title taken from miss peanut butter jenny.
so — for those of you who have been following me for a while, it may seem like i am constantly starting and stopping various challenges (whole30, yoga every day, etc…), diets (raw food, macrobiotics, vegetarian, paleo, etc…), and the like. i don’t want to seem like a quitter. in all honesty i’m not a quitter in most areas of life – i have been doing yoga regularly for years, i’ve been in choirs since i was 7, i’m pretty good at keeping a stable job (especially compared to most people in my generation!).
unfortunately, i seem to be flaky when it comes to eating habits.
i know – i said i was going to do the whole30.
but – i can’t. i just can’t. i won’t get into it here, but my past is littered with food issues. suffice it to say, my body is still recovering from the hell i once put it through (still putting it through, some might say).
i do have a new “plan”, if you can call it that. it goes something like this:
- eat 2500+ calories a day. every day.
- don’t weigh yourself. (i threw out the scale – literally.)
- give away the clothes that do not fit you anymore.
- eat breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, and snack – every day.
- eat whatever the fuck you want to eat. nothing is off limits.
- mantra: “I will have good days and bad days but my value is not determined by my weight and I intend to nourish myself at the start of each day.”
for more on why i’m doing this, read do i need 2500 calories?
now guess what? YOU can do this too. women need nourishment. women need curves. we need to stop taking pride in eating like birds. a 5’10″ woman should not be living on 1500 calories a day, even if that’s what she thinks she needs to eat to maintain her weight. for that matter, a 5’0″ woman should not be living on 1500 calories a day either! if you are eating less than 2000 calories a day, please, do your body a favor and bump it up a notch. eat what you want to eat. eat when you are hungry. give your body what it needs.
(and if you are in the “trying to lose weight” camp, i have read that if you’re not making progress, try increasing your calories for a while, and your metabolism will get fired up. it might be that you’re having trouble losing weight because you are actually not eating enough. i know that doesn’t sound like it makes sense, but it works. i promise.)