Intuitive Eating

Reset

I stopped counting my calories when Logan was born. I had other priorities at the time and honestly I just needed a break. Plus, my schedule was all over the place. I wasn’t really eating meals, or preparing food for myself. I just ate whatever people put in front of me, gratefully! It was a nice break mentally. I focused on eating enough food to not feel starving all the time (which was hard–I think Logan would go through growth spurts because I’d have days where I just could not eat enough food to feel satisfied!).

But a little over three weeks later and it was time to get back into a routine. After the fog of the early days cleared and Michael went back to work, I was starting to feel more myself again and I could also see myself getting into some bad habits. I needed structure again. As much as I could get, anyways.

So I started counting my calories again. In some ways it was kind of a bummer to be back to doing it after a nice little break; but overall it was also comforting and familiar to be sort of “back to normal.”

I also talked to my midwife about doing some light exercise again. I didn’t really want to wait until my 6 week postpartum appointment because honestly at 3 weeks I was feeling a lot better. She said no swimming yet (which I kind of guessed) but said I could do some light, easy exercise like the elliptical, walking, and yoga. She said if I started having postpartum symptoms come back then I needed to take a break or back off. Fair enough! I was going to listen to my body and see how I felt.

I need to get rid of some of the bad habits I let slide back into my life. Drinking diet soda is one of them. I did really well and pretty much gave it up for my entire pregnancy. It wasn’t like I drank a ton before I got pregnant but I was starting to get into the bad habit of having one every day. And honestly diet soda doesn’t make me feel great and makes me crave sweets. I started drinking it again recently and found that I was back to drinking it every day, craving soda and also eating more junk food as a result. No more! Back to sparkling water.

Also, when I was pregnant I craved orange juice like mad. Like had I not reigned it in and controlled myself I could have drank an entire gallon in two days. Now? That craving for orange juice has diminished so I’ve stopped buying it. While I enjoyed drinking it, I don’t need the calories.

I’m trying to make better choices with my food, especially my snacks. Some days it’s hard, especially if Logan is fussy and I can’t put him down to fix something. I need quick and easy food that can be eaten one-handed. I’m trying to get back to focusing on fruit and protein for snacks instead of convenient stuff like protein bars and granola bars.

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I do pretty well with breakfast. Most days Michael helps out and makes me breakfast before he leaves for work. Days he can’t I have oatmeal or I try and make my own eggs. Some days when Logan is super fussy it’s plain Greek Yogurt with fruit gulped down!

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I intend on blogging my weight loss efforts in the future, but right now losing weight isn’t really on my mind. I have days where I feel really good about my body–even though I am 20 pounds over what I was a year ago–and then there are days where I just don’t feel like myself. I miss being active. I’m kind of going stir crazy in the house and would like to get off the couch. Some days it just isn’t happening (like the other day when Logan decided he was not going to nap at all and was fussy and cranky and nothing would soothe him but me cuddling him on the couch).

This won’t become a “mommy blog” per se, but this blog has always kind of been more about just my life and balancing fitness and eating healthy with indulging and living life like a normal person. My intent going forward is to blog about that–balancing life with a newborn, trying to find time to work out and to lose the baby weight– but that isn’t my priority right now. The first step for now is getting back to being accountable (counting my calories) and getting off the couch and back in the gym (when I can).

So I’m counting calories — CHECK!

Now the fitness part!

After the doctor gave me the green light to give it a try, I decided to go to the gym and try out the elliptical. I have to admit, it was kind of hard! After nearly a month off, I definitely felt out of shape. I was winded walking up the stairs (much like I was when I was pregnant), I was slow and had to keep the resistance down but I was able to do it and that felt great!!

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None of my clothes fit really well right now (I think I need to buy some new workout clothes–especially a new sports bra), but I got out there and did about 2.8 miles on the elliptical, around 35 minutes total and then called it good. I was starting to get tired and I suddenly felt REALLY HUNGRY. Like starving. So I headed home and called my first time back a success! (And then took a nap!)

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The next day was really gorgeous out! We planned on going for an urban “hike” in a park but shit went sideways and we never got to do that. 🙁 Everything kind of went wrong (including our garage door breaking) so instead I took Logan for a long walk around the neighborhood. It was something!

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We ended up walking a little bit further than planned but it felt nice to move and be outside in the sunshine and warm weather. Plus, our neighborhood is really hilly so that burned some calories.

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Since our family hike was kind of a bust, we decided to go to a nearby park for a picnic lunch to try and salvage the day. Michael got us a sandwich from Subway and then we took a little walk around the park. It sort of made up for the catastrophes of the morning!

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Sunday Michael went for a run while I fed the baby and then pumped and then I got to go to the gym for a quickie elliptical workout. It was MUCH easier this time around. I don’t know if I got my stamina back already or if having a decent night of sleep did the trick but it was a good workout.

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After that my cousin and a friend came over to make us brunch! It was so sweet of them! They brought all the ingredients and made us chilaquiles, which I’d never heard of before but might be my new favorite breakfast. It was absolutely delicious!

