually enjoy fruits & vegetables & eat them often. But my husband & son are notorious picky eaters & it is so hard to get them to eat anything healthy.

    • Jamie

      Dealing with picky eaters is the worst!! I got a lot of my bad habits from my dad growing up. He would eat cereal out of the box, cook pizzas for dinner, and well, drink lots of soda.. *sigh*

      I am slowly working through that.. but the other part is “convenience”

  8. Carolyn Hughes

    I wish I had been as wise as you at 30! Although I am much more aware now that I’m approaching *ahem* that I’m moving back to a vegetarian based diet that I loved in my youth. But husbands and kids somehow took me on a different route.
    My health tip of the moment would be where-ever possible – grow your own!

    • Jamie

      I understand the importance of gardens more than ever right now… unfortunately our apartment, with the way it was built blocks a lot of sunlight :(

  9. Bibi @ Bibi's Culinary Journey

    Being a food writer I don’t always eat the healthiest food, but I do try to find the right balance. Lucky for me I love salads, fruit and nuts and I don’t really eat when I cook or bake. I think it’s all about balance in your diet and healthy lifestyle.

    • Jamie

      That is so true. I struggle with diets, i really do because the thing is, if people just changed their eating habits, gave themselves smaller portions, and exercised, it balances out. :/

  10. Karla Campos

    When I turned 31 I started to really care about what went into my system. I have 3 kids so the more I care about myself nutrition wise the more they benefit naturally. I try to stick to organic food and when I can’t find organic I go for the healthy alternatives that are closer to organic than not. I really enjoyed your fruits and vegetables selection article, even though I look for healthy items I had no idea how to pick the good tasting fruits and veggies.

    • Jamie

      Thanks Karla =) on Friday I’ll be sharing a fun post about a product I just discovered that I’m completely hooked on. I hope you’ll check it out.

      The hard part is the prep for me, and I’m also worried about the cost. but I’m slowly starting to make those changes.

  11. Meryl Beck

    I am lucky…I love vegetables! Others have called me a carnivorous vegetarian, since I like animal protein too! It is so nice to read about your changes in eating. Most find that the healthier their eating, the less they enjoy the junk food. If you have issues with emotional eating, I’d like to be a support person for you. Thanks for sharing this with us.

    • Jamie

      Thanks Meryl.

      I don’t do much emotional eating myself. I really stick to eating just meals, but understand it’s better for your body to have snacks throughout the day. So, what I discovered and will be posting about on Friday is a GREAT start to the kind of snacking I’ll need.

  12. lisafrederiksenbreakingthecycles

    You’ll likely see another change in your body at 40 and then 50 — that’s what happened to me. I just couldn’t eat as much as I used to and had to up my exercise. As for eating habits – for the most part, I try to eat as close to fresh as possible — lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, which I agree is much easier to do in California — and drink lots (more than 8 glasses) of water a day. Good luck!

    • Jamie

      The one good thing I always had going for me is how much I love fruit. I’m not a big fan of veggies, but I am drawn to fruit, always!

  13. Tara

    Living in Greece we don’t have access to the same amount of ready made or fast foods that you all have so we have to eat fresher, which is great! We grow our own veggies and I work with a friend who offers me advise about what I should be eating.

    • Jamie

      Yes, the convenience of american foods and fast food has made it easy to not watch what we eat. Oh, I believe that is a great idea as to what Greece has done.

  14. Marie Leslie

    For us it is a continuous process. We continue to refine our diet, removing foods that aren’t healthy and going back to cooking from “scratch”. We have found that because it has been a gradual transition that we haven’t gotten any complaints from our kids and they don’t even seem to notice. We rarely eat “take out” or fast food, almost never drink sodas and don’t buy snacks and “treats” that we can make ourselves because home made means having control over what’s in it. This way, too, when we do have something that is less than optimal it is clear to everyone in our family that it is a once-in-a-great-while kind of thing and not to be eaten regularly. That satisfies the teenage need for treats without becoming unhealthy habits.

    • Jamie

      I love cooking from scratch. That is honestly the best way we can control what goes in and out of our systems. =)

  15. Cathy | Treatment Talk

    Hi Jamie,

    That is wonderful that you are eating healthy foods at your young age! A variety helps me. I try, now more than ever, to get the veggies in on a regular basis. I also love to eat fresh wild salmon whenever I can. Take care.

  16. Anita

    This is an area I am exploring now as well..Although it has been a few years since I seen 3 :) I am pondering vegan but I am not sure.I can no longer eat wheat and I haven’t ate dairy for a couple of years now. I think its best to find what fits your lifestyle as well :)

  17. Lisa Birnesser

    Thanks for sharing about your 30th! I am actually considering a juicing fast to cleanse my system. I have explored being vegan but honestly I just didn’t feel tip top. I really feel better with meat as protein in my diet.

  18. Barbara Peters

    my you are still so young. It’s wonderful that you are thinking about taking care of your body . You will age beautiful if you remember to do this.

  19. Sharon O'Day

    For me, Jamie, thirty was so long ago, it’s probably recorded in hieroglyphics! ;-) I’ve stayed healthy all these years by two sets of rules. First was “no cans and no boxes” in my shopping cart. And this decade, “no sugars and no flours.” What you might want to explore is the use of spices. There’s a whole world of them … and they become an absolute adventure in your mouth!

  20. Helena Bowers

    You are so wise to start taking better care of yourself now. I didn’t when I was 30, and paid for it with a heart attack at 40. Now I watch what I eat, and this year I gave up my coke zero for water and feel so much better for it. I’m still not much for greens but have found that I can do spinach in just about everything as long as I chop it up first. :)

    • Jamie

      Well, it’s definitely a start. I still have a ton of bad habits to break, but my discovering of healthy snacking products has helped a ton. Tonight I bought a 24 pack of water to keep in my car. I find when I keep the water in my car (since I’m a sales rep) I will drink it and steer from the sugary beverages. It’s just trying to change my mindset ;)

  21. Gretchen Pritts

    Great Post! 30 really wasn’t a hard one for me. However, I am approaching 40 in a year and that one seems to be a little bigger. We shall see. Thanks for sharing.

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