Why Healthy Food is an Investment in Yourself
Growing up we’re often told the adage “you are what you eat.” Which is why when I first began using Milk & Eggs I must have been 15LBs of Doritos and chinese take-out. I look back at this time and mark it through my depression, my sluggish energy levels, and overall pissed-off disposition from my broken out skin. In a cycle, I was stuck feeling overwhelmed by going to the grocery store so I would resort to ordering in food-- then I would feel disappointed in myself for my food choices and my body, and it would begin again.
I had allowed my life to spiral, where I was trapped in a loop of destructive behaviors that robbed my body of nutrients it needed to be a productive member of society. In short, I wasn’t taking care of myself and putting the right fuel into me.
Although Milk & Eggs wasn’t the cure for my depression it eliminated one of the first things keeping me back from investing in myself: actually getting up and going to the grocery store. The task had always seemed daunting to me, when in reality it would have been an act of self-care. I decided to order myself a Farmer’s Sampler Pack along with some other healthy options on a particularly bad day because the idea of having to get into my car, battle LA traffic, and sit in line.
Usually, when I buy fresh produce at the grocery store I would convince myself that they could still be fresh in a few days, and continuously put off using them. This time, when that yellow bag appeared on my doorstep, I was determined to not only use all the vegetables but to cook them into delicious and nutritious meals. For me, investing in healthy food meant I was going to try and reinvest in myself and my happiness.
Surprisingly, the transition was easier than I had expected. Although it was difficult to fight my urge to pick up my phone and order pizza on the days that were tough, I found it cathartic to cook for myself. Using all the fresh ingredients I had received, I made quinoa bowls, tuna salads, and steak & asparagus all in the course of a week (which, admittedly, is more cooking than I had done in months). Knowing I was putting fresh and locally-sourced food into my body reminded myself that I was worth taking care of in all aspects.
Although I was cooking and feeling better physically, other aspects of my life were getting slightly easier as well. I found that I was able to sleep better, and was remembering little details such as drinking enough water each day. In a way, deciding to cook for myself reminded me that I was squandering some of my health and joy just by neglecting my body and what I was fueling it with.
When I was done with my entire order, I felt accomplished. Not only had I achieved something I personally wanted to accomplish in the short-term, I had kick-started something that I will continue to carry for the rest of 2018: the knowledge that healthy meals are possible, even when you feel like its too much of a hassle to step out into the world.
Although I consciously know that a food delivery service can’t cure depression or instantly make you a better person, I do know that Milk & Eggs gave me a solution to a problem that seemed like a mountain at the time. When a service allows you to be easier on yourself in a time where nothing needs to be complicated.
At the end of the day, Milk & Eggs empowered me to believe in myself and my abilities to care for myself. The old adage is, you can’t love others until you love yourself-- well the same could be said for your relationship with your body-- you can’t love each other until you realize you’re worth the effort and nourishment. The better you put into your body, the better you feel, and a direct result of this is that you end up feeling better about yourself.
Source: Shawn Binder