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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!

"Reunited and it feels so good!...."

 

 

  • Practice a little better self-control.
    Exhibit A
  •  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!

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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?

 

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  1. What a lovely shoutout! I love finding people who think like me when it comes to food. I feel like the fresh, non-processed foodies are hard to come by. It’s funny that you were talking about being in a rush because I was making my breakfast this morning (and I’m actually working on a post about breakfast in general right now) and was just thinking how hard this is. Don’t get me wrong…I love grocery shopping, and chopping, and cooking. But it takes so much more effort and time. I have to constantly be thinking about what my next meal is going to be or it doesn’t get done. And I end up in the Chick-fil-A drive thru. 🙂 I know it’s worth it though.

    Thanks for always being so sweet and encouraging.

    August 31, 2011
    • I think your right, I used to plan ahead waaaaaay better and can definitely see the difference now that I have just been “wingin it”

      And of course, love reading your blog so I figured I would share!

      August 31, 2011
  2. sarahsmodernbites #

    Andrea- I think you have a great attitude about your eating habits! The first and most important step is being aware of what and how you want to change.

    About a bazillion years ago when I first started college (that’s how long ago it feels ah!!), I had the most gawd awful diet hahaha I mean I seriously lived off massive bagels with tons and tons of cream cheese in the morning, steak and cheese subs or piles of baked mac and cheese from the resident caf for lunch… pizza for dinner, soft serve ice cream for sure… my diet was all over the place. I wasn’t ‘fat’ but I was definitely unhealthy and 100% not toned or fit. I don’t think I had ever run a whole mile in my life. But being a singer, it was important for me to be healthy and in shape. I never really thought about where my food came from or what was in it. I rarely read labels and just accepted my state even though I was not happy with my body or health.

    Sophomore year I COMPLETELY changed. I had friends that were into ‘natural’ foods and I was immediately hooked. I started reading about nutrition and paid attention to what was IN my food. I started cooking more, walking and noticed a huge difference. I became a vegetarian and stuck with it for years but have been eating meat again for about 4-5 years now. I did not really thrive on a veg diet but all-in-all… just sticking to a natural diet and being AWARE of what I was putting into my body changed my world for sure.

    My boyfriend sometimes argues about how he doesn’t really care about the ingredients or quality of ingredients because he is healthy and fit. Though I try to explain that eating good now nurtures your FUTURE self, ya know?

    I am grateful I made the change when I did because who knows what shape I would be in now. Yikes!

    When I get in a ‘food rut’ I get my boyfriend to suggest a few meals and I try to put a creative Sarah and healthy spin on whatever he craves… always works! 🙂

    That burger does look pretty amazing…. maybe next time have the burger on a whole wheat bun with a side of veggies, a salad, or kale chips, baked potato chips, or oven roasted fries. I think that hamburgers can 100% be a part of a healthy diet! 😀

    August 31, 2011
    • Aw thank you so much Sarah, and Im glad you shared your story with me because I always love to hear them because it seems everyone comes about this (or another similar) realization a little differently.

      I think I realized this a while ago but honestly had a half ass attempt to eat better, haha.That is probably the best way I can explain it. The last few months have been sort of slipping away from me as far as my eating habits go but I think I just need to clean up a little around the edges. And I love roasted kale I just need to re-encorporate and rejuvinate my at home menu selections a little I think!

      August 31, 2011

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