About my diet.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

I want to clear up a few things about my diet.

First things first, I am not on a diet. When I try to say "I won't eat ___" I end up wanting whatever it is I am giving up all the time. Pretty sure that's the case for everyone. This is a lifestyle. I know it may seem extreme to some, but it does not feel that way to me. Now that I am following this plan, I have more energy and I feel great. I am also convinced that the Kombucha has helped with my energy. I was able to go to the gym at 9:30 tonight! I had been so tired, but now that I have been doing this for a little while, have a lot more energy.

This is not about depriving yourself of food. It is about nourishing your body with the right food. If I want something with sugar I'll have some fruit and that usually does the trick for me. I am not avoiding any natural sources of carbs or sugars. I am avoiding the processed ones. Eating something with corn syrup or modified _____ is not good for you. Look up the diets of any trainer or nutritionist out there. The majority {for the most part} will tell you the same thing. This does not mean you cannot indulge. When I eat out, I do often make healthy choices but will treat myself. Trust me -- I enjoy my life.

We were not designed to eat all the processed junk that most Americans consume on a daily basis. I fell victim to that when I tried W*eight Wa*tchers, and realized that fueling my body with processed crap is not the way to go. This is what works for me, so I wanted to share that with all of you.

Do I think all this processed food causes lots of health problems? Absolutely.
Do I think about this all the time and live in constant fear? Absolutely not.

I just enjoy eating real, pure, healthy food. And if I really want pinkberry, french fries, or another treat, I will go for it. Anything in moderation does not work for me, because I do not want to put "anything" into my body. I feel so good when I put pure, natural, real things into my body. I work out more, sleep better, wake up feeling refreshed, and feel energized throughout the day.

I have always been a pretty healthy eater, and have never been underweight or had an eating disorder. I like food way too much to end up with an eating disorder. When I was a vegetarian, I did not lose any weight. I attribute that to all the processed vegetarian meals that I ate. If I go back to being a vegetarian {and I think about that all the time} I will make my meals as opposed to buying frozen ones. I will continue to have Dr. Praeger's veggie burgers, because they are 100% natural. I love them.

I eat carbs. You need them to have energy!!! I get most of my carbs through my Kashi bars, Kashi oatmeal, or Milton's bread. The natural sugar in an apple or some strawberries will also give you a little boost. I have a daily multivitamin, iron supplement, and a vitamin for my eyes {recommended by my eye doctor}. I forget to take them half the time, which is why I said I have them, and not I take them.

Unless I am splurging on a latte or Pinkberry, I do not consume dairy. As I said in my first diet post, sources are split on this. I happen to believe that it's very strange that we consume milk that was intended for baby cows. I don't think it will kill you, and I do not fear it. I know that our bodies do not digest milk very well. Sure, I will have the occasional treat, but dairy is not a part of my everyday life. I do not think you need it. Calcium supplements and other sources of calcium will do the trick. This article gives you a basic run down on how our bodies process dairy. This one is pretty good, too.

I fall toward the higher end of the average weight of a person who is 5'5'' with a small bone structure. But I do not need to lose weight. I could definitely lose a few pounds of flab though, and I'd like to. I changed my lifestyle because I want to look and feel better. I am working out to be healthy, and want to tone up because I want to have muscle tone and lose the flab. I am really excited to finally be in great shape. I have never felt better!

If you have any questions for me, please do not hesitate to ask.

6 comments

  1. What do you think about Protein-Shakes (after workout or so)?

    Sarah

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  2. Danielle! We have so much in common!! I am going to go read all the articles that you linked to in a second, but I wanted to leave a comment first. I have just come to realize all of this in the last year. I started having major health problems a couple years ago and finally found out that most (except for one) was related to my system being inflamed bc of all the bad food I was eating! I discovered that I have a very mild dairy allergy along w/ a few other things and that all sugars except natural ones were making me nauseated and lethargic! It's crazy that more people aren't aware of how horrible processed food is for us! I'm going to read the links and then maybe shoot you an email to talk recipes!! I need some! :P

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  3. I think post workout protein shakes are great!

    I usually have one every day, whether or not I workout. On days when I work out, I will usually have it after my workout.

    I like Designer Whey (vanilla). I posted about it in my first diet post.

    Hope that helps!

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  4. This is great, I think we have very similar eating habits. I also rarely drink milk because it makes my skin break out. Weird, I know, but it's so true. :)

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  5. I tried Mango Kombucha the other day, now I'm hooked!!

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  6. Good for you, I completely agree with you and eat very much like you. Not at all for being slim as I am slim naturally just for over all health. A personal choice and a wise one I might add!!
    Best to you!

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