That’s right you heard me – eating more!
Whenever I’ve been on a d….d….healthy eating plan, the thing I’ve noticed most is just how much you are compelled to eat. Last time I did Weight Watchers, I actually struggled to eat the sheer amount of food that made up my points, and so eat more regularly throughout the day. Now, the last sentence was a bit of a giveaway, I am a serial d…d…I’m often trying to lose weight. Despite working very hard to be comfortable with myself; who I am, how I look, the size and weight I am, I do concede that I am currently heavier than I would like to be.
The galling thing is I know my problems like the back of my hand, the difficulty is with actual positive action. I didn’t want to jump on the New Years Resolution bandwagon, and have watched the supermarkets shift from luxury Christmas food to lean calorie free/taste free pre-packaged heavily processed food with scorn. Nevertheless, I believe I need to do something sooner rather than later, so here’s step one – identify the problem.
- I don’t eat enough
- I don’t start eating till late, and often don’t eat set ‘meals’. Though grazing can be a good thing, it takes a pretty committed healthy eater to make it work.
- I don’t eat the right things. I love veggies. I love home cooked meals. One of the side-effects of a lifetime (30 odd years) of low self-esteem is that my brain tells me that I’m ‘not good enough’ to nurture. When it comes to others, I won’t let a mealtime pass without every single adult and child in the house being well fed – but I don’t lavish the same care and attention on myself.
- Lack of energy begets lack of energy. I tend to be low on energy due to the plethora of disabilities and chronic illnesses my body carts about. This means I go for something quick, rather than something nutritious. Now, I understand that the two are not mutually exclusive, but in my effort to just get myself to eat something, I haven’t yet graduated to quick, simple and nutritious foods. This is my worst sticking point, and the one I really want to address one meal at a time.
But it’s not all bad – I’ve got quite a few things going for me:
- I have a good understanding of better nutrition
- I’m actually a good cook
- I drink plenty of water
- I don’t drink alcohol or smoke
- I love my veggies
- I’m open to new foods and combinations
And I’ve done it before – so I know I can do it – ‘it’ being attaining and maintaining a good weight for me. Now, I don’t buy into stereotypes of what is healthy, and I will never be, nor would I even want to be Victoria Beckham thin. When I met my fiancee 2 years ago, I was a 14-16 dress size, and I wore it well. After 2 years of meals out and sneaky take-aways, I’m now more of an 18-20.
But more than my measurements, I really believe in healing from the inside out. I know what you put in your body effects your energy and wellbeing. Eating better can have such a profound effect one ones health, I would be nutty not to buy into that. My one constant, drinking alot of water, is something that makes me feel good. More than that though, if I don’t drink enough I get headaches, feel more fatigued than usual, and my digestive system doesn’t function as well. That’s just for a start.
I have gleaned some wonderful inspiration from some other bloggers who have the whole healthy eating thing far more in hand than I do. For this post, I’d like for you guys to feed me! Feed me ideas that is. What can I do and where to I start in my lifestyle overhaul? If anyone wants to add, ‘just stop eating fatty’, please feel free but know that it it water off a ducks back. I would however love to hear from wonderful people who would like to help me spring into….the grey drizzly January that we have, and make my kitchen a more colourful place to be.