|Have your cake; eat it, more importantly.|
I do want to reiterate that I've fully enjoyed learning how to cook, bake, and shop for food again. There's no way, after TRFD, that I can go back to the days when I didn't look at the labels to read the ingredient listings. It's crazy to me that processed and pre-packaged foods are able to hide so many ingredients without there being more awareness about it (CRAZY). From simply taking the time to read such a small little thing has reinforced in me the enjoyment of just knowing what's going into my meal, and ultimately, my body. Additives in food, whether or not they're considered technically "toxic," are still hiding in there. For the record, I don't think that anyone who eats without reading a label is willfully ignorant; I simply think that food companies (especially big ones) are not in the habit of advertising all that because it's reeeally not user-friendly reading material. All in all, there's something to be said for making your food fresh - and my body can 100% feel that change. Coupled with it, I've learned that if you want to make something, you will find a way to do it, damnit. I've made vegan and gluten-free cakes, pretzels, breads, and more! If there's a will, there's a way. You just have to get a little creative, and do a bit more intensive research. Oh, and practice never hurt anyone. Well, maybe it has in the kitchen. But you get what I'm saying.
Socially and mentally, I feel like I'm in a much better place now than I was in January. I've started doing yoga regularly, sleeping without waking up in the middle of the night, and my anxiety levels are (strangely enough) waaay down. When I do go back to eating "normally," I've resolved that I'm going to be a lot more conscientious about continuing to keep that healthy balance of plants being a bigger part of my diet. Our bodies are only here on this earth for so long, so I want to make sure I'm taking care of mine in a way that allows it to age gracefully without the terror of fatal diseases hanging over my head. After all, when you start consuming food in a way that makes you feel clear, balanced, and good, why would you go back to eating anything else? Just needed to find a way to make that chocolate cake first. Obviously.