I lost five pounds since last Friday. But not in a way that I’d recommend to ANYONE.
Last Friday morning, I came to the end of a long dental journey. Remember this post, about my dental drama that started in 2007? It’s finally almost over! Almost! As soon as these wounds heal.
Friday I had my wisdom teeth removed, and recovery has been kind of hellish, to be perfectly honest.
But through the painful process I’ve had a series of revelations about my relationship with food. I guess that’s what happens, when you are excruciatingly aware of everything you put in your mouth for almost a week.
Recovering from my wisdom teeth surgery helped me to realize how absent-mindedly I’d been eating for oh, the past 29 years or so. Over the past week it’s really hit home how much garbage I’ve consumed without even thinking about it. The fact that I usually eat while watching TV or surfing the net doesn’t help much either.
Truth be told, my healthy food kick has been a fairly recent change in lifestyle, within the past two or three years I’ve grown more confident in myself in the kitchen, and grown increasingly more concerned about the fast food items I turn to when I feel tired or overwhelmed after a long day at work.
Everyone’s got their typical favorites, the number you bark into the cashier’s earpiece at the drive through. At Mickey D’s, it’s a 10 piece chicken nuggets, sweet and sour sauce with a Dr. Pepper. Without question. Well thanks to D-Listed, I got to see what chicken nuggets are actually made of. And having seen that disgusting image, I can happily say NO THANKS.
It’s a trend in our society to make everything bigger, better, and faster, but when it comes to food, that isn’t necessarily the best way to go.
Recently I was LOLing at This Is Why You’re Fat.com, a site that reveals the um, culinary excesses that are inexplicably popular at county fairs and theme restaurants. Some of the stuff people come up with is straight up disgusting. Like the “Jabaconageburger With Cheese” — which is a cheeseburger patty topped with bacon and sausage between two jamaican beef patties. Or deep fried peanut-butter covered brownies, wrapped in cookie dough. Or deep fried Coca-Cola, which I had to see to believe.
But some of the items there could have and might have passed my lips before. Cheesecake on a stick, anyone?
Since last Friday, my diet has primarily consisted of mushy, soft foods. It’s easy to go unhealthy when your mouth is all swollen and painful — milkshakes are heavenly, and I could subsist on mac and cheese and mashed potatoes for a month, forget a week! But I’ve been really trying to be nutritious even while I’m healing. I’ve been drinking a whole lotta water, and already I notice a difference in my skin. I managed to get through a menstrual cycle without breaking out, which has never happened to me before! And I’ve been slowly falling in love with soup.
Soup is so underrated. And according to BlogHer, The Daily Mail, and EDiets.com, adding broth-based soups to your daily diet can help to fill you up. It’s also another way to intake some much needed H2O. Of course soups can be unhealthy as well, so I’ve been making a real effort to steer clear of heavy, creamy, sodium-laden soups and to go for the soups that rely primarily on veggies for their body and thickness. Whole Foods makes a spectacular pumpkin soup that is my new favorite thing ever!
As the gaping caverns in the back of my mouth heal, slowly I can start eating solid foods again, and I fully expect to be back on my cooking grind next week, making some fresh new recipes. But now that I know from necessity, I won’t sleep on soup as my ongoing fitness quest continues. I’m ready to try some new adventures in cooking! Like the photo at the top of this post — that’s curry udon soup, courtesy of food blog Closet Cooking. Doesn’t it look delicious?
What about you — are you a soup lover? Or are you not a fan? I’d love to hear your favorite recipe if you’ve got one!