Okay so why am I so happy on a Thursday a.k.a. the worst day of the week for me?! Well I have this week off uni woohoo! They gave us our first ‘reading week’ due to interviews and they are short staffed this year to cover us so they’ve given us the week off to
relax work from home. Yeah I do actually have a lot of work to be doing but hey, at least I’m getting my lie ins! Speaking of sleep, I have been learning lots from some nutrition podcasts I have been obsessed with listening to recently whilst working on how important it is. Seriously people, sleep is more important than food or exercise in terms of health so if you are not getting enough and sleeping throughout the night perfectly - make this a priority. I don’t think I have a problem with this one personally
So I’m on week two of my new program this week. To start off with it is definitely about working out what works for you to make it into a routine so I do still feel like I’m testing the water which is kinda anxiety provoking but I’m enjoying it! I have been working on what works for my body. Honestly, I’ve never really been in tune with my body all that well in terms of what food makes me feel good with the exception of when I have wheat/gluten because that’s when I have serious bloating and bowel issues, I’m talking not leaving the bathroom for days on end here so that’s a pretty obvious one. But other than that, I don’t know. I’ve always gone with what I enjoy, what I crave and just trying new exciting things I guess? I do know that I love raw food, I know that I like vegan food, I know that I like cottage cheese and greek yogurt, lots of veg, chickpeas and lots of nuts and coconut flour. But other than that..could I answer what works for me and makes me feel best? Not really. So this is something that starting my new program has made me address.
Now, I’ve been having a lower carb diet as this is what is thought is going to work for my body type. This is a key thing here. I am different to other people. Some people do best on high carb/low fat and some others do best on a balance of everything. We are all different. But for me this is what is going to be experimented to hopefully help my body function at it’s best. That saying I do still have carbs, especially after my workout to replenish my stores otherwise I don’t think I would be able to carry on with this type of workout/eating pattern for too long. And to compensate the lower carbs means high fat and high protein. Anyone who’s been reading my blog a long time knows that my eating disorder came about in the form in fearing fats. I was one of those people who believe that fats made me fat after the low fat diet craze went crazy in the 90s through the government. I watched my own mum put herself on low fat diets so I thought from a young age that fat was not a good thing. How wrong was I? Oh and the government for drilling this idea into people’s minds. But I’ll leave that one for now. In, especially the past year or so, I have increased my fats substantially and I do not fear them. I love nuts and coconut things and raw foods in general and incorporate them into my everyday diet. But whilst I thought I was getting plenty, well, I’ve increased them further. Whilst I do not fear fats, I admit I was anxious about this. Maybe a part of me still had a feeling of too much fat will make me fat. But I know that on a low carb diet this is necessary for my body to not start eating away at itself. I do not want to lose weight, I do not want to lose muscle. If anything I am building muscle here! So this is important. And so I have made an effort to increase my fats further in the ways that I can, eating more nuts, more coconut oil and making lots of chocolate with cocoa butter
So adding to my diet has been eggs. I used to hate eggs. They totally freaked me out, the texture, the taste…And the first day I had them, I had half a boiled egg to try and I was a bit ummm ‘no way’ about it. But the second day I had a full egg and slowly I’ve actually grown to love them!! So now I’m having 3-4 eggs a day! I tend to have them just as snacks and boil up big boxes of 20 at a time and just stick them in the fridge – simple The same can’t be said for avocado however which I desperately want to love but I just really can’t stand the taste or texture of it at all. Maybe one day my tastes will change again..but at least I’ve got my eggs
Also my current fave snack which I have multiple times a day which I was having before anyway is coconut flour mixed with coconut oil and water topped with cocoa nibs. Really random but so good!!
I’ve also been having coffee with coconut oil pre-workout as I workout on an empty stomach. This is amazinggg…and really gives you an energy boost from the fats which activate the caffeine Anyone who has cream in their coffee – same effect!
I’ve also been adding more cheese other than cottage cheese in my diet. I’m a bit funny with cheeses and I admit they do bring back some bad memories from when I was ill with my eating disorder which I won’t go into but I’ve found a love of feta and mozzarella. The slices from Waitrose are so so good by the way!
Full fat greek yogurt remains of course I love my Fage!
And my current love is Cauldron’s marinated tofu <3 with broccoli, spinach and leek cooked in coconut oil (adding coconut oil to everything right now!) with 2 homemade protein muffins (not recipe worthy just yet…) I also love Taifun’s basil tofu mmm
So how do I feel? Yes, kinda anxious but I’m happy. I feel great, my measurements are the same still, my stomach is looking better already which I see all as better indications of my diet rather than a number on the scale. And my bowels have improved significantly this week. No bloating or anything which is completely new to me as I was still having a little in the evenings. So I shall see where this goes…
But like I say. This is my little journey to find out what is going to help my body. I’m not saying this is going to work for everybody. We are all different, have different backgrounds, body shapes, metabolisms, hormones, eating disorder backgrounds etc.
But one thing that I did manage to get…
Ohhhhh yeaaaaah! Finally!! After 4 months I have managed to get hold of my true love in food form hehe!
What are your favorite sources of fat?
Do you know what kind of diet suits you or do prefer to just eat whatever you like?