This What I Ate post is less about the food and more about the journey. #lifeafterwhole30 has been an interesting one to say the least. In this post, the truth comes out, but only the parts that I’m willing to talk about. The good news: there’s some pretty pictures. The bad news: there’s probably still more to the story.
Last year I did a Whole30 in January and continued many of the same healthy habits all the way through October. I would call my post whole30 eating “paleoish” even until now although it’s definitely varied in it’s level of strictness. In the first 6 or so months I stayed really close to Whole30 with the exception of wine on the weekend and maybe a little oatmeal here and there, I lost 5 or so pounds and was the smallest I’d ever been. I had a great relationship with food and was happy with the way I looked and felt, but there was one thing missing.
I’m not going to get into the details of why I decided to gain a little weight, but I’m sure you can guess the obvious reasons. 6 months may sound like a long, gradual time to lose 5 lbs, but everyone’s body is different and with that and my running, mine just wasn’t having it.
In gaining weight I continued to eat “paleoish” as far as my cooking, but I ate whatever everyone else was eating (or dinking) in social situations and I enjoyed anything and everything for snack and dessert.
I think I intended for it to be a little more controlled, but the holidays came and went and it turns out, I’m actually really good at gaining weight. I think a lot of the gain happened from my lifestyle. It came in a time when I was blogging every night and exercising less. In my last job, I also had the flexibility to come home for lunch, where portion control and “paleoish” kind went to shit. Lunch time became a free for all, which later translated to dinner, which translated to err.. maybe 7 lbs if I’m being nice to myself.
The important thing is that I’m not upset about it. I’m not “disgusted” by my body. Running is less pleasant because like it or not, extra weight slows you down, but it’s not stopping me from running or being happy about my small accomplishments. I’m ready to feel healthier again, crave sugar less, and hopefully proceed with my dream running PR’s eventually. I’m not placing any numbers, time frames, or rules on myself, but I do enjoy eating healthy and focussing on food that fuels my body in a more ideal way than champagne and cupcakes.
These past couple of weeks, I’ve been practicing what I preach and it’s honestly been incredibly easy. My new job has already been a huge blessing. Now I pack my lunch and am so busy all day that I take time to enjoy everything in my cute little cooler and then am 100% satisfied for the rest of the work day. I get home and am okay to run before making dinner and by that time, I’m more focussed on bed than overindulging.
I feel the most balanced that I ever have since college (okay, so college wasn’t balanced but at least it felt like it). I finally am at a place where I’m eating healthy, not feeling deprived, can still go out and eat what my friends are eating, but am less likely to over indulge.
As you’ll see in the pictures below of a full day of my work eats, it’s not like I’m restricting myself in any way. I make sure to eat plenty because I’m also running around 40-50 miles a week and if I were to lose any weight, I know how sensitive my body is and it absolutely has to be painfully slow and gradual.
Breakfast has been the same everyday for over a year. Lolz it doesn’t make for great instagram variety, but holy mother is it delicious. Yesterday I did a mix of purple and orange sweet potatoes with shredded brussels, broccoli, asparagus, and of course red onion. Don’t ask me why they are in separate bowls (#fortheinsta), but I can assure you I ate both.
This is a recycled picture because if I took the picture at work it’d be in a baggie in front of my keyboard (don’t have work friends to eat with yet, but I’ll keep ya posted). I’ve been obsessing over either blueberries with unsweetened shredded coconut flakes or blueberries with Blissful Bites paleo granola and cashew butter. I had a snack yesterday because I ran and worked out Monday night, which left me very hungry, but most days I’m too busy to even notice I’m hungry before lunch and might eat my snack for dessert.
Also a recycled lunch picture, but they are always the same. I do a kale and/or arugula salad with half avocado, turkey (or chicken or tuna), mini peppers, beets, cheery tomatoes, and no dressing (why would I want to mask such yummy flavors?) plus two sides of veggies.
Oh my lanta dinner was good last night. I love eating purple food because I read they are higher in antioxidants than most green veggies and it’s just really pretty. I had some purple cauliflower and cabbage in the fridge so I roasted the cabbage in ghee, salt, pepper, and lemon juice and made some cauli rice to go with my Aidell’s Chicken and Apple Sausage. For dessert I ate a pear with Essentially Coconut Creamy Cashew Butter and some camomile tea.
Sorry if I was a little vague, but it’s funny how you can feel really comfortable talking about some personal things and not the others. Obviously I’m warming up to it, but there’s still a lot to be said. I did this because I think it’s really important for me to mention the struggled and not just the successes. Weight is definitely easier to talk about when you’re down rather than up and I think that’s just called being human.
What have you been snacking on lately?
What do you like in your salad?
Are you steady with your healthy eating or does it go in phases?