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I am Giving up Healthy Eating…. sort of

Over the last few years I have made some very grand statements about the food I eat.

NO Sugar, NO Gluten, No Dairy, only organic etc etc etc…

and now I am making another one: 

I am giving up healthy eating! (sort of)

Once I started paying close attention to the food I ate, I started paying too much attention to what other “healthy” people ate and began eliminating things from my diet like I was running some kind of wellness witch hunt, pointing the finger at anything that could be considered a trigger food. on the flip side I began to glorify the latest in hip new veggies! “ooh look at me eating my kale all the time, I’m so healthy and great with my kale” (pretty sure I have never actually said that but you get the idea).

I used my fussy food habits to create an identity of a healthy foodie. I so badly wanted to be that super healthy girl with the glowy skin and shiny hair and I wanted other people to look up to me for my food choices. That’s what my subconscious thought I needed to be in order to become a successful health coach.

Without realising it, I had planted myself on a pedestal where “good” food built me higher and “bad” food threatened to topple me off.

Suddenly my grand food persona felt less like a vibrant lifestyle and more like a dinner sentence. It felt more and more like if I stepped outside my own healthy boundaries I would
a) be a big fraud; b) gain weight or c) be like everybody else…

With so many restrictions on my food I started to feel like a huge phoney when I indulged on a piece of cake – yep, cake with gluten and sugar and dairy oh my!

My poor husband couldn’t keep up either. One day I would flat out refuse to eat the tiniest smidge of bread because it wasn’t gluten free, the next I would stuff down a piece of garlic bread and then whine that I was bloated. He didn’t dare to question me either because I became a bit touchy about it and a simple “oh are you eating toast? Doesn’t that have gluten in it?” could result in a very dramatic reaction. Besides, I wouldn’t be able to explain myself. Just last weekend I poopooed crepes at the markets because they weren’t gluten free and then inhaled French toast about 10 minutes later… pretty clear that I was just making up my own food terms… (don’t judge me, I’m on a journey!)


 I am a healthy person. Delicious, healthy and often home cooked food still makes my tummy very happy BUT not everything I eat is healthy. Not everything I eat is perfect and not everything I eat fits into a neat little dietary category. You know what? That’s (now) OK with me. I am not giving up being a healthy person, just giving up on the healthy eating obsession.

I recently realised that my food obsession was making me not only a bit annoying but also antisocial. I stopped letting myself have as much fun because I was obsessed with what might be on the menu.

I am giving myself permission to relax and trust that I am doing the best that I can. I am growing more comfortable with letting down my food guard and am allowing the not so great choices to be surrounded by the great ones.


 

I have learnt two very important things this month which you have likely heard before. In fact I had heard them several times before but was a bit oblivious to how they related to me… till now!

  1. You are not defined by the food you eat! There is no good or bad food and if someone eats differently to you does not make you, or them, better or worse. I know how it feels to be praised for a food choice and I know how it feels to be judged for a food choice and honestly – both are rubbish. Yes I will always advocate for fresh healthy food and I will continue to spread the good food vibes, but no, that doesn’t mean that by default I judge you if you don’t eat the same way.
  2. You are not defined by the food you eat! There is so much more to you than being sugar free! Like your love of going on adventures, the way you make other people feel and the joy that oozes from your heart when you with your bestie and laugh about silly memories of the time you got drunk and tried to use a fluorescent light tube as a light saber. That’s the good stuff my friends! (side note: do not use fluorescent light tube as a light saber – It will explode!)
    Try not to focus too much on building an identity and focus more on what makes you feel good – and I mean actually good! Not good because you think it should make you feel good… What do I mean by this? An for example for you: Xtend Barre classes. When I first heard about these I so badly wanted them to be my new thing! I was going to have that lean dancers body and be graceful and fit and all that jazz. But I hated the class and felt crap after. Other people would say “oh how great is it! I love barre etc etc. and I would agree and gush about how fantastic it was because I really wanted it to be right for me. I persisted with going to the class for a little while but it really just wasn’t my thing. That doesn’t mean it’s not a great way to exercise, but it wasn’t great for me.


So that’s why I am giving up healthy eating… well I am giving up the label oh “healthy foodie” and the excessively healthy eating.

Have you had a similar experience? I would love to hear from you in the comments below.

 

Coping with Cray Cray Sugar Cravings

So you started off with grand plans, you are off the sweet stuff and you are going gun-hoe. This is the your time to make the change. You start off strong with a nice healthy breaky, pack some carrot sticks for snacks and venture into your day with the best of intentions. And then it happens, the afternoon craving hits. And it’s a doozey.

There is a box of chocolates in the kitchen and before you know it you have eaten half the box and are trying to crawl under your desk with eater’s remorse and a sickly feeling in your stomach.

Sound familiar? I thought so… I have been there my friends. Many many times…

I am a huge believer that if we are in tune with our bodies then our cravings are actually super helpful messages from our insides about what we may be needing more of. For example, we often crave chocolate when we are low on magnesium… BUT often our insides get confused by the amounts of gunk we load in and we get warped messages…

Sugar is one of the biggest jerks around craving wise. Once we cut the sweet stuff our cravings are likely to go bat shit crazy and make it very very difficult (but not impossible) for us to resist. That voice in your head suddenly visits with ‘helpful’ suggestions to “just have a little bit, you have been SO GOOD all day long, you deserve it”

Honestly though, you deserve so much more! Your body deserves to be nourished with good quality food and even though it might be difficult in the short term your body will thank you for it later!