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And of course, mimosas. 😀 I’m not sure how many calories was in brunch, probably a lot, but it was worth it and I enjoyed every bite and it satisfied my insane hunger that I’ve been having lately.

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We sat outside on the deck in the glorious sunny, warm weather and enjoyed the light breeze while we ate brunch. It was kind of the perfect day. After they left Michael and I took Logan and Bella for a 1.55 mile walk in the sunshine. Then I was pretty much pooped for the rest of the day!

This coming week I plan I going to yoga again (looking forward to that!), another gym session and if weather permits, a few walks with the dog and baby!

 

Foodist Giveaway – CLOSED

I was asked to review the new book, Foodist: Using Real Food and Real Science to Lose Weight Without Dieting by Darya Pino Rose, Ph.D. I said yes immediately because it sounded like the type of book I would want to read. I’m less interested in reading books about diet fads and more into the science behind healthy eating.

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The book was written by the blogger behind SummerTomato. I hadn’t read her blog before I received the book and went into it thinking I was reading a book written by a doctor who specializes in nutrition. I was impressed with how easy to read it was and then realized, OH! It’s written by a blogger!

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“How horrible would it be if, in order to look and feel amazing, you had to deprive yourself of foods you love for the rest of your life, skipping birthday cake and Michelin-rated restaurants, just so can feel good about yourself when you look in the mirror? Seriously, screw that. [pg 4]”

That is exactly why I live my life in moderation! I WANT my birthday cake! 🙂

“Chronic dieters believe that success comes from sacrifice. [pg 5]”

I learned pretty early on that I would not be successful if I was sacrificing everything I loved. I didn’t want to eat a diet of iceburg lettuce with no dressing and plain chicken breast with no flavor! If we change our mindset from dieting to learning to live healthy, I think we’ll all be more successful. I appreciated the author’s real-life suggestions.

“Foodists do not diet. Modern weight-loss diets are temporary eating plans that emphasize  single nutrients and restriction over real food and lifelong habits. Foodists, in contrast, focus on real, high-quality foods in order to optimize our quality of life. [pg 10]”

She called herself a “Foodist” and I liked the term. Basically it meant that she ate real food and focused on healthy choices, without severe restriction.

There were parts of the book that felt like I was reading a blog post. The subjects were things like: 9 Surefire Ways to Sabotage Your Weight Loss [pg 22], 10 Simple Ways to Eat Less Without Noticing [pg41], 10 Simple Goals to Get you Started Eating Healthy [pg108]. But they did have useful advice.

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She talks about how to build successful habits and she suggests choosing simple, specific goals. “For example, ‘Eat more vegetables’ is a less useful goal than ‘Eat green vegetables every day with lunch and dinner.’ These clear goals are effective because there is no wiggle room. [pg 49]” YES! Make specific goals! It’s crucial to success!

Mid-way through the book she had a chart that listed the sugar content for a lot of popular items for comparison. I was completely blown away. I was so shocked by this and I think you will be too:

Krispy Kreme original glazed donut – 10 grams of sugar

Yoplait Yogurt – 27 grams of sugar

Odwalla Superfood, 15 oz – 50 grams of sugar

Seriously?!?! A Krispy Kreme donut is a healthier choice than Yoplait? That is kind of sad if you think about it. It just goes to show you how much junk is in processed food.

“Have a weakness for after dinner snacks? Maybe you’re not eating a satisfying enough meal, or maybe a difficult family situation or school work procrastination is triggering you to eat more than you need. [pg 95]”

The above quote from the book really hit home for me. I wondered about my own routines and habits. I often get the munchies after dinner is over. Why? Do I need to take a look at what I’m eating? Do I need more carbs or protein in my dinner to sustain me? It’s something I need to look into.

“Once you’ve grown accustomed to vegetables and healthy food as the basis of your healthstyle, it becomes very uncomfortable to go for many days without them. I’ve noticed that if I eat in restaurants for too many meals in a row…I’ll start to crave vegetables and salads…[pg202]”

YES! This is totally me. I am so used to having veggies with every single dinner that if I don’t, the dinner feels incomplete. I am totally that person that will make a salad or heat up some green beans to go along with my slice of pizza. That chapter of her book talked about creating healthy habits and I am living proof that you CAN change your habits for the better and they will become your norm.

While I enjoyed the book, I wouldn’t say it’s really for me. I already lost my weight and I’ve kept it off for 5 years. I think this book is more geared toward the person just starting out or contemplating losing weight. In that case, this book is an excellent starting point and I recommend it to anyone interested in losing weight.

I get to give away one copy of the book to a US/Canadian citizen. To enter, follow the instructions below!

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1. Leave a comment here about anything related to this topic.

2. Tweet “I want to lose weight in a healthy way with @lisaeirene http://wp.me/p116Lc-9XT” and leave a comment here telling me you did.

3. Join my Facebook group and leave a comment here telling me you did.

You can enter three times. I will pick a winner on Friday, May 24th. Good luck!