It felt like the worst possible time to do so – I was working 50hrs/week and was training for my first marathon – but eliminating processed foods and only eating meals made with real ingredients just felt like the right thing to do.
It was a real challenge. For months I had the same schedule, week after week.
I would wake up at 5am, make oatmeal, blend a smoothie and pack my lunch. After work I’d grocery shop, go home, run 5-8 miles in the dark with a headlamp, make dinner, make salad and dressing for the next 3 days, put the left-overs in a tupperware for lunch the next day, shower, go to sleep by 11pm, wake up and do it all again.
The best part was realizing that cooking was getting easier and easier. Compared to everyone else I knew, I was cooking A LOT. But after a while it didn’t seem like much.
After a few months, I started to understand how eating this way wasn’t a change in diet, but a change in lifestyle. I now had a different relationship with food. I knew what I was eating, and why I was eating it.
In the first 3 months of eating clean I lost 20lbs…
I can safely say that learning to cook my own food was the smartest thing I could have done for my health. It’s also lead to some of the most rewarding things I’ve accomplished in life.
When we say “happy cooking”, we mean it!