I like to mix up my way of eating every once in a while just to keep things interesting. I had heard about the benefits of a vegetarian diet so I figured I would give it a whirl .I made it a whole entire 7 days on the Vegan life style. I was just so hungry that I couldn’t take it anymore. I have to blame myself for this. My diet largely consisted of Vegan protein shakes with fruit once or twice a day and vegetables. So my 7 day diet did not include any rice, beans, potatoes, etc. I have been on the low carb lifestyle for almost 7 years and it is so hard for me to eat carbs now and not feel guilty. I guess that could be considered a good thing or a bad thing. I have to say that I feel that beans, brown rice and potatoes are not horrible food items. There are definitely worse things that I could be eating. However I used to have no control where carbs were concerned. I definitely have to give praise to God for all the eating issues I have overcome. I rarely went a day without eating something sweet, usually skittles or starburst. Putting away a whole cheesecake was nothing for me. I have to credit my faith in the Lord and myself for overcoming my eating disorder. I consider overeating or food addiction an eating disorder. I always think when I see someone who is struggling with their weight that there is no way that they have a healthy relationship with food. I remember the days of sneaking food when I was a child or eating by myself so no one knew what I was eating. It was not a healthy way to live. I don’t even crave those foods now. Don’t get me wrong I will something absolutely delish looking on Pinterest and start licking my lips. The difference in me now is that I don’t feel like I absolutely have to have it. I don’t feel like I need to run off an eat in secret. FOOD no longer has that control over me that it used to have. I can treat myself now and not feel guilty. I can have a “cheat meal” and it doesn’t turn into a cheat month or a cheat year. Finally at 37 years old I feel like I’m in control over my eating. I have to credit Low Carb living as well. Eliminating sweets and junk food from my diet for so long made me realize that I don’t even miss them anymore. I have learned to value my health more. I have learned that being a good example to my children and family is of the utmost importance. I would definitely encourage anyone who is struggling with food addictions to seek help. Try reaching out to a therapist or even a family member who can understand where you are coming from.
So I’m back to low carbing. It is where I feel comfortable. I think that is the most important thing for anyone who is on a weight loss/fitness journey. Find something that you can stick with for life. It won’t stick if you don’t actually enjoy what you are eating. I don’t feel deprived and I love eating my protein an veggies. I am currently putting together all my favorite low carb recipes to share with you so stay tuned !