I asked her this question in 1997 and remained puzzled by her answer for more than a decade. What kind of food? I never told her where we were going to eat (as it hadn't yet been decided), so how could she respond with "I don't eat that kind of food?"
I now realize that the only "food options" available at the time were a range of fast-food restaurants, which she most likely did not consider "food" or "options" at all.
This morning her words came back to me as I headed out the door. Then I thought about the food options I would be facing today, if I chose not to be prepared. Did I really want to "fuel" my body with "food products" instead of "real food?"
So, I turned around...and reminded myself that an ounce of preparation could make a very big difference in my day. Here's what I prepared in 10 minutes or less:
--Smoothie (organic strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, banana, and flaxseed)
--Celery (with almond butter)
--Butternut Squash Soup (not raw, but organic)
--Salad (romaine lettuce, spinach, avocado, tomatoes, sunflower seeds, and olive oil)
--Not-quite-Georgian Snickers (assembly required)
Threw the creations in my bag (lined to keep products cool) and headed out the door for a second time.
The result - a day of feeling good about what I ate, how I am taking care of my body, and a follow-up yoga session to boot!!
Also, a chuckle to myself at how much difference a decade - or a day - can make.