Boy I could not even think of a title! Has journaling become harder or is it just me?
Life Happens, I guess.. but that's always the case isn't it? Finding that balance is a constant struggle but the lack of being on the web came during a "shift"in perspective for me.. Always finding ways to challenge myself, to change, to be better... and the latest change is just living a healthier lifestyle. I find that I can work out like a champ.. I can run for miles and not look back. But when it came to eating, I was horrible. Not making good choices, well obviously they "tasted" good.. but not good for me. So for the past few weeks... Change came in the form of finding ways to "see" foods differently. The first step is always educating yourself, and just re-evaluating our lifestyle. Well the first few weeks was spent doubting I could even accomplish such goals. Let's face it, I love food especially dessert! But this girl loves to eat, so naturally I was hesitant to think of trying another "diet".
So no diets here.. I'm not following anything in particular. I'm simply taking this time to shift my outlook on food. Growing up in a Filipino home, food has always been the staple of gatherings. It's always present, some healthy, some we could do without. But it's the basis of celebration, its what brings people together. So growing up, food has always been consumed to "fill" me, not to "fuel" me. That's where I needed to change my train of thought, among other things. It's a process.. believe me, I want to stuff an entire red velvet cake in my mouth sometimes.
So what have I done?
Sounds a lot more simpler than it sounds.
"I am eating more fruits & veggies with sides of meat"
(Above) Some of my faves Roasted Cauliflower, Quinoa, Avocados (I eat them everyday!), mixed berries, veggie omelets, salad from whole foods (love Tofu!)
"So What?" It clearly does not take a health nut to figure out that you need more fruits and veggies. But for me, it takes some kind of super hero will power to turn the other cheek and say "Ahhhh" to more greens. I didn't exactly grow up hating veggies, I actually like a decent amount of them.. but the idea that meat was served in an teeny portion was something to get used to.
So for the past 2 weeks.. I've been eating tons of fruits and veggies, sans carbs, with some meat every now and then. There are days I went without any meat at all. (Hi-5 all the vegans out there!) But believe it or not, the mind plays a powerful part in consuming food. I believe you can train your brain (and taste buds) to do without many unnecessary things. Most importantly, I'm starting to see that we "fuel" the body not "fill" the body.
I've also been without coffee for 2 weeks. (That was clearly my choice). No rhyme or reason, other than the will power to detox caffeine out of my system. Which explains why I'm in bed by 9pm every night.. but mornings are so refreshing. *Actually on Friday we stopped by Starbucks, I got a Tall Blonde, took a sip (didn't taste as good as I remembered it) and tossed it. Not saying I've given up on my cup of Joe, just now replenishing with water.
Aside from the obvious of eating more greens and fruits... I've completely cut anything with dairy or soy. I've turned to Almond Milk or Coconut Milk as the basis of my morning shakes. Cutting this out combined with all the fresh goodness, I have been feeling so much better. I can tell the difference in the way I feel and the way my body reacts to the food. It seems more at "ease."
The thing with eating fresh fruits and veggies is you have to prep. It's the key! Processed foods are so handy and always available. But a little more attention to preparing your foods and planning in advance is key.
Change makes you vulnerable.
Change opens you up to new experiences.
Change allows you to escape negativity.
Change inspires you to start again.
Change rids you of what you don't need.
Change shows you just how strong you are.
Change makes you accept what is out of your control.
Change creates a climate of mindfulness.
Change moves you into uncharted territory.
Change frees you from the confines of routine.
Change gives you a chance to seek freedom.
Changes teaches you that everything is progress.
Change saves you when you think all hope is lost.
When you see instant results whether in the way you feel or the way you look, it gets you excited for more. I have not incorporated exercise with this new regime because I knew the first few weeks were gonna be hard, well I knew I'd be tired. I depended on a lot of energy drinks and tons of coffee to get going. Eliminating them made me very tired in the first week.. but I seem to be finding my groove and hoping tomorrow could be day one of starting all over again and finding a good cardio + strength training work out.