I’ve read several times now that you can eat healthier by shopping the perimeter of the grocery story – you know, avoid the processed foods that live on the aisles, and instead shop the produce, freshly baked goods, fresh meats, dairy, etc. I probably thought when I first read it “yeah right.” And yet, at the grocery store Sunday, I found myself dipping into the aisles for balsamic vinegar, chopped tomatoes, cumin seeds, olives and deodorant. That is it. The rest was from the fore-mentioned departments.
This got me thinking about advice (again). Advice has continually challenged me throughout this journey. From being overwhelming to annoying, I’m admittedly stubborn and just have to do things my own way. That’s not to say I don’t appreciate advice, but I don’t always jump on it. And yet, in doing things my so-called way, I find that I’m following the advice without necessarily trying.
I find myself planning meals that account for unprocessed food (advice from Tracy), eating “cleaner” (Tracy), incorporating more exercise (everyone), eating Greek yogurt (Tracy, Gynecologist), enjoying occasional treats (Nutritionist), considering a trainer (Tiffany), being mindful of Omega 3s (Chiropractor), taking the stairs (coworker), listening to my body when it tells me to slow down (physical therapist, though I hate to admit it), just do it (Nicole, Tracy and Nike), and be realistic and reasonable (Shannon, Liz).
See, the best advice, though I don’t even remember who it came from (likely multiple people), is find what works best for you. Sunday, at the grocery story, I just happened to love that I’d found what works for me happened to be advice I’d already read or heard.
So what am I doing with all these groceries!? Well, I have a Cobb salad planned for lunches this week, and so I’m roasting beets, boiling eggs and frying up some turkey bacon, of course!