If this is your first time stopping by this series, you might want to catch up with Part 1 and Part 2. This is the final post in this series – for those of you who’ve had the courage to share your experience, thank you! It’s so hard to be open and honest when it comes to our weight because the world we live in judges us by our outward appearance.
I’ve lived in a fat body and a thin body – the world is much kinder when you’re thin. It’s not right. It’s just an ugly fact about our society.
Last week I was fully inspired by your comments about how you take responsibility for your health. Many of you shared how your life changed when you quit making excuses for the way you eat, your crazy hormone fluctuations, and your activity level.
Rhiannon hit it home for me with this comment:
“…I think it’s also really easy to give in to that reason, “Well my hormones are acting up, so I might as well binge.” “My weight isn’t budging because I’m getting older, my metabolism is slowing down. There’s nothing I can do..” It’s so hard to muster up the will power to stick with a healthy diet, but that’s the important part – is to plan out your meals, really watch what you eat, and stay active; not to give in to the things we can’t control and work on what we can.”
My old thinking used to say, “I’m already fat – what’s another bowl of ice cream going to hurt?” Or, I did the extreme opposite and said to myself, “I’m so fat I’m going on a liquid diet until I lose all of this weight.” Which lasted for a day at most and then I was back in the ice cream again.
Finding a sane place with food has brought me stable ground to walk on and opened so many doors. When I’m ok on the inside, the rest of my life has an opportunity to work.
Here’s five more things I’ve learned along my journey to a healthier weight while eating gluten-free & refined sugar-free.
- Nuts are nutrient and calorie dense.A little goes a long way. For an on-the-go snack, I eat an ounce of almonds and a piece of fruit. It keeps hunger at bay until the next meal. Notice I said an ounce, not one-half cup.
- My refrigerator, freezer, and pantry are stocked with foods I can use to make a quick & healthy meal. If I’m in a pinch, I could make lentils & brown rice, pull out some homemade, frozen soup and make a big green salad, or make eggs, quinoa and kale. I’ve always got fresh vegetables on hand and for those rare times when I don’t, I’ve got a stash of frozen veggies. No excuse not to eat them.
- Healthier foods typically have less calories and contain healthier fats than processed foods. I can eat a 3 meals and two snacks and never feel hungry without gaining weight because my diet is unprocessed and it’s certainly not fried. Anyone who’s around me says I eat a lot and I do. I can even eat a gluten-free, refined sugar-free dessert with no problem. But I eat one portion of dessert, not two or three. The truth is most days I don’t care to eat dessert.
- I exercise regularly. And I hate exercise. I mean that. But, I walk my dogs or go to hot yoga on a regular basis. It’s something that’s necessary for a healthy body, mind, and soul.
- I know that certain foods do not love me back. Yes, I love a decadent chocolate torte or a scoop of blueberry cheesecake ice cream as much as the next gal. But it doesn’t love me back. Once in a while, I can indulge. But not daily, and especially not if I’m in one of those life-experience places where I’m struggling. After years of eating healthier, most days my body would rather have yogurt and berries anyway.
What practices keep your body at a healthy weight? Or maybe you’re not a healthy weight but you know what definitely doesn’t work. Share that with us – knowing what doesn’t work is half the battle.