My stomach says “STOP!”

Lips and Tongue GraphicSeriously. My stomach is screaming out in protest. I’ve been eating out the past few weeks far more often than I care to admit, and though my choices weren’t the worst, they definitely were not the best. Combine poor eating with loads of stress, and it has left my poor tummy feeling like someone has reached in and braided my intestines, deflated my stomach and drained my liver and kidneys of life-sustaining water. I. am. hurting.

I find it quite disturbing that I have to hit rock bottom to turn things around. It’s no secret that eating a diet filled with fresh fruits and veggies, fresh eggs, raw nuts, whole grains like quinoa & brown rice and organically fed chicken and small amounts of beef can keep a person healthy. Like, duh. So why do I sabotage myself? Why do I eat wheat when I know I’ll be crying out about it later? Why do I drink more than one glass of wine more than twice a week? (I’m rather embarrassed to admit that I can drain a bottle of Vino Verde and then look at the empty container wondering how that happened…?)

It’s not as if it’s hard to cook well. Really, ¬†scrambling up an egg and stir-frying some eggplant will do wonders for my energy level and digestive system. It’s not difficult. Pinterest is chock full of Paleo, vegetarian and healthy meals that activate my taste buds to the point where I’m having to clorox wipe the drool off my keyboard. I think my problem isn’t that I can’t cook. I think my problem is that I’m not an organized cook.

Therein lies the rub. I’m not an organized cook. I have, thus far, failed in planning my meals and therefore find lunch time, dinner time and snack times to be miserable, blank-stare generating experiences that makes me want to run to Panda Express. or Kerby Lane. Or P. Terry’s. Or BurgerFi. (but I digress…)

My question to you, dear readers, is one of organization. Do you spend Sundays planning your meals? Do you have a schedule, a method to your meal madness? Please share below. I’m interested in hearing what works for you.

For now, though, I feel so horrible that I must change things immediately. When I start to feel good again, I must not go back to the way I was. And that’s always the hardest part, right?