This is the question I have gotten most often in the past 50 days: “what are you eating? what are you doing?” Which is kind of a weird question but it’s also the question everyone asks when you make a change to your lifestyle. The snarky part of me wants to be like, “I’m eating” because I am. And I’m feeling full which I never really expected when I switched the way I eat.
Here’s the thing about eating that’s complicated and has always been the struggle for me: I completely believe that you can be addicted to food, that you can especially be addicted to carbs and sugar, that you can use food as a crutch to put all your happiness and sadness and darkness and everything into. But unlike drugs or alcohol, you need food to stay alive. So it’s so messed up and hard to be addicted to and have a dysfunctional relationship with this thing that you actually need to stay alive. This is why I truly believe things like diets do not work because it’s not about setting up a meal plan, it’s about figuring out a) why you eat (as in what triggers your overeating) and b) what makes your body feel good.
I’m no expert but I have been reading a lot about nutrition and health since July and I have had help from my dietitian. It’s funny because I have figured out more about what to eat through my own research than I have from Caroline, my dietitian. Caroline has helped me sort through my feelings about food and the root issues I have from my childhood and my family in how I deal with food and the ways I use food as a coping mechanism. The internet and books (hello Wahls Protocol) and friends with lots of knowledge have helped me with what to eat. I hate to label things but I guess you could say the way I eat is “almost paleo.”
Here’s what I considered when trying to plan out how I eat:
• I can’t have gluten because of my autoimmune/gut issues
• I can’t have large amounts of dairy because of gut stuff and congestion
• I need to cut out sugar and carbs because of early signs of insulin resistance
• Protein is my happy place because hi fullness
So almost paleo is the way of life that has been working for me. In a real sense, this means meat, fruit, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and a teensy bit of dairy. If you’re thinking about macros, I have more protein and fat than I do carbs. This was very weird for me at first because I quickly realized that my old diet was essentially just carbs and sugar. I wish I was kidding. Pizza, pasta, starchy vegetables, bread, bread, bread. Like, I do not understand how I lived that way considering how fucking terrible I felt. That has been such a revelation for me: that I can feel so good and so energetic. I used to think the people with healthy lifestyles who said things like that had secret coke habits but no, man, I feel fucking great.
Anyways, here’s Wonderwall. (But actually what a normal day of eating looks like for me):
Vega One Coconut Almond smoothie with almond milk, berries, greens supplement (this is also when I take my fish oil and all the other supplemental goodies) and a hardboiled egg
A cup of blueberries and a handful of cashews
Paleo bowl of some sort, for example, this week it’s paleo orange chicken with cauliflower rice and veggies
Fruit and veggies stocked up for the week! There is something so satisfying about doing the weekly food shop, making positive food choices and setting yourself up for a week full of colourful and nutritious foods. #naturopathy #nutrition #nutritionist #food #cleaneating #cleanse #fruithaul #rawvegansofig #rawvegan #whatveganseat #801010 #vegansofaustralia #gofruityourself #foodshare #fullyraw #veganfoodporn #instafood