Though I’ve been toying with dieting over the past week and a half or so, I’ve decided that I instead remain faithful to my philosophy that simply living a healthy lifestyle is the way to go for me. I’m not going to “diet” anymore. I’ll reach my goals in the way that I think is healthy, even if it will take longer.
I don’t regret that I’ve spent the majority of the past two weeks avoiding carbohydrates from grains, most sugar, and all alcohol. Frankly, I think it helped to point out the weaknesses in my healthy-but-not-entirely-so lifestyle, and that’s important because I’ll be able to address them in moving forward.
Firstly, as I said in my resolutions, I tend to have a habit of snacking too much. I often grab handfuls of things here and there. However, having just about everything of which I generally grab handfuls become off-limits over the past two weeks was a great help in breaking that habit.
Secondly, I’ve discovered that I really do need grains in my diet, especially around when I work out, but that I don’t generally need grains late afternoon – on. I think it will be good for me to reintroduce grains at breakfast but to continue to avoid them for the rest of the day and especially at night (in general but not entirely, as I really do resent inflexibility in my diet).
Thirdly, I honestly do notice that too much sugar makes me feel icky. I do feel better, in general, when I avoid it. However, that definitely doesn’t mean I’m cutting it altogether! I just want to watch my intake. So, you know, I’ll taste test one of the cookies I bake, not two plus all the dough I sampled. 😉
Fourthly and finally, I think I will continue to avoid alcohol for a little while. It’s kind of nice to detox for a bit, especially after the holidays.
I hope you guys don’t mind all of the back-and-forth as I figure out what works for me.
I’ve already started my return to my own lifestyle, and it feels good!
I went out to dinner at a restaurant called Good Earth with my friend Andrew last night, where I actually ate the (awesome) brown rice that came with my vegetable curry. I also agreed to go out for frozen yogurt afterward. I had just a little bit, but it was enough to satisfy my sweet tooth without feeling like I’d gone at all overboard.
You’re supposed to enjoy your life, you know what I mean? That’s why I believe in balance.
And, well, I barely had any grains to work with this morning, but I made a solid effort.
Into the mix went:
- 3 ice cubes
- big handful fresh baby spinach
- 1 scoop Greens & Whey
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- heaping tbs 2% greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup frozen mango
- 1/2 banana
- 1 wedge pineapple
- coconut butter + coconut oil drizzle
- raw oats (an idea I got from Caitlin)
It was different, but it worked!
Thank goodness I’ve realized that grains are a staple in my diet (by which I mean the food I eat, not a set of rules!). What are some staples in your daily eats?