What can I do today to make tomorrow better?  I try to answer this question on days when I’m struggling to eat properly or on days when I feel cruddy because I’ve eaten poorly.  Many people struggle day in and day out to eat the way they think they should eat.  Whether it’s to lose weight, get a disease under control, or to help prevent future ailments, changing eating habits is difficult.  I’m trying to change my eating habits to control mental issues, get my weight under control, and achieve a healthy relationship with food.  The three goals I have set out for myself this year to help me change my eating habits are; switch to 100% grassfed, hormone free, and antibiotic free beef, purchase a CSA, and switch to free range eggs.

I have struggled with depression and anxiety issues for most of my adult life.  In late 2010, I realized that my issues were connected with the foods I was eating.  I wasn’t eating the typical terrible foods but when I really thought about it I realized that most commercial food is bombarded with ingredients that our bodies are not able to handle.  I slowly shifted away from preservatives, artificial sweeteners, and highly refined and processed food.  I began eating tons of animal protein, fruits, veggies, and healthy fats.

I ate like this for about 5 months.  In that time, my depression and anxiety only cropped up when I slipped and ate something that was toxic to my body.  Then I had a miscarriage and all care for my health went out the window.  I went back to my old eating habits and all my symptoms returned.  All the progress I had made seemed to vanish instantly.  Three months after my miscarriage when I was ready to get back on track I set these goals for myself to help me find my way back to healthy eating habits.  This Labor Day weekend was the anniversary of my miscarriage and I’m still struggling to get back to where I had been diet wise but would be lost if not for the goals I set.

My Eating Goals for a Healthy Lifestyle

Switch to 100% grassfed, hormone free, and antibiotic free beef

I accomplished this goal in April when I purchased a side of beef from a local farm.  Grass fed beef is lower in total fat and cholesterol. It also has more omega 3 fatty acids, beta-carotene, vitamin E, and vitamin C than grain fed beef.  It tastes better too!

Purchase a CSA

CSA, community supported agriculture, is where you purchase a share of a farms crop for the season.  Every week during the growing season you pick up a box of veggies and fruits.  The CSA we are participating in this year runs approximately 27 weeks.  27 weeks of pesticide free vegetables as fresh as you can get it has been phenomenal.  I’ve been spoiled and will be sad in 2 month when it’s over.

Switch to free range eggs 

This goal has been a little difficult because I haven’t found a consistent supply of them at a price I can afford.  Ultimately, I want to raise chickens for their eggs but at our current house that is not doable.  Consuming free ranged eggs is important to me because they have less saturated fat and cholesterol and more omega 3’s and other vital nutrients than commercial eggs.  I hope to find a consistent source soon.

These goals are not going to get me where I want to be eating wise but they are great steps toward it.  I also need to focus on eating out less and avoiding convenience foods by preparing more snacks and meals at home.

Readers: What are some ways you’ve tried to improve your overall health recently?