I’m Only 23, Should I Eat Healthier?

But Dinosaur Nuggets are so good…

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Recently, I have been going through some nutrient deficiency problems with my doctor. B12, B6, Iron, Magnesium, Omega-3 and more have been contributing to neuropathy in my hands and feet, as well as fatigue and made -easy tendonitis in my muscles.

Does this have to do with my diet?

I don’t know. I do know that I don’t eat as healthy as I could.

When I was younger my family was a big stickler for comfort food. Chicken strips, meatloaf, mac and cheese, various other pastas, and one of my favorite, mozzarella sticks. Add on that in the last year I realized I am lactose intolerant, but I haven’t changed my diet all that much since high school.

When we go grocery shopping, we typically do it all in one go at a big and cheap supermarket. Which is ironic because my fiance and I both work at natural food stores. Sure we tend to get a lot of our meat and produce at our work, but places like whole foods don’t necessarily have cheap versions of anything else, and even with our 20% discounts, we like saving money.

Our meats usually consist of pork chops, ham, ground turkey, or meatballs, and our most bought vegetables are green peppers, zucchini squash, and carrots. However, we are weak to the pull of bagged, heat up in our toaster oven foods like burritos, corn dogs, pizzas and texas toast. We buy many of these kinds of items, not thinking about the carbs or the health content really at all.

The question I guess I’ve been asking myself is, do I need to be eating healthier? Am I at an “age” where I need to eat healthier? Personally I’m starting to think it’s a myth that you can eat whatever you want in your 20’s and still be fit as a 16-year old, as my stamina and fatigue have fluctuated already based on my diet every day.

Another problem we’re having with our diets as 20 something-year-olds, is that we eat out way too much. On our weekends it’s almost every meal, and on our weekdays, well, let's just say sometimes I’m lazy at making myself a PB&J to take to work.

So we spend way too much on fast food, and we could be eating healthier so where do we go from here?

Well we’ve already given up soda, we drink strictly sparkling water to get our fizzy fix, and we work at natural food stores. So it’s obvious, we have to buy healthier groceries and actually prepare food ahead of time or have enough in the house on our weekends so we don’t indulge in impulse food buys.

But preparing food and keeping our pantry stocked is hard. I work 40 hours a week and only have two days in my weekend, do I want to waste some of that time preparing and making food?

Yes, yes I do. Sometimes we come home from work and we want to sit in front of the tv or our phones and drone out, but I’ve realized something. Just like when I’m doing dishes, preparing food lets me listen to music and actually process my day. I’m doing something productive, giving myself time to think, and I’ll have a delicious meal by the end. It’s a win-win.

I want to acknowledge that obviously we are privileged to work for natural food stores and have the money to buy healthy groceries. Many don’t have that opportunity, and $1.25 corn tastes the same as $3.29 corn. I’m not making a promise, but I’m hoping that soon we will be able to shop wisely in terms of budget as well as what will be more nourishing to our bodies.

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Nonbinary Autistic Blogger, Cat Parental Unit. Pronouns: They/Ze. Former Writer for Thi-nk Queerly-RIP. I write about my queer cryptid experience.

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