*I understand that there are people hurting and dealing with a lot more than I am. This is simply my personal revelations on Irma and Post-Irma.
Get Ready To Evacuate
My family got so many things, and managed to find a friend to crash with for a few days during Irma. We shared supplies and managed to go through very little overall, but we didn’t get the healthiest foods. On our own, we got cans of beans, Hormel ready meals, and trail mix. The trail mix was the biggest hit…with everyone! But it kept bugging me how terrible our food selections were (and how terrible the food selections are in general for non-perishable foods.
When we returned home the first time, we found ourselves without power. We went to my in-laws, and spent almost a week there. In that time, we found ourselves eating properly cooked foods. Not only that, I found myself wanting to cook. On the day we found out we had power back, I had gone to the store and bought some foods for us to make. We went home and that food was cooked.
And for the first time in years, I cooked all week long. More than just cooked all week long. I pre-made our sandwiches (chicken salad and egg salad) and I made almost everything as freshly as I could. We’ve been home for 10 days and I haven’t stopped cooking.
I’ve started making certain choices in drinks, too, and began an Apple Cider Vinegar regimen about four days ago. Now, I started my journey with this journal at about 175lbs on average. When I weighed myself yesterday morning, I was sitting at a pretty 169lb. This morning I went up to about 171, but I’m going to admit I had wine…probably bloated and retaining, but still. That’s a much better weight!
Today I’ve added turmeric. Since coming home from a hurricane, I’ve made more healthy decisions than I have ever made in the one week. And I’m enjoying it. We have more fresh fruits, meats, less sugars, and I’m starting to see some differences. Not just in how I feel and look, but how I think about food.
If you’re curious, I kept track of my food all the way up until the day before Irma. I noticed I actually eat very little overall. My biggest weakness is coffee and matzo ball soup. Man I have those a lot! During and since Irma, I’ve not been keeping track, but I know I’ve been eating better. Everything I eat is cooked or chopped by me (other than a few select things. We don’t eat enough veggies in this house to do anything but frozen…)
So, my revelation? It took a natural disaster to get me to do a full change. Interesting how necessity can beget difference.