Seasonal Diets


It's been an interesting experience, trying to cook for myself in college.   It's transitioned from the start of the year on an entirely vegetable diet (and actually losing weight) to me cooking some fancier meals that meant less raw vegetables(maintaining weight) to now I'm too lazy to cook and I just get takeout of whatever sounds good plus eat whatever I'm currently obsessed with (which is always carbs and thus means gaining weight).  

Therefore I decided to try my hardest to eat seasonally this year.  It's not been going too well, however.  The farmer's market is only on thursdays and sundays and only takes cash.  Also, seamless makes it far too easy to order too many insomnia cookies, burritos, or various types of Indian food.  It's so much simpler to just order food in than to go to the grocery store, plan what to cook, and actually cook it.  But even more than that, I have to plan to get my work done early enough before class to have time to cook.

But I need to recommit myself to the concept of eating seasonally, even if the only vegetables I pick up are from Trader Joe's instead of the farmer's market.  Because no matter how good cheese and crackers tastes, or nutella or even eggs, I don't feel good.  There is nothing that makes me feel more invigorated and gives me more energy than to eat lots of raw vegetables.  And as much as I know this, I never ever follow through with it.  

But therein lies the problem I'm finding myself up against.  Winter fruits and vegetables are not meant for consumption raw.  I honestly don't know how to eat winter vegetables.  Back in Nebraska, I had all the fresh vegetables I could handle-- and then some-- in the summer.  I know how to cook everything that came from my Grandma's garden.  But we never had much in the way of winter vegetables.  I mean, there was the occasional winter squash but those were always made with brown sugar and butter.  Not exactly the epitome of healthy eating.  

But I have many recipes.  And I know lists of winter vegetables are just a google away.  And I live in New York...there will be a farmers market that takes credit cards somewhere.  I just need to stop making excuses and take this as a learning opportunity.  I need to get rid of the junk food I have (although my suitemates would not consider my food junkfood by any stretch of the imagination), and replace it with only winter vegetables and other healthy options.  That way I don't have a choice.  Because it's not like I don't love eating vegetables and I love having so much more energy.  It's worth the work, and I just need to keep reminding myself of that.  

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I'm Madysen, born and raised in Nebraska but now living out my dreams in New York City. I moved here to go to Columbia, but living in New York has become so much more to me. This blog is a space where I can share my experiences of reconciling my midwestern upbringing with the life I live in the city. But even bigger than that, this blog serves as a space where I can try to understand where I fit into the larger social world, where I want to go in life, and how I want to go about pursuing all of these endeavors.

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