I used to rummage through fitness magazines in search of the perfect diet. The one that would make me skinny, shrink my midsection and make me feel strong and confident. I found many; ones that told me to eat 1200 calories a day and ones that told me only to eat fruit. "Eat lots of red meat and 5 avocados for breakfast", some said.
So I tried them all. I was so excited that finally I was going to be skinny.
After just two days, sometimes, I would relapse and be back where I started. Other times, I would make it three weeks but the scale still wouldn't budge.
Why weren’t these diets working? Was it my will power or did I miscalculate the amount of peanut butter on my rice cake?
What I have come to find out is the reason that these diet plans failed was because I was trying to fit into someone else's mold.
I wanted to look like the cute, happy and extremely fit girl smiling next to the article. I wanted to pretend that she and I had the same life and if I followed her diet, I would look just like her. And maybe be just as happy.
The secret I didn't know was that there was no way. She wasn’t 25% Russian, 25% Polish and 50% european mutt. She didn’t grow up playing violin and averaging running 14 minute miles in middle school. She also DEFINITELY didn’t have a sweet tooth like me. Her genetics, emotions, fitness level and lifestyle were not mine.
This is a hard lesson to learn for those of us who are looking to lose a few inches. We gravitate towards a set diet plan that someone else has had success on because it is easier than listen to your own body. We think that there is a golden ticket waiting in Women's Health magazine to help us be thin.
It has taken almost 10 years for me to learn this lesson but once I let go of the “rules” and listened to my internal cues, I shed all of the extra weight that I had been holding on to.
So I know I told you not to follow any one else’s diet plan, but I wanted to show you what a day in the life of me looks like. And why you shouldn't follow it. This shows how individual my diet is and how no one else will probably ever eat like this.
6:45am: coffee with 3 tbsp coconut cream and a splash of unsweetened almond milk blended
10:00am: leftover salad from the night before with balsamic vinegar, 2 tbsp hummus and 7 or 8 baby carrots
12:00pm: Beet Kombucha
2:30pm: 1 slice of sourdough bread, 1 slather of almond butter, 1 piece of bacon and 2 scrambled eggs on top
Yoga class (the most interesting class I have ever taken :) )
7:00pm: 1 pint of cucumber beer mixed with Kombucha
9:00pm: 1 burger (no bun), 1 baked sweet potato, 1 ear of corn (grilled), salad greens with asiago cheese and balsamic dressing, 1/4 avocado
9:30pm: 1 evo hemp cocoa cashew bar
My diet is very unconventional. I didn’t read it in a magazine and if I did, I would probably be weirded out that I would have to eat hummus for breakfast. Success with nutrition comes from listening to your body’s cues and learning what food you need. It comes from silencing your brain so you can hear your body talking. It may say I need some greens. Or I need something heavier like a bison burger. It also, and quite frequently, may say, "I need love and self care".
Take a minute to listen.
Happy and healthy planning.
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