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It’s Okay When What You Eat Changes

 

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.

my meatless diet

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.

oatmeal

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?

Trader Joe's Peanut Butter

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.

apple

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.

bagel and salad

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.

Cold Stone

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.”

You can read her full post here in case you missed the link at the top 🙂

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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?

 

 

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  • Michele @ paleorunningmomma March 23, 2016, 5:44 am

    So so true. I think this way about Paleo – I’ll always try to eat what makes me feel my best and gluten free is a must, but there’s a lot of leeway within that! Even since Paleo the things I’ve eaten have changed a lot – it used to be a lot more raw veggies, more eggs (possible) less potatoes, more nut butter but less sweets, recently I’ve settled into what’s comfortable but I’m sure it’ll gradually change. Our lives change, bodies change so our food goes with it.
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  • Susie @ SuzLyfe March 23, 2016, 6:37 am

    Absolutely. Like when what you want to do for workouts changes. Food is as much emotional as it is physical, with regards to needs/wants. So when you are in a different emotional place, what you need might not change, but what you want certainly will!
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  • Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine March 23, 2016, 6:39 am

    I definitely agree! One of the great things about blogging is seeing what I ate 2 years ago and how its different now. The changes I make are usual gradual and go unnoticed for awhile. I think its totally normal to adjust how we eat. I love reading about what others eat because it gives me new ideas and something to try, but you are so right that what works for 1 person may not work for someone else.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles March 23, 2016, 10:29 am

      I have to look at my posts from 2 years ago. I know the breakfasts are fairly similar but the rest may be a bit different.

  • Marina @ Snackie Bird March 23, 2016, 7:23 am

    I read Jen`s post earlier and I totally loved it! So fair and wise words. Over the last few years I was vegan, then following paleo and keto diets. They work for me great at first, but I believe in changes, so I like swithcing things for a bit and finding that`s work for me the best. Now I eat all plant based goodies, eggs and dairy, but I love my chicken once a week.

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes March 23, 2016, 8:28 am

    My diet preferences definitely change over time. I used to eat a lot of beans and now I just can’t unless they’re in hummus. Same with broccoli and cauliflower. That’s in part why I never follow a particular diet: what I eat changes on my activity, cravings, the seasons, and other things. When I ate meatless for a while, it was a burger that ended that.
    Also that bagel looks amazing. It’s been so long since I’ve had a good bagel.
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  • Gretchen | Gretchruns March 23, 2016, 9:10 am

    I’m definitely eating healthier now that I used to. Growing up it was all about easy to make processed food, then in college it was about eating EVERYTHING, so now I’m finally able to eat lots of veggies and fruits and real meats. Love it!
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  • Alyssa @ Renaissancerunnergirl March 23, 2016, 9:53 am

    One of my favorite things about writing WIAW posts is seeing how what I eat has changed over the past year. Definitely a lot more home cooked meals as I began to read more blogs and experiment more with baking. Slightly less dairy, and way fewer grains after my elimination. And in general, more of just eating what works at any given time, like you said.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles March 23, 2016, 10:27 am

      I should take a look back at my wiaw from 2 years ago – I bet so much is different (except for the oatmeal lol)

  • Emily March 23, 2016, 9:59 am

    Are there any foods that you used to love and now suddenly just don’t?
    I used to really love parmesan cheese by itself… But I’ve actually gotten less picky over the years because I used to hate a lot of foods. O_O

    How have your eating habits/patterns changed over the last few years?
    I definitely eat more… I didn’t eat enough for so many years, but I’m grateful for so many foodie bloggers that God has used to give me a more balanced view of really fueling my body for being active and serving Him.
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  • Ellie March 23, 2016, 10:04 am

    I totally think what I eat changes with the seasons or if I want to try something new. I’m pretty open to it. I was really high carb, but recently started feeling better with tons of extra fats, so I’m going with it. I think that’s part of never labeling yourself or your diet, it can change. Being meatless, I don’t crave meat because of what I associate meat with (cruelty) that kind of stops any craving one could have.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles March 23, 2016, 10:26 am

      It can totally change! Fat is great for feeling full – I eat a ton of avocado lately.

