Over the past few months I’ve become increasingly motivated to define my pantry limits, establish my go to meals, discover new favorites, define a budget for 1, and put spins on mom’s old secrets. Most importantly i’ve been realizing the type of eater I am and the type of eater I want to be. Along with a major in Exercise & Movement Science I also am working on a minor in Nutrition & Food Science. I finally want to put it all to the test by actually practicing, tweaking, adjusting, and discovering the benefits of this knowledge I have and all the more that I have access to.
Gaining my grocery store independence upon signing a lease to an apartment off campus now 1.5 years ago - started out with a whole lot of motivation and great habits. These eating habits filled with summer veggies, farmer’s market products, and fresh fruit quickly turned into just a fad as yogurt and granola followed by pasta-pasta-pasta became the easy to eat in a tupperware container at the library menu.
Nutritionally speaking, my body survived the last 4 years of school - I sort of stayed the same - gained a few & lost a few. Healthy & colorful eating followed by a monochrome diet has flowed with my exam schedule ever since. Despite all the things I know and understand about how the fuel you put into your body affects your body’s ability to perform athletically but academically as well - I seem to be in a rut… I have not been able to establish a single regularity about my diet in my 21 years. While I consume fruits and veggies almost every day, take a vitamin, always avoid fast food and highly processed products - I’m not really being the eater I want to be and know I can be.
I can’t say what it is about the upcoming months - maybe it really is the impending 26.2 miles i’ll be facing along Champlain’s coastline or maybe it’s my mirror talking. I like to think that it is a combination of time, finally feeling ready to take some control, and desire for discipline that allowed something inside of me to click. I’m finally feeling I have a little more time to focus on becoming the eater I want to be since I won’t be taking 18 credits, living at the library, and falling asleep with my text books or trusty TI-84 calculator. I think the feeling of freedom coming up this final semester has left me with some time to explore and discover. Hopefully leaving me with a better fuel system and understanding of what my body needs based on the complex demands we are all under.
:: Nourish mind, body & soul.