I’ve put together a little list of some of the ways I cope with nasty sugar cravings in the hopes that they might just be useful for you too xx


 

  1. Steer clear of sweet foods in the mornings. This includes fruit and carbs. Avoid anything that gives you a taste of sweets and anything that is going to raise your blood sugar. Basically we want to try and avoid waking up the sweet tooth that wants more and more. Don’t be fooled by savoury foods that pretend to be healthy here either! Breads and cereals can be loaded with hidden sugars and high carb foods can spike our blood sugar levels leading to a crash later in the day.Instead, why not try having veggies and some good fats like eggs or avo to keep you going.
  2. Cups of herbal tea! Check out your local health food store and explore the incredible tea range. Brewing and sitting down with a cup of herbal tea can be a perfect distraction for a nasty craving. Teas with berries or lemon are my favourites for this because they have a tart flavour that takes the edge of a craving, without launching your blood sugar levels ski high.
  3. Berries! Berries are a low sugar and high satisfaction treat. I like to keep blueberries in my freezer for emergencies as a delicious snack. Frozen blueberries are the new lollies!
  4. Know that you are worth so much more than a quick chocolate fix. Your body is worth good quality nourishing foods and future you will thank you for making nourishing choices. What is 5 seconds of satisfaction going to give you in the long run? If you are anything like me then the sugar hangover the bad mood that follow just aren’t worth it.
  5. Forgive yourself when you eat something you ‘shouldn’t’. So you ate the chocolate bar instead of the carrot sticks. It’s not the end of the world! Forgive yourself and move on.

Have you quit sugar and have a killer tip for avoiding sugar cravings? I would LOVE to add it to my list. As someone who’s bod finds it difficult to metabolize sugar I can never have too many ways to avoid it! 

 Jodie xx

Falling down the Health and Wellness Rabbit hole

I remember when I first started changing my lifestyle and taking charge of my health. I had read Sarah Wilsons I quit sugar e-book and was ready to overhaul my entire life. I was pretty gun-hoe about it all really. I started devouring health blogs and took almost every health increasing tip on board as something to work into my day. I was so super determined to be like these girls who so made healthy eating look so friggin good and so effortlessly easy. I was well and truly falling down the Health and Wellness Rabbit hole… with no torch to light the way.

All I needed to do was:

  • Drink more water
  • Drink lemon water in the mornings
  • Make sure my water is filtered
  • Swish coconut oil around in my mouth for 10 minutes
  • Do yoga
  • Go running (or move in some way)
  • Meditate
  • Get more exercise
  • Stop taking the pill
  • Have breakfast worthy of Instagram
  • Eat organic food
  • Eat less meat
  • Eat more veggies
  • Activate my nuts
  • Avoid all sugar
  • Cut out gluten
  • Avoid dairy
  • Get rid of anything with chemicals
  • Dry brush my skin
  • Lather up in coconut oil
  • Make some raw cacao desserts
  • Navigate the health food store and its obscure ingredients
  • Drink less coffee
  • Drink straight from a coconut
  • Learn how to pronounce Acai
  • Drink more herbal tea
  • Get more sleep

Every. Single. Day.

Easy peasy right? pfft!

It didn’t take long at all for me to realise that I was in over my head and then all of a sudden I felt like a big fat failure. I remember feeling like I had a shiny beacon on my head whenever I ventured into a health food store that read “I’m new here and I don’t belong”, as though they could tell by looking at me that I didn’t know what cacao was. How was I going to be a healthy goddess if I couldn’t achieve all of these things?

The secret was that I didn’t need to. Good health is a journey. It is constantly changing and evolving and there is no “one size fits all” option. Everyone is different and our bodies need different things at different times.

I decided to pick a couple of things that felt achievable for me and stick with those until I was ready to explore more. Once let go of the pressure to be perfect and embraced what worked for me it got a whole lot easier. For me that meant drinking more water and eating less sugar. What a perfect place to begin.

I can see how doing a lifestyle overhaul may be appealing, that “we want results and we want them now” mentalilty is built into so much of what we do and it’s easy to be inspired by hotties on Instagram and to want to change everything all at once. But the reality is that for most people that kind of overhaul is both stressful and unsustainable. It’s not realistic for most people and so often when we “fail” or give in we end up feeling shitty for not meeting out own unrealistic expectations.

Letting go of old habits that are no longer serving us and forming new habits is something we must learn over time. Small changes create lasting results.

I still have to remind myself when I see someone “better” than me that I am exactly where I need to be right now (and also that comparing myself to others is just my egos way of making me feel shitty, but that’s a blog for another time). Wherever you are on your journey, I want you to know that it is the perfect place. Maybe you are just thinking about starting, or you speak the language of fermented veggies and raw desserts fluently – just know that it is the perfect place for you right now. With Instagram and facey loaded with hotties and health nerds right at our fingertips it’s so easy to compare ourselves and to feel like you aren’t as good as everyone else, but remember that the person you are comparing to probably started in a similar place to you and is just further down the road. Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle!

If you have been dabbling in getting healthier or are wanting to make a change then I would really like to encourage you to start with 1 or 2 little changes. Stay curious and be open to try new things but know that you don’t have to do it all at once. Over time these new changes become second nature and you will start to do them without even noticing.

How does that sound?

Jodie xx