Saturday, September 19, 2015

Whole 30 Day 15 - Thoughts on eating healthy on an ongoing basis

Hi all,
This is Rina. I have been working with Sophia for the past 6 months trying to spread the word about the wonderful Grass Fed Jerky Chews. I have been eating a pretty clean Paleo/Low Carb diet for the past few years, but still decided to jump right in and try the Whole 30. I'll be blogging daily about my experience for the next 30 days.

When I started writing this blog, I wanted to log in my daily intake. But after 2 weeks I realized that it's pretty boring as I eat pretty similar foods every day, especially breakfast is one or another variety of eggs and veggies.

So instead of listing my food choices for the day, which were pretty similar to yesterday, I will focus today on the social eating aspect. I believe that a big part of over eating and food choices come from our environment.

It can be challenging to keep making good food choices when you are constantly facing temptations. Over the years, I have been on different food templates and I was always able to follow some rules, but only for a limited time. Even after I lost some 60lbs and managed to stay away from everything but meal replacement food, low carb veggies and protein, I was sure I would never be tempted again. Boy, was I wrong. 

Even though I thought "nothing tastes as good as thin feels" when I was looking at that Tiramisu, ice cream, and even recently strawberries at the farmers market, my old brain kicked in. Excuses followed. It's only once, I have to live. I don't want to deprive myself. I will not gain weight from only one time.

But somehow, only one time, ends up in several one times. I lost track. It wasn't a complete disaster, I am still healthy and at healthy weight, but only because I didn't let it spiral down more and probably because I am already following a wholesome Paleo eating template.

So here's what I've learned. No excuses. There's no reward in food. I do not deserve a cake or ice cream. I do not choose it.

When I eat enough meat at my meal, I am full, happy and nothing tempts me. If I am looking at something I know isn't good for me and entertaining the though of having it, it means I didn't eat enough real food.

Here's a suggestion for some real food recipes that can help you at a social gathering. If you bring it with you to share, you will be able to eat something real, as probably all the other choices will not be so great. Or perhaps you're better off just eating a good hearty meal at home?

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