Hello my bloggity Mcbloggerson friends!
Oh how it’s good to be back. Now that I’m out of my baguette induced coma I can finally settle back in to my comfy blogging bed.
Now mark your calenders for the EPIC EUROPEAN RECAP POSTS, but we can’t neglect what day it is today first.
So while I enjoyed every waking minute of croissant, french baguette, bowls of coffee, and tart inhalation, it left me wanting nothing but a giant plate of greens the size of my face when I returned back to the states.
And that’s where this post comes in. It’s funny how fast the next month comes when you are off gallivanting in another country, and nutritional research topics weren’t exactly in the cards when the streets of Paris are under your feet.
What I did do though was read a lot and listen to a lot of podcasts. All of which involved food or nutrition to some degree of course. And all of which has changed my mind about food and nutrition.
Of course this is a topic near and dear to my heart after studying nutrition and becoming a registered dietitian, I should know all there is to know about food and health, right?
And I thought I did.
“Make half your grains whole.”
“Eat the rainbow.”
“Avoid cholesterol and saturated fat.”
“Eat less, exercise more for weight loss.”
“Calories in calories out.”
I knew it all down pat. Give this girl a sticker ‘cuz she knows her stuff!
Until you start questioning EVERYTHING you know and learned.
Are whole grains REALLY that healthy for you?
Does saturated fat REALLY lead to heart disease?
Are all calories REALLY just the same?
And that’s where my head REALLY started to implode. “If I don’t even know what’s healthy anymore, how can I begin to tell other people what is?”
Now I’ll be honest here and tell you that I’ve had my ups and downs with weight and body image. Just because I’m a dietitian doesn’t mean I’m not human AND a female living in today’s society.
I’ve dieted. Counted calories. Abused my body. Lost weight. Gained weight. The whole kit-in-kaboodle.
And now I’m paying for it.
I thought the way I was eating was right and healthy, but now I’m not so sure. And that’s why I’m giving this way of eating a change.
After reading lots of books including “Good Calories, Bad Calories”, “The Calorie Myth” and “The 4 Hour Body” and related podcasts, it has changed the way I think about health. Just some of my thoughts are:
- We don’t NEED grains, but they’re not the devil
- All calories are not equal
- Calories in, calories out does not work so simply
- Fat is not evil
- Stress is equally as important as food for weight loss
I could go on a tangent about each, but I’ll spare you for another day.
So what does this all mean? It means I am breaking free from conventional nutrition wisdom to take the path less traveled.
Call it paleo or primal or waldo for all I care, since I’ve said before I don’t really believe in labeling the way I eat. Tastes, beliefs, and life changes so “whatever works for you” is the only label I hand out bountifully. I’m giving my body a restore to see how it affects the way I feel and operate.
I’m calling this a 21 Day Restore rather than a “detox” or “cleanse” or whatever other buzzword is out there because it’s not about that. I want to focus on restoring my health and views on eating to find what really works for me in the long run.
My skin is constantly dry and bumpy, I haven’t had my period in over 10 months while all my blood labs come back normal, and chronic exercise hasn’t lead to weight loss despite eating less. All this is telling me something is wrong and I don’t need a pill to fix it.
This is based mostly off of Jonathan Bailor’s of “The Calorie Myth” idea about eating, but I threw in caffeine since drinking a bowl of coffee daily has enabled me to have a cup at 9 pm and sleep like a baby.
I don’t like that power.
and if you want to join me, I’ve made a pdf version for your downloading pleasure below!
The basic premise is to focus your meals heavily on non-starchy veggies followed by a good dose of protein, and some fats and berries or citrus fruit.
Now I’m really putting it out there not only for myself, but for others who might be facing the same dilemma or want to change the way they eat. I’ve given the “low-carb” way a go, and while I can’t exactly sustain a chronically low carb intake, it did help lead to this change in eating. I’m even including the dreaded “Before” and “After” bathing suit photos and measurements. You wouldn’t believe how hard it is to post this kind of thing to a bunch of (mostly) strangers.
Left Arm Circumference: 12″
Right Arm Circumference: 12″
Left Leg Circumference: 20.5″
Right Arm Circumference: 21″
Total Inches: 130.5
I really need to work on that posture.
So that’s that, and a long winded post since I have to make up for lost times. I’m giving this a go full-blown for 21 days, and seeing how I feel at the end and adjust to fit what works for me. Just guessing, but I think coffee will be making a return appearance. We’re not good at long distance relationships.
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Make it a great day!
How do you feel about the current nutrition news?
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