For anyone who follows my Instagram, it’s pretty obvious that I’m a major foodie. I love finding amazing restaurants in NYC, and experimenting on my own in the kitchen. I’ve been working at food publications for the past year, and as a result have been surrounded by food constantly. Nachos, dessert lasagna, margaritas–you name it.
I’ve always had very positive body image–something I’ve never taken for granted. I’m comfortable in my own skin and have definitely learned to embrace my body (and my health) as I’ve gotten older. As a millenial in a society where everyone and their mother is on a juice cleanse or “tea-tox,” I regularly eat pasta for dinner and drink 1% milk. When I lived in Amsterdam, my French fry intake went up, and I put on a few pounds. When I started my new job this semester, I had a longer walk to the train and started skipping lunch because my new building doesn’t have a rad cafeteria–so I lost a few pounds. None of this was intentional, it’s just the way things happened.
I’ve been passionate about food my whole life. I did so many school projects about organic food and GMOs, writing letters to my town paper asking my community to shop at local farms instead of big-box grocery stores. I no longer eat meat, and though I indulge in junk food on occasion, I make a conscious effort to eat healthy on a student budget. There are well-balanced days when I’ll have eggs or a smoothie bowl for breakfast, soup for lunch, and roasted veggies for dinner. Other days, I’ll only eat popcorn and diet Coke.
I’m a firm believer in enjoying everything in moderation. I will never cut out carbs from my diet–but I also will never eat pizza every single day. Instead of totally sacrificing something I love (i.e. pizza) and permanently replacing it with something healthy (i.e. cauliflower crust + nutritional yeast topped “pizza”), I’d rather have it less often. And in all honesty, I live in NYC so it’s not realistic to swear off bagels & pizza.
Being surrounded by food in the workplace is definitely a challenge. Just today, a coffee brand’s PR reps brought us a platter of bagels, pastries, and fruit, as well as rich & creamy iced lattes. Fortunately, I knew they were coming, so I didn’t eat breakfast at home and had half a bagel, half a pastry, and lots of fruit at the office. Other days, there will just be tons of snack food and candy, and it’s hard not to graze.
Another consequence of ever-present food is that I no longer crave anything. This same thing happened when I worked in a grocery store back in high school…the food you love becomes just an object. You see so much of it everyday that it doesn’t always feel as special. Because of this, I’ve been making more of an effort to cook at home, especially to make sure I have at least one balanced meal a day.
This post was inspired by Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere and Kim Kardashian.