What Eat like an Adult means

Alright. As referred to a couple of days ago, here’s what Eating like an Adult means to me:

  • Wine is for weekends (and so is any other alcohol)
  • Take breakfast and lunch to work every day
  • Cook dinner most nights
  • All baked goods consumed must be home made
  • If goods are going to be baked, a raw option must be seriously considered first
  • Food preparation and planning is essential. Bulk shopping and cooking will happen on Sundays or Monday nights
  • One coffee per day- two on weekends
  • Work towards the long black with milk. Work away from the latte.
  • Craving something sweet? Eat fruit
  • Craving something sweet? Eat some good fat
  • No bread, no rice
  • Eat as little sugar as possible. The WHO recommends 6 teaspoons a day- aim for that
  • Dessert is a sometimes food. So is chocolate.
  • Have Loving Earth or Pana Chocolate in the house at all times, and eat sparingly when required
  • Re-visit raw chocolate mousse
  • In times of Take-Away, there will be no rice and no roti consumed
  • No diet soft drink. No full-sugar soft drink. No juice.
  • Water and mineral water, lots of it
  • Focus on good protein and lots of vegetables at meal times
  • Protein doesn’t need to be meat
  • Make home made hommus
  • Love cooking. Invest time into cooking. Reinvigorate cooking as a hobby.
  • Figure out how to satisfy the 3 pm craving at work. Cook or bake accordingly.
  • Eating out? Soup is a good choice. You always enjoy it more than you think you will.
  • Eating out? Choose the most delicious looking meat-and-veg dish you can see on the menu. You might like the idea of the pasta, but you’ll like the taste of the other dish more.
  • Choice between salad and chips? Go the salad
  • Read the packets. Stick with the natural stuff. If you’re going to eat pre-made, then make sure the ingredient list looks like a recipe list.
  • Control the food fomo. When there’s lots of food on offer, take only what you need (not what you want)
  • Listen. Is your body hungry? Are you bored? Are you dehydrated?
  • Know what qualifies as a special occasion. Choose your moments to indulge/celebrate.
  • Do not indulge on a daily/weekly basis
  • If you’re going to eat like a kid, at least make it worth doing (don’t eat the really bad high-calorie food. Eat the really good high-calorie food. Choose the cheese over the chips)
  • The following foods are not to be eaten every single day, but nor are they to be associated with guilt when consumed:
    – Sweet potato
    – Cheese
    – Loving Earth or Pana Chocolate
    – Any ‘raw’ home-baked goods
    – Corn
    – Barley/Quinoa
  • Eat nothing from service stations. Eat nothing from fast food outlets.

So there you go. I might come back to this list and add stuff- I might decided some of it’s not so adult after all. I might call this list The Rules- or I might find that restrictive, and not. We’ll see!

Hiking, bikinis, and… what should I eat?

The Cathedral Range- looking south along the ridge towards The Farmyard

The Cathedral Range- looking south along the ridge towards The Farmyard

I’ve had a lot of thoughts about what I was going to write about here this week. I want to tell you that I went hiking last weekend, and I want to tell you that I wore two-piece bathers (swimsuit? togs?) and felt comfortable in them for the first time in my life. I want to tell you about a discussion I had with my colleague about growing up as a ‘not very active’ kid, and about my idea to just smash out the clean eating for one week. Just one week- baby steps!! I guess I’ll talk about it all, at least for a little bit.

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View from the top

Last weekend had the Australia Day public holiday tacked onto the end of it, so after only a week back at work I got a long weekend. With some friends I headed out to the Cathedral Range State Park to do a day hike- and what a day hike it was. The hike was part of our training in preparation to climb Mt Bogong in March, so we knew the day would be a tough slog, but it turned out to be a tougher slog than expected. For a variety of reasons, the walk that we’d estimated to take 4-5 hours ultimately ended up taking 8. You know what though? Physically I was fine – in fact I was great. It was a long day of walking across 12km and very varied terrain, but I pulled up really well at the end of it all. About 2 km from the end we faced a huge staircase uphill, and for some unknown reason I ran up the entire thing. I guess I had energy to spare!! Ultimately a full day hiking through beautiful countryside is definitely not a bad thing at all, as long as everyone’s safe and happy. Which we were!! I’ve put a map of our hike further down in this post, in case any of you care to follow in our footsteps (perhaps next long weekend!).

