Jen from Peanut Butter Runner (one of my most favorite blogs and the first blog I ever read!) shared a terrific post last week called Food, Fitness and Feeling Good: Paving Your Own Way and Learning What Works For You.
I think what I love most about her post is how she points out that a diet or lifestyle that works for someone else may not work for you. And even more importantly, what worked for you last year may not work for you now!
I have shared the story behind My Meatless Diet (which you can read here) explaining how I suddenly transitioned to a meatless way of life.
This is NOT a post saying I now eat chicken or steak! No, I am still a meatless eater! But will I always be? Will this diet always continue to work for me? I like to think so but who knows for sure.
Honestly, sometimes when I read Michele’s blog and she shares photos of burgers on her plate, I start to think that maybe I want one too.
Will I have a burger one day soon? I don’t know. Right now, the answer is no but that could change.
Lately what I want to eat is changing.
This always happens to me after a stomach virus. Always. In fact, it’s exactly how I ended up giving up meat and eating a mostly plant-based diet for over four years now.
But I am not strictly plant-based, I will never be vegan and I am not strictly vegetarian either. Sometimes I eat shrimp or a spicy tuna roll and then sometimes I go extended periods with very limited dairy and no eggs for months.
Right now though I am eating as many eggs and egg whites as I do bowls of oatmeal.
I felt the need for more protein and adding eggs and egg whites back in to my diet on what feels like a daily basis now did the trick immediately. I definitely noticed an immediate difference in how I felt, both in my energy levels and appetite satisfaction.
I am really enjoying oatmeal lately when it’s cooked with eggs/egg whites stirred in, maybe some banana, cinnamon and a little bit of Skoop. Sometimes I add a drizzle of maple syrup. It has become a terrific (and satisfying) post-run meal.
I used to love berries mixed in to my oatmeal but right now, that is not appealing to me.
Peanut butter has lost it’s appeal too which is really upsetting if you want to know the truth.
I very rarely add it to oatmeal, haven’t had it for lunch in several weeks and most of time when I try to eat peanut butter, I realize that it really isn’t what I want to be eating.
And my favorite red-capped jar of crunchy peanut butter with flax and chia seeds from Trader Joe’s?
It now tastes awful to me. I can’t even understand how I used to eat it nor can I understand how I am saying this but it’s how I feel.
I still like my Crunch Time Peanut Butter (from PB & Co) but I don’t eat much of it. In fact, more than a spoonful has given me a stomach ache.
Most of the time, I am eating an apple plain or with some chocolate.
Lately I find myself eating more bagels than I have in years.
I had this salad and bagel combo over the weekend. It was probably the first salad I had eaten for lunch in weeks. My appetite has started to think, at least for right now, that vegetables before dinner are dumb.
This was a whole grain maple cinnamon raisin bagel – you really tasted the maple syrup, it was a genius addition.
Even my Cold Stone sundae the other night was different for me. I am a total creature of habit when it comes to my desserts but I didn’t want whipped cream, I wanted the chocolate fudge brownie frozen yogurt in place of my usual vanilla-based favorite and I didn’t care that they were out of waffle bowls. I added cookie dough to the mix (with chocolate chips and hot fudge) and this is now my favorite.
I think my point is, we are allowed to change what we eat on a regular basis. Nothing in life stays the same, our diets and food choices included.
As Jen said in her post, and I quote,
“The important thing to keep in mind is that you have to honor YOUR body. What feels good for someone else might not feel good for you. What felt good for you last year might not be your jam this year. And sometimes, something you’ve been doing for your entire life might quit working. You have to be open to changing your ways and sometimes that can be tough when we have super hard-wired thinking patterns.”
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Are there any foods that you used to love and now suddenly just don’t?
How have your eating habits/patterns changed over the last few years?
If you are a meatless eater, do you ever want a hamburger?