Do new places and people intimidate you? They do me. I am a people person. I can talk to pretty much anyone, anytime (just ask my husband). But depending on the situation, I can totally lose my confidence and let new places overwhelm me. New gyms, new workouts, health food stores…I still feel like the fat mom who doesn’t quite fit in. Even after all my hours in the gym and hours fixing healthy meals, super healthy environments make me feel like I’ve got a neon sign above me flashing “she doesn't fit in here”. These feelings make me want to revert back into my bubble, where I feel safe.
I was a Superstore shopper for years. It fit my needs. Cheap, easy to grab, and near my house. I didn’t give it much thought. Food was food. I never read a label. If it was something we liked, I bought it. My how times have changed! I have shopped at some “healthier” stores since I began to lose weight and care about my health. But, I started a 21 day challenge at my church, and decided to follow the Whole 30 diet during this time. Having stricter dietary needs pushed me out of my comfort zone and right through the doors of Whole Foods.
Whole Foods! The mecca of health food stores. The place that intimidated me and made me squirm. And here I was! We purchased flowers for my daughter’s wedding at Whole Foods, so I had been, but I had never actually grocery shopped there. What in the world was I waiting for? I set up an appointment with the personal shopper at our Tulsa store, Debbie, and she was wonderful! Yes, you heard me, a personal shopper! Debbie pulls online orders, or like with me, can shop with you to help you find what you need. Every store has a “Debbie”.
I told Debbie I was following Whole 30, and she knew what my needs were. (To find out more about Whole 30: http://whole30.com/new/) The basics are: no sugar, no grains, no dairy, no legumes, no artificial sweeteners, no preservatives. So my diet these days consists of lots of veggies, lean proteins, some fruit and some healthy fats. Not too different from our usual diet, but I am missing my greek yogurt and my oatmeal. Overall, it's been a great challenge for us, and much easier to stick to than I anticipated. It has also pushed me to get creative and find new recipes. There are only so many nights you can eat grilled chicken and broccoli.
I had a new recipe I wanted to try so I just pulled it up on Pinterest (you can find it here: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/80079699604698796/, or below) and Debbie went to work helping me find everything I needed. I made grilled salmon with a mango salsa and a spinach salad, topped with Tessamae’s dressing, one of the few dressings that is Whole 30 approved. Having a professional grocery shopper was so nice! I would have never known which mangos were ready to eat that day. She picked the perfect avocados and even convinced me to add some jicama to our salad. I never knew how to pronounce jicama (\ˈhē-kə-mə\) or that we would actually like it.
My take away? It’s not so hard to get out of my comfort zone. Deciding to do something new is the hardest part. Once you get there, it all falls into place. This whole healthy journey has pushed me way out of my safe little bubble. And I have found when my bubble is lifted, something good always comes from it. Whole Foods isn’t some scary, uber healthy place full of pilates perfect supermoms, but a great option for me that fits my healthier needs!
I’ll be sharing more of my “Breaking out of My Bubble” stories. I spent too many years being overwhelmed by everything and letting my weight keep me from trying things I wanted to do. Life is too short to be scared and to live in a bubble. So, what are you waiting for? Get out there. Break out of your bubble! Try a new workout, go to Whole Foods, go on a run in a neighborhood where you love the homes, try yoga, go to a juice bar. Just do something besides staying in your bubble. I promise it will be worth it!
Grilled Salmon with Mango Salsa
4- Six ounce Salmon Filets
¼ Cup Cilantro
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 Jalapeno (small)
Juice of 1 Lime
2 Mangos, diced
½ Cup Red Onion, diced
1 tsp. Chili Powder
½ Red Pepper, diced
½ tsp Pepper
For Mango Salsa:
Stir together mangos, red peppers, onions, and jalapeno, and cilantro. Set aside until ready to use.
Stir together garlic powder, chili powder, salt and pepper. Rub mixture into salmon. Grill on each side for 6-8 minutes.
Squeeze lime juice over grilled salmon. Top with mango salsa. Enjoy!