First there was Whole30. Then there was Zone. Then there was Whole30 again, and finally, a botched attempt at the 21-Day Sugar Detox. I tried, really tried, to get that darn detox off the ground, but it just wouldn’t take. So I decided not to push it, and maybe try again in the fall or winter when fresh watermelon and the ripest farmer’s market strawberries ever weren’t constantly appearing in my life.
But right now, I am not “doing” anything. I’m just eating. Kind of a lot of eating. I eat mostly paleo, but I also try not to be too stressed about it. I am focusing on eating whole foods that make me feel good, that don’t make me bloated or sleepy or give me heartburn. And for this kid who comes from a background of belching, pancake comas, and acid reflux, it is a pretty big triumph to be able to finally know how to feel good about (almost) everything I’m eating.
And, it seems to be working!
When I stopped zoning, I was pretty nervous that I would gain back all of the body fat I had lost. I also have found that it is hard for me to “casually” eat Paleo–it seems that it can be either all or nothing. However, though I haven’t re-tested by body fat since January, I have luckily been able to keep the momentum going this time without being too strict about weighing and measuring. Occasionally I will pull out the food scale just to re-calibrate my brain, but really for the most part I’ve found that just keeping the mentality of having protein, carbs, and fat EVERY single time I eat has been huge for helping make my body look the way I want it to. Am I trying to be skinny? No. Do I like being lean? Yes I do. But trying to get and stay lean is my own personal goal. I know that because I have a very petite frame, I have a better chance of looking like Christmas Abbott than Lindsey Valenzuela, and I’m learning to embrace my body type. There are a lot of women out there (including some of my fellow bloggers!) who find that their health goals are best supported by eating high volumes of food. Sometimes, I wish I was one of them… but I’m finding more and more that my body just cannot sustain that amount of intake. And that’s ok.
And of course, there is the occasional chunk of chocolate coconut bark or the probably-should-be-a-little-less-occasional pork belly tacos. And that’s ok, too.
So, here’s a snapshot of the way I’ve been eating lately.
Breakfast: (eaten at about 8am) 1-2 hardboiled eggs + a slice of bacon + 1 apple with almond butter or a small protein smoothie made with banana, almond milk, almond butter, and vanilla protein powder.
Lunch: (eaten at about 11:30am) 1 whole roasted chicken leg + 4ish leaves of kale sautéed in butter
Snack: (eaten at about 2pm) A few handfuls of tortilla chips or cashews + a can of tuna tossed in mayo with 1/4 diced cucumber mixed in
Snack #2: (eaten at about 6pm) 1-2 oz. of cheese, 1-2 slices of turkey deli meat, a few handfuls of baby carrots
WOD @ 7pm
Dinner: (eaten at about 8pm) About 1 cup of pulled pork or 1 filet of grilled fish or about 1/2 cup of ground bison + 1-2 cups of steamed broccoli or brussel sprouts + 1 apple with almond butter or some berries
Looking back over it, that actually looks like kind of a lot of food!
Do you find that you have to be All-or-Nothing when it comes to your diet? How do you find a happy medium?
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