Eating Habits – I’m In A Rut!
I am going to jump right into this topic today because I have been wanting to talk about it for the last week!
It is definitely no secret that I love food. I talk about my eats a lot here on the blog but I havent gone into much depth about my actual eating habits in general.
Lately I feel I have been in a little bit of a rut or funk with my eating. I woke up this morning with a stomach ache (and once last week too) and frankly just feeling kind of blah overall in the last 2 weeks or so. I am a firm believer that the foods you include in your diet really have a huge effect on your body and how you feel on a day-to-day basis. Which all of you out there in the healthy living blogosphere are probably saying duh because that one is pretty much a foundation of health living. You would think that since I am a firm believer of this, I would fill my body with things that would make it a lot happier. Wouldnt that make sense?
Frankly, I am feeling a little ashamed of myself.
For starters I should probably clarify that I consider myself a healthy eater of “non health” foods. And when I say health foods I am referring to the fact that I do eat processed stuff, red meat, and multiple other things that may be considered “bad.” My number one motto is: moderation. Common sense tells me something is not that great for me (i.e. red meat, especially since I like mine rare) so I have it in moderation because if I am deprived, it will only back fire.
With that being said, I do feel I am following my motto, but it is going back to me feeling blah. I eat an abundance of fresh fruits and veggies despite the restrictions of my food allergies. And I eat a lot of lean proteins – a lot of fish and chicken. So why do I feel like my body is asking for better things? I think my definition of moderation needs to be adjusted a little, from meaning the “amount of something” to moderating what that something actually is. Remember the apple cake the other day? I didnt eat a lot of it, but then remember the chocolate cake later that day? Oh, and this for dinner last night.
Homemade burgers. So good, but I am almost positive it contributed to my stomach ache this morning and my overall lethargicness (word?) lately.
Again, feeling guilty because I hound Torrance quite a bit about his eating habits, granted his are completely different but he always has headaches and stomach aches and I am always telling him “well your body is punishing you for eating 18 cookies, pudding, a redbull and no lunch.”
I love reading about other people’s turning point at when they realized this or any real healthy revelation (I dont know why, I am just obsessed with hearing people’s stories)! I have recently found and been reading Girl Worth Weighting For‘s blog which she recently started to follow her weight loss journey and her overall revelations of how her new-found healthier living affects her in many aspects of her life. She talks about her recent found clean(er) eating and what a great effect it has had on her overall as well as her weight loss. I just love hearing and reading about that stuff!
My point? I truly feel that I am at a place that I need to slow down a little and pay more attention to what I am putting into my body. I am not sure if it is my age catching up with me? Or my body just needing more? Or maybe a mix of both (plus some)? Granted I can’t say this is necessarily a huge life changing revelation for me – but I need to revamp my eating habits to get out of this rut. I want to feel healthy. Not lethargic and blah.
Since I am a list kinda girl, some of the things I need to do to achieve this:
- Listen to when I am not hungry. When I am hungry I eat, but sometimes I eat when I’m not really that hungry just because it seems time to eat! I am usually always at leat a little hungry so eating when its time has never been a big deal, but lately there have been times I really havent felt hungry but still eat and I think this is due to me just eating at weird times and more in general.
- Slow down at dinner time. You know a lot of my dinner posts include “I was in a hurry so I just did this real quick…” Quick dinners are good, but sometimes for me that means more frozen or processed stuff.
- New recipes more frequently. I think everyone gets used to cooking the same meals week after week (or sometimes month after month). I am always finding new recipes but sometimes they sit for a while before I actually test them out.
- More salad. I love salad and used to make a lot more of them so I think I need to re-incorporate this into my life!
- Practice a little better self-control.
- Tracking. I am seriously considering going back to tracking what I eat daily. I used to do this religiously via an iPhone app (I prefer LoseIt!) I think the best benefits of this is it helps me realize just how much I am eating and it keeps track of nutrients like sodium that is easy to go overboard on.
It is time for me to get things back on track! I would really like to hear some stories in the comments today!
Have you always been a “healthy eater?” If not, when/what was your turning point of moment of revelation?
Do you ever get in eating ruts? What do yo do to get out of them?
Do you notice a significant difference in how you feel if you have a bad day (or week) of eating?