The long weekend was warm, so as well as hiking I ended up at the beach. It was just an afternoon trip to take a dip in the ocean to cool down, but I still managed to pack two sets of bathers. When my friend and I parked the car a decision had to be made: should I wear the one-piece with the built in support that hides my podgy tummy, or should I accept the fact that the only person I was going to see that I knew was my very non-judgemental friend, and therefore wear the halter neck bikini? I thought about it for a bit. I put sunscreen on. Then I sucked it up, put on the bikini and a huge hat and sunglasses, went swimming, and promptly forgot to care about how I looked. Lesson learned.

I think I might save my discussion on growing up ‘not very active’ for another day- there’s probably a lot more than half a post’s worth of musings and discussions in me on that topic, I reckon!

So, on to the week’s worth of eating clean. I was doing great last year. I cut out the refined carbs and refined sugars, was limiting the amount of unrefined carbs I was eating, and once I got through the week 3 withdrawal craziness I felt really good (and I was losing weight). Then stuff got busy, Christmas happened, and suddenly I can barely remember the last time I brought my own breakfast or lunch to work. It’s time to get back on it. I find it a bit overwhelming thinking about getting back into it all- I still feel like I don’t have much time, and honestly my habits have slipped badly. I’m back on a freddo-a-day habit. So in an attempt to #SayNoToFreddo I’m thinking I might start out with a week of hard line healthy eating, and go from there. Plan it all out, do some cooking, make no excuses- just for a week. I can handle that. I hope! I really do hope, because I’m really not sure. Except I’ve done it before, for longer than a week, so I can do it again 🙂

I’m not starting today, or tomorrow, so watch this space- and in the mean time I’ll attempt to be kind to myself by easing my way into it all.

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Our hiking route at the Cathedral Range State Park- starting at Ned’s Gully car park, and ending at Cook’s Mill car park (click for enlarged view)

 

Today I am struggling

Today is hard. It’s got nothing to do with food or exercise- although I suppose it has everything to do with food and exercise, really. I’m feeling incredibly down today. Not emotional, not moody, not flat- I’m feeling low. I thought I’d already written about the moods and emotions I’ve been experiencing over the past two weeks, but I just found the draft of that post in the trash folder so I guess I never got around to finishing or publishing it. Emotionally the last two weeks have been a journey, but I think today’s the hardest.

As my body’s gotten used to reduced sugar, refined carbs, dairy and fats I’ve gone on a bit of a rollercoaster of emotions and moods. I’ve been short tempered, and I’ve been a bitch to those who are supporting and helping me, but for the most part I’ve been aware of it and remotely in control of it. I’ve felt up and down depending on the day, how much exercise I’ve had and what I’ve eaten- and depending on how I felt about all of that. too.

Yesterday afternoon I got angry about something (too angry by reasonable normal standards, but fairly in line with ‘Challenge’ me) and it put me in a bit of a ‘light fog’. That’s how I’ll describe it- a light fog that made me feel down a bit. The fog stayed with me until I’d nearly finished cooking dinner, at nearly 9 pm. Thank goodness for cooking- it lulled me out of the fog. It’s such a meditative process for me, when there’s no time constraints and no-one around to disturb me. It’s just me and the veggies and the chopping board. A bit like writing, actually.

This morning I woke up and, as my day started, the fog started to roll in again. I know why, but the reason doesn’t matter. I’ve sat at my desk not really achieving anything, flicking between screens trying to find something that inspires me to do something. Anything. Work stuff, non-work stuff- none of it’s worked. I went for a walk at lunch time, and far from my usual power-walk through the city, my feet dragged. Everything felt heavy. My usual fix for a crap day is food of some kind- normally unhealthy food, too. Today I can’t turn to a hot chocolate or a piece of cake- not that those things ever particularly help anyway. And not that I normally feel this down, either.

This afternoon I’ve put my headphones on and I’m blasting some Mumford and Sons. It’s helping to block out the world, and it’s making it all a bit more bearable. The fog’s lifting a bit.

It’s really hard to tell what’s a chemical response in my body right now and what’s a genuine reaction or feeling. I suspect that most of it is genuine emotion that’s being amplified by changes in my body. But then the little voice in my head says “is your body really changing? Are the chemical reactions real? Probably not… it’s just a great excuse….”

And so the battle in my head goes on.