CSA Box Week 2: Trying to Sub Produce for Other Foods
This week's CSA box arrived with lots of healthy goodies. I call them "goodies" because I'm trying to psych myself up into eating vegetables instead of potato chips, and fruit instead of sweets. It's been a busy and junky week eating too many of the wrong things, although I did also eat many of the right things, too. It's a mindset, for me. Some days the mindset is for health, and some days the mindset is for crap.
Mindset A: Wow, I can't wait to trim the vegetables and get them roasted for lunch! I feel so much better eating healthy foods, and they're so delicious I don't even miss the junk!
Mindset B: Meh, I don't want fruit, I want a cupcake.
The difference in the mindsets isn't really just what I "want" to eat. It's what I "want" to FEEL. Do I want to feel life? Or do I want to feel numb? That's what it all comes down to. That's what comfort eating has always been about for me. The trick is to push Mindset A as much as possible (fake it til you make it) and tell myself that after I eat my healthy produce, if I still want a cupcake, I can have it. ONE. From a bakery. Not a dozen, not from a Hostess box, not giant sized. And then I will not indulge in that kind of thing again for at least a couple of days. I'd say I am at about 70% Mindset A this week, but the 30% Mindset B gets tiring. That 30% is more than usual, probably just due to hormones and stuff.
The CSA box pushes Mindset A very well! Getting all this local, organic food that was just picked yesterday or today makes me feel happy, and privileged to have it (I know it is a blessing because there was a time I couldn't afford *any* produce, much less organic and local and delivered to my front door). So I treasure it and it becomes the special thing (over the cupcake) and I take good care of it, and make sure none of it goes to waste.
For dinner the other day I used up the last of the first CSA box and the last of the mini fridge produce (yes, my new fridge came!): sloppy joes with steamed mixed greens, roasted carrots, white radishes, and asparagus, and cut up strawberries. It was a great meal!
Here is today's CSA box. It is stacked up so there is more volume than the photo appears to show:
Sugar snap peas
Kohlrabi with greens
and lots of strawberries!
I bought some Rubbermaid FreshWorks containers and use them to keep the produce fresh longer. It really works! The berries were put in there unwashed and they stayed fresh and perfect for much longer. Having this produce makes me stop thinking about candy bars and helps me focus on what I can make with all my fresh veggies. Because yes, I still get in a mood sometimes for candy or junk, and yes I even still have some on occasion. But the less often, the better, and this stuff distracts me from the junk.
I am thinking about doing a week (or more) where I only eat local foods from the farmer's market, CSA box and produce stands. I think that would be a fun challenge; I can get pastured meats and dairy, local nuts and produce, local honey and herbs from those places. That would mean no breads or oranges or bananas... nothing out of season, either. I think what I'd miss the most is avocados! But I bet I would enjoy the challenge. I am probably going to try this at some point in June. Maybe you can do it with me!
I am 38 years old, female, a degree-holding stay-at-home-mom, and I weigh 278 pounds. I have been obese for ten years now. Time to get out of this fat prison I have made for myself.
--This is the original introduction I wrote when I first started this blog in 2007. I leave it as a reminder to myself of where I came from. Currently, I am 46 years old and weigh significantly less...see the blog for details. I lost 103 pounds, then had a partial regain, and am once again working at weight loss and better health.
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