I have to confess that I never really thought there would come a time in my life when I was worried I wasn’t eating enough but feel this good. I’ve always associated severe calorie cutting with headaches and fatigue. Apparently I just wasn’t doing it right.
I’ve started a new lifestyle. How many times have we heard that? Well it’s true. It’s been over two weeks, and I’ve managed to eat completely clean about 90% of the time. I say 90 because there was a wedding in there somewhere, and who can eat clean at weddings?
Here are the rules. Eat whole, real foods. That’s it. I’ve gone to that rule of ‘if you can’t pronounce it, you can’t eat it’. I mean within reach, because I still don’t know how to pronounce acai every time. But that’s all I’m following. I’m not counting calories or restricting. If I want something, I can have it, I just have to find a natural way of making it.
At first it found it a tiny bit hard to think of what to eat. But after a few days, I got in the habit of throwing as many veggies in my shopping basket as possible, and then building from there. Because I live on my own, I don’t always have to make full meals. I can just throw something together.
The results? Holy crap I feel AMAZING!! Like seriously, best thing I’ve ever done in my entire life. I simply never have to think about my body anymore. It works, is has energy, it doesn’t pull me down… it’s awesome. And the better I feel, the easier it is to continue eating clean. I just instinctively think about what foods to throw on my plate to nourish my body and make me feel the best. I’m even eating beats! Who eats beats???
Now back to my original question. Am I eating enough calories? A few things have naturally just sort of fallen out of my diet. Bread being a major one. I eat a ton of fruits and veggies, and it really is surprising how little protein you really need. I was eating waaaaaay to much. I feel like I’m eating way less then I used to overall, and yet… I don’t feel like I’m deprived.
When I used to go some time without eating, or eat too little, I would feel irritable, drained and just generally miserable. I knew a hunger headache like it was an old friend. But I never get those anymore. Never. I’m torn between this ‘am I eating enough?’ worry and ‘holy crap I feel great! so don’t worry!’. If I wasn’t eating enough, wouldn’t I feel it?
I have never wanted to starve myself. Even at my biggest, when it felt like I could never be thin again, I didn’t take that step. I may have thought about it, but I didn’t do it. And now that I’m being so healthy, I don’t want to be thwarted by accidentally malnourishment myself. It seems strange to think of starting to count calories to make sure I’m having enough food instead of dieting.
I guess health is never a one way street.