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My Relationship With Food
Food has always been a source of anxiety for me.
As someone with a significant food allergy to an incredibly common ingredient (gluten), my relationship with food has been rocky for many years. When I moved out of my parents house and into my college dorm it got a lot worse. My school’s cafeteria was not accommodating at all, and quite often the chefs would say things like “well can’t you just have it anyway?” when I requested alternatives to the bread or pasta or pizza they were serving. I was required by my school to have a meal plan and did not have a kitchen in my dorm, so I lived off of microwavable gluten-free meals like oatmeal and mac and cheese, while paying for a meal plan I couldn’t use. Definitely not the healthiest situation.
My second year in college was a little bit better, my mother and I were able to fight to get me into a dorm with a kitchen so I was able to drop my meal plan and cook my own food. Thus became the struggle with… well… let’s be honest, I was a terrible cook.
I would get back to my dorm after a long day of classes and meetings and work and realize, oh no… I forgot to go to the grocery store. I would panic, my blood sugar would be low, I would be desperate to eat anything so I would order nachos at a local mexican restaurant for the 4th time that week just in order to eat something.
Finally, my 3rd year in college, something clicked and I started meal prepping.
Since then, my relationship with food has been growing and getting under control. I have not only been able to feel less anxiety over where my next meal is coming from but I have been able to have the time to focus on nutrition, meal sizes, eating vegetables, trying new recipes, learning how to cook, and so much more. Additionally, meal prepping each week has been a fantastic way to stick to my weekly food budget and save a boat load of money.
While my boyfriend is still the chef in our relationship (thank goodness) I definitely feel a bit more confident than I previously did with grocery shopping, cooking, and taking care of my health through meal prepping. Read More!