Everybody’s Favorite- Nutrition!

For the record, I have had a life-long struggle with food.  It started when I was in 3rd grade and my parents let me come home from school every day instead of going to my baby-sitter’s house.  This meant that I could eat whatever I wanted until they came home!  Woo hoo!  So what did I eat?  Bologna!  Go ahead.  Judge away.  To this day I can never eat it again.  00857 Bolo OT 00857

This little habit led me to gain a bunch of weight, fast.  To boot, I was growing like a weed and the tallest kid in my class. I wasn’t brought up learning proper nutrition, so I was eating all the wrong foods.  My parents (god bless ’em) were so busy with their careers and 3 children that we ate what was fastest and cheapest.  Lots of processed food, salty snacks, and sugar-filled desserts.  Delicious, but treacherous.  (I don’t blame my parents, btw.  They did the best they could with what they had and it was the 80’s/90’s)

So by the time I was 11 years old I was 150lbs and 5’4″.  I decided it was time to lose weight after someone taunted me with the hold phrase “fatty fatty 2 x 4, can’t get through the living room door”.  I still want to murder that skinny, scrawny little good-for-nothin.  I was able to keep a very tight reign on my diet for several years- until I got into pot in college.  During that time, I also discovered running.  I used to run after school whenever I didn’t have another obligation.  I was never a jock because I was a theatre and band nerd and those took up basically all of my extra-curricular time.

Then I got to college and discovered weed, alcohol, and cheap foods.  None of it was good.  I still tried to take care of myself and would be good for a few months, keeping up with my nutrition and exercise, but then I would back-track to eating ice cream and pizza and drinking a liter of vodka a night.  This went on for about 10 years.  Even after I got sober, I struggled daily with food.  I am a binge-eater to this day, although I have tools now that I never had before- more on that later.

So fast forward to about this time last year.  That ex-boyfriend I told you guys about taught me how to maintain a healthy, balanced diet.  I have been drinking Herbalife shakes since last March.  I have them every morning and most times post-workout.  (If you want more info on that, please comment or something.  Not sure how this blog thing works….)

Here is the ground-breaking news.  He told me to eat every 2-3 hours.  Breakfast, snack, Lunch, snack, Dinner, snack.  This was a glorious revelation.  I LOVE TO EAT!  So now I could do it more than ever!  And the most important thing about this is that the food and meals should be really high in protein, and low in carbohydrates.  I was able to slowly cut out the refined sugars and processed foods and create much healthier options that I could make in bulk to supply me for the week.

Sample day for me was:

Breakfast: Herbalife shake and tea

Snack: Carrots with peanut butter (Trader Joe’s unsalted natural) OR Think Thin bar

Lunch: Chicken breast (3-5 oz) usually mixed in a salad.

Snack: 3 0z Tofu with string cheese

Dinner: 4 oz pork chop with cauliflower puree and green beans

Snack: 1 apple with peanut butter OR no snack

I usually fall off at dinner time.  Dinner is hard for me for a number of reasons.  First, I sometimes do not have my afternoon snack, or I exercise after my snack and don’t properly prepare with a shake and/or handful of nuts to supplement.  The biggest reason I would ever fall short is due to LACK OF PLANNING.  If I am prepared and have a plan I will follow through.  If I try to “wing it”, I will fail.  This is like so many other things in life as well.

Take yesterday, for instance.  I planned really well when I went to work.  I had my usual shake and tea.  Then my think thin bar.  Then I had a pita wrap for lunch because I had forgotten to get chicken so couldn’t have my chicken salad that I was planning.  Afternoon snack was… I don’t think I had one.  Then for dinner I went to Ralph’s to get one of their roasted chickens and I ended up buying Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.  As I put it in my basket I thought to myself “this is for later.  Or maybe I will make it tonight and save the rest for later.”  I secretly knew that if I made this box I would eat the whole goddamn thing.

And so I made the box of mac and cheese, cut up some chicken, and made a salad.  At first I only put about 3/4 of a cup of the mac and cheese on my plate (which is still larger than the recommended serving size).  I ate my dinner and it was delightful.  Not too full, totally satiated.  But then what did I do?  I went back in the kitchen and loaded up the rest of my plate with ALL the remaining mac and cheese. And I ate it.  And I was stuffed.

So what happened?  I KNEW I would do this.  So what can I do in the future?  Not put myself in that risky situation.  Put the damn box back and chose a healthier option.  It is all about choices.  I always have the choice of what to put in my body.  I can let my mind talk me into just about anything, and here is where an accountability partner comes in handy.  Just like in my sobriety program, I need to utilize the tools I have.  Pick up the phone and call a friend.  Call myself out on my bullshit!  It is the easiest and hardest thing to do.

I actually do utilize my Herbalife coach, and she is amazing!  I do 5-day challenges where there are a bunch of us who take pictures of everything we eat, update each other on our water consumption, and workouts.  I am actually going to do another 5-day challenge next week because I am really sucking at my nutrition program lately.

Today I just started learning about macros and will let you all know what I find out and how it works for me!  I have started tracking them in my little journal book, and I hope I can keep up the habit for the next few weeks till race time!  By then it will have become a habit so I will just continue to track without even thinking about it!

Thanks everyone, for coming back and reading my silly words.  I will see you next time when I move on to my OCR sidetrack 🙂

Later Taters!

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