I was going to write a post about pie yesterday, and then I decided that would be bad. It’s only a week into the new year and many people, myself included, are attempting to eat healthier which isn’t always easy in the beginning. I personally do best when I just flat-out eliminate some things from my diet for a bit. No added sugar, no grains, no alcohol. Just real food. Meat, fish, veggies and a dash of fruit and nuts. That’s it. No calorie counting. No weighing myself. This is what works for me. Helps me reset my body and mind.
Will I give up sugar, bread, and wine forever? Um, no. Because in moderation–those are awesome, it’s just that over the holidays I sort of locked moderation in the closet and had a steaming hot affair with the sexy sweet, yeasty, full-bodied bad-boys of culinary options. I got all 50 Shades on the Czech cookies and the dark chocolate peppermint bark, aka Christmas crack.
I totally know why I was thinking about pie yesterday too. Because I’m back to eating healthier which = sugar withdrawal = thinking about pie. So I’m going to go all Barney Fife and “nip it in the bud” by focusing on all the positive things eating healthy does for me. Here we go…
My Top 5 Reasons I Won’t Let Pie Seduce Me:
#1 I have more energy. Not right away mind you. Sugar/carb withdrawal is a real thing, although I’m sure a bunch of it is mental too. The more energy I have, the more I stick to my workout resolution and get a lot more done during the day. Crazy how that works, right?
#2 I sleep better. I do not know why, but when I eat healthy, I seem to sleep deeper and wake up remembering my dreams. (Last night I dreamed our dog Harley carved flowers out of vegetables as a decoration for oldest daughter’s engagement party. Apparently I had no problem accepting that Harley could use a paring knife. No, what concerned me was that she might chew up the plastic handle of the knife just like she’d eaten 1/4 of a plastic hanger last night before bed.)
#3 My brain works better when I eat higher protein/lower carb/no sugar. I feel like I’m more creative, or maybe I can just focus better to tap into the creative part of my brain. Whatever it is–I like it.
#4 I feel happier. *Again, not right away because–sugar withdrawal is a bitch.* But over time, I do find I’m in a better mood when I eat healthier. This may be a side-effect of exercise & endorphins also, but I like happy, so I’ll take it any way I can get it.
#5 Healthy food I thought I wouldn’t like begins to sound and taste really good. This one takes time. Usually toward the end of a Whole 30. And probably not after my 1st Whole30 either. I think it took a few of them to get to that point. Once I stop thinking about all the things I’ve eliminated. (Yes, like pie, or bread, or wine.) But I do eventually get to a point where a new recipe for spaghetti squash or chicken gets me excited.
Growing up, I hated seeing my beautiful and amazing mother step on the scale (which she kept in the corner of our kitchen! Talk about punishing yourself!) and get frustrated and disappointed each time she stepped on to find-no matter how much she dieted-she wasn’t losing weight. So, in the 30 years since I moved from my parents’ house, I have never owned a scale. Because for me it’s not about the number, but about how I feel physically and if I can do the things I want–walk, run, garden, escape a zombie apocalypse.
I can tell when I’m carrying some extra baggage. Although, yoga pants are very deceiving- so I try to put on real pants (ahem) at least once a week to snap me back to reality. You people who get/have to wear *real pants* to the office are ahead of the game. 😉 So, that’s where I am after the first week of the new year and feeling pretty good. How about you? Have you made any health goals for this year? Work goals? Happy life goals? What is your #1 goal for 2016?