I remember when I first started my health journey. This differs from my body awareness journey because I can remember organizing my mom’s cabinets by fat gram content and trying every diet from Atkins to Slim Fast, but I don’t consider that healthy. My true health journey didn’t begin until after college. Right around graduation actually.
Banana and coffee. Green Monster. Egg scramble on a mini wheat bagel half.
It started with walking, then jogging attempts. It started with Lean Cuisines, then counting calories. I enjoy looking back because I can see how far I’ve come on my personal journey of healthy living and how much I’ve learned. Contrary to what some may think, I can honestly say I’ve never been more relaxed about food choices and exercise than I am now.
2.75 sweaty midday miles accomplished with thanks to Kilo Ali radio (not child appropriate)
I used to eat by certain rules. IE: Lunch must have less than ___ number of fat grams. Must eat only ____ calories each day. Must burn ____ number of calories on the elliptical and I won’t stop until I do. Then, I must make sure dinner does not exceed calories burned by the oh-so-accurate (insert eye roll) calories burned feature on the machine. Disordered eating? Maybe, but I just figured it was a girl thing.
For someone who is self-proclaimed math-challenged, I sure made myself mess with a lot of numbers.
As I progressed I began to follow more simple “rules”; Michael Pollan’s rules. Eat food (REAL food, not processed package garbage). Not too much (listen to when my body says I’m full). Mostly plants (bring on the veggies).
Leftover roasted chicken on sourdough with spinach, ranch and Texas Pete. Carrots and hummus on the side.
I also learned flexibility. As you can see from what I eat- I’m not a perfect and strict eater. I really enjoy martinis, hot wings, pizza. But now I don’t try to calculate how many calories might be in these (PS- just try and enjoy hot wings and bleu cheese after you google their calorie content because I can assure you, it’s impossible).
Snack. Roasted sweet potato sticks, shared with Hailey.
I’m not sure what the point of this post really is. Maybe to just share with you how I view healthy eating. Sometimes on WIAW’s (Thanks, JENN for hosting!) I feel like you only get a snapshot (literally and figuratively) of what my eating habits are like, and today I wanted to elaborate.
Homemade chicken salad on spinach with roasted red pepper and tomato soup. Sourdough with pepper jack.
And for the record, I have nothing against counting calories. I think it’s an awesome tool to help get you back on track. In fact, 411fit has really helped me see where I need to make improvements from time to time. But as my everyday way of living, I focus on eating whole foods… when I’m hungry. It’s really that simple.
What’s your food philosophy?