Ever since I took up triathlons (well maybe not the first year). I have found myself becoming more and more conscious of what I am eating. For example a few years ago when I went grocery shopping, I just bought things that I liked the taste of, and were convenient to cook. If I were out on the road, I would just stop at any fast food restaurant, any place that had things on the menu that I liked to eat. Now my food strategies are completely different.
For example, I analyse pretty much everything I eat. Making sure that it has the right protein to carb ratio, low in sugar, reasonably low in the wrong type of fat etc. And when I go grocery shopping I spend most of the time in the produce section, with brief visits to the dairy and butcher's counter. In fact I never venture into 80% of the grocery store. Sometimes I wonder, who buys the food from all these other sections? I have even gotten to the point where I have been writing online to female body builders asking advice on how to get more protein into my diet. And the most difficult part of it is, if I am out on the road, there are almost no options for fast food. It is too difficult to eat a salad while driving, and a lot of the other menu choices are too high in carbs, sugars, and overall calories (or too low in protein), to fit into my diet.
Sometimes I wonder, how is it in a country where food is so easily accessible, that I struggle so much to find something reasonable to eat (ie. that works for my diet). What is going on?