One of the things I’ve learned about myself through the eating disorder diagnosis is that throughout my life, I’ve had a lot of food rules. These rules have ruled… and ruined… my life, so this time around I am really working on honoring that there are no inherently “bad” foods, simply foods I place more emphasis on and haven’t made peace with yet. It’s a difficult transition to be certain.
I thought I’d take the time to write out what I intend to be the program I follow. True to my nature, it’s not cookie cutter. It’s a combination of all the learning that I have absorbed during the last 5 years of my life. I know extreme, all-or-nothing does work for me… but this moderation approach? This will be new territory.
Here’s the Scoop (no pun intended):
1. I primarily drink almond milk or soy milk. I work to avoid dairy, though cheese and ice cream haunts me. I like them, they don’t like me quite as much.
2. I am currently eating breakfast in the morning and intend to continue.
3. I drink 1-2 cups of coffee a day, with organic cane sugar and almond milk. I have no intention of giving that up.
4. I work very hard to keep sucralose (splenda) out of my diet.
5. My drink of choice is water.
6. I occasionally consume alcohol.
7. I don’t smoke.
8. I intend to follow a mindful eating regimen
9. I do not intend on counting calories outside of tracking my own understanding of what something may have in it. That’s crazy making business right there.
10. I plan on following the 2/3/4 – Complex Carbs/Protein/Fat. I recently became educated on how food sustains the body, which has become the basis for this decision. In every meal, I will work to incorporate a complex carb, a protein and a fat. Complex carbs satiate for about 2 hours, proteins for 3 hours and fats for 4 hours. Because of this, a regular eating plan can be created.
I understand that this is going to require time and attention, something I’ve been very diligent at giving others and not myself. However, I feel it’s time. I want to be happy and healthy and joyful daily. I want to relish in the life that I have built for myself, as I have worked hard to get where I am. It’s ok that I now want to enjoy the fruits of my labor. Literally.
For future personal reference, here are some examples for the 2/3/4:
Rice (White, Brown, Wild)
Potatoes and Roots Vegetables
Help me add to this list! Enlighten me 🙂