I’m going to add a page here where I can log all of my meals. It is mainly for my benefit, because I want to be able to document the positive changes that have been happening to me since I completely changed my outlook on food.
Letting go of all restrictions and negative thoughts where food is concerned is something I wish I would have done a long time ago. In the weeks that I’ve been doing this, I have dropped pounds and inches. I have increased my max weights on all exercises. This after months of being very strict about what I would and wouldn’t eat but still stuck at a plateau. I think the biggest thing is that my energy and peace of mind are awesome. I would have argued before that my energy level was great, and it was, but it is even better now and the fact that I’m getting some amazing and restful sleep at night is an added bonus which I correlate directly to that peace of mind I mentioned above. Stress levels are down big time, too.
I want to document my food for a couple of reasons. First, I’m seeing awesome changes in my body, which quite honestly, at almost 40 years old, amazes me. I have been eating things that I haven’t eaten in years. I will asterisk that comment by saying that I’m still eating what most would consider a healthy diet for the majority of my eating, but with no limitations on anything. If I want it, I eat it. Second, I sometimes lack the desire to sit and think about what to plan for our meals every week. This will allow me to just look and plug something in when I’m low on imagination and time.
My breakfast is always the same if we are eating at home. I eat it every single day and it’s my favorite meal of the day. It’s very basic. An egg on whole grain toast with a slice of whatever cheese we have on hand and a small glass of orange juice. I don’t know why, but I love this in the morning and it has everything I need to power through the morning which is my busiest part of the day. So when logging my breakfasts, I will just put “the usual” or something. The only time my breakfast varies is when we are staying in a hotel for one of our girls’ tournaments. Then I’ll choose something from the hotel breakfast and I’ll make note of that in my log.
WATER. Oh water. I drink a gallon to a gallon and a half of water. Every. Day. And I spend most of my life peeing. But the importance of water is huge. And I will probably do a separate post for it, because it’s just that important. But for now, suffice it to say that you should be drinking more water.
The other thing I wish to mention is that I’m not trying to convince anyone to do what I’m doing. I encourage everyone to find what works for them. I’m doing this because it works for me. I’m doing it because I like it. Stressing out over food is just simply something that I’m no longer willing to do at this point in my life. If I have to do extensive research and spend tons of time trying to figure out what I can and can’t eat, I’m out. Simple as that. I do buy organic whenever possible and I do eat healthy foods the majority of the time. I won’t change those things because I like those things.
If I had this to do all over again, I would still do it the way I have. Mainly because forcing myself to eat vegetables that I never would have touched otherwise has brought me to love almost all of them. And I am a firm believer in the power of veggies! Had I not been so strict in the beginning of this journey, I would never have gotten to this point, which I consider to be the best place for me. At this point in my life I am stronger than I’ve ever been and I feel better than I ever have.
So, having said all of that, I’ll soon be posting to my food log page. :)