Am I the only one who unconsciously ate way too much Halloween candy this past month? One day in my office, I swear I ate over 30 midget Tootsie Rolls without even blinking an eye and really without even realizing it until I was packing up to go home and I saw all the wrappers in my trash can. I felt a heavy sense of embarrassment and even took some wrappers out of the trash can and put them in a different trash can. Totally pathetic-right? How did that happen? What was happening that I could unconsciously do that?
In making the switch to a healthier lifestyle in practice and in eating over 3 years ago, I have gone through so many different ways of eating. I have counted calories and Macros using My Fitness Pal, I have tried eating Paleo, I have done a few rounds of Whole 30, I have done meal replacements using Herbalife products and I have ‘eating clean’. In looking back at all the ways I have changed my eating over the past 3 years, I am thankful that each of these different ways of eating has helped me to get to the healthier and fit Tamieka. I have no regrets about the choices I made in my eating. Each of these served their purpose for me at one time or another during my healthy lifestyle transition.
I am also thankful for the lessons that I have learned about myself and my eating habits and patterns during these past three years as well. When I decide to do something, as long as I have the structure and what I need to be successful….I go all in. Funny story, during one half marathon training, I was doing the whole 30 (all whole foods, no processed foods and no sugars/sweeteners), I had done well during training and felt confident for the race. Well, the race was tougher than I thought it would be and my body was over taxed and I got dehydrated. At the end of the race, I was delirious and cramping in every part of my body. I needed electrolytes and nutrients but WOULD NOT consume any of the packaged items, Gatorade, etc because it was not Whole 30 compliant. I just about killed myself that day but didn’t break my 30 days-lol!!! I can laugh about it now, but it really wasn’t funny at the time.
I have also learned that deprivation ways of eating does not work for me. I can do it in short stints but it is not sustainable for me and so therefore not a practice that I choose to follow any longer. My only deprivation that I will do is during Lent. Each year I do give up something (usually sweets) and for my faith, I will make that sacrifice.
So where does that leave me? As of today, for me, I am choosing to be a conscious eater. What that means to me is choosing foods that will nourish my body and support my active lifestyle on a regular basis.
-consciously choose to cook my own meals (most of the time);
-consciously chose to eat more fruits and vegetables from the earth;
-consciously choose to drink mostly water to hydrate my body;
-consciously choose to limit my processed food intake;
-consciously choose to enjoy sweets in moderation.
I know that what I put into my body makes a difference in how my body operates functions and responds and I will consciously choose to eat to support me having the healthiest body that I can.
What are your eating habits? Have you followed a particular way of eating that has been successful or not successful for you?
Today’s optional theme was Books to engage your mind and energize your spirit (clearly I need to do more functional reading because I had nothing to contribute on this front-lol!)
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