  • Heather@hungryforbalance March 23, 2016, 10:51 am

    I totally agree with this! I don’t usually crave salads in the winter or soups in the summer. Sometimes I eat ALL the oatmeal and sometimes I don’t eat it at all. Great post!

  • Suzy March 23, 2016, 10:55 am

    I was a vegetarian in high school but I couldn’t get rid of my craving for cheeseburgers so that’s what eventually did me in. 🙂
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles March 25, 2016, 9:17 am

      I am surprised I gave up meat and chicken so easily without cravings (except for the occasional burger). we shall see if it lasts.

  • Jen@bubblyrunner.com March 23, 2016, 11:15 am

    I definitely eat much healthier now that I’m older (I ate horribly in my 20’s!). I used to crave a variety of packaged foods–chips, cookies, etc. but now I don’t.
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  • Shannon March 23, 2016, 1:33 pm

    I go through food changes all the time. I am a very routine eater, so I eat the same things for a few months and then randomly I will move on to something else and repeat the cycle 🙂 I hope to always stay meatless though.
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  • Fiona March 23, 2016, 3:11 pm

    It’s funny that you posted this because just this week, I’m noticing that the regular things in my week that I normally love, I have no desire whatsoever to eat. Even my favourite chocolate bar on a Sunday night, I didn’t even finish it last week…which is a first for me! I’m such a creature of habit that it’s weird for me to be scratching my head trying to come up with new things to eat but I’m gonna be brave and live outside my bubble! Your choc frozen yogurt combo sounds incredible 🙂
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles March 25, 2016, 9:16 am

      yeah, I am loving that new chocolate sundae combo I created. I hope to get it this weekend!

  • Samantha March 23, 2016, 3:28 pm

    great post. I notice that what I want to eat changes a lot over time. Kind of like hating certain foods then loving them later on. It’s definitely important to listen to your body and not be worried if what you’re eating isn’t what “everyone” else eats/recommends. 🙂
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  • Caroline M March 23, 2016, 4:05 pm

    When I was about 17, I underwent a huge change in appetite. This was also around the time I started training for my first half. I used to HATE oatmeal and peanut butter, but they became favorites of mine. I’m not a vegetarian, but meat has been a lot less appealing lately and I’ve been eating apples like it’s my job recently. It’s weird how our bodies like one thing one day, and hate it the next, but I just accept it and try to honor my cravings!
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  • jen March 24, 2016, 9:41 am

    One of the tricky things about blogging is getting stuck with a certain identity…whether that’s “runner” or “vegetarian” or whatever else. It’s totally okay to grow and change and I think learning to strengthen our inner guides is most important! Thanks for sharing this post and linking to mine!
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  • Christina March 25, 2016, 5:45 am

    Yes!!! I’m off peanut butter at the moment too which is really weird and I keep going back to it because normally it makes me feel so good, but this post reminds me that it will only feel good if we actually want it!

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles March 25, 2016, 9:13 am

      Isn’t it funny how that happens? I am sure I will get back to eating it more regularly again, I can’t imagine not!

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets March 26, 2016, 10:10 am

    You already know how I feel about bagels. They’re kind of everything right now.

    I’m with you on changing taste buds. I went meat free for about five years there, and slowly but surely I’ve been eating bacon here or there, and I even had a grilled hot dog last summer. Basically, if I start to crave it, I’ve decided to eat. It’s my body’s way of telling me something.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles March 27, 2016, 6:21 am

      I think I love your approach. if I have a true craving, I am going to eat it. it really hasn’t happened yet but if it does, then why not

  • Hollie March 27, 2016, 12:12 pm

    It’s definitely important to realize that your diet does change and that isn’t bad. I really enjoyed this post because yes, you might have once liked something…but that doesn’t mean you always have too!
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