When a lot of your friends are food and fitness bloggers, or gahhh healthy living blogger, it’s easy to feel a little like the black sheep for not spending more time in the kitchen creating beautiful master pieces from nothing but food that you foraged in your own backyard.
Every time I plate up a new meal for my family, I’m see shock and a hint of fear as they wonder what exactly it will taste like.
I don’t blame them, there have been some spectacular failures! Like the brownies I made without eggs that resulted in a pan of fudge (umm still delish) or the pie crust I set on fire over Christmas.
And so with those two confessions already out there, let’s have a few more…
Confessions of Healthy Living Blogger
I still manage to eat plenty of veggies by creating power bowl meals, but I’d also say my lack of cooking is why at some point every week I fall in to the “nothing sounds good” mode and just eat cereal instead. Usually about that time I’m scrolling through Instagram seeing the fabulously plated meals of my friends and feeling like ughhh I’m a fake. But I’m not, I’m just real.
I hate the term healthy living blogger to be honest and never describe myself that way…but I do know that a person who talks non-stop about working out and eating well, probably falls in that category.
Crockpot is My Fancy
Usually when I look at recipes, if they have over 7 ingredients (ok maybe 5) I’m out. Simple is required because I hate having ingredients on hand that never get used, I’m not a super foodie and David definitely likes the basics.
Chocolate is Required
I can’t count the press trips I’ve been on, where people seem enthralled by my choice to enjoy dessert daily. “Are you going to tell your readers you eat that?!” Um yes. There is no dogma around here about perfect eating, just focusing on 7-9 servings of veggies daily.
Undramatic Weight loss
I didn’t have a massive 50lb weight loss in a few short months by switching to a whole new way of eating. Instead I made little changes that helped me to create a new lifestyle, slowly losing weight over the course of years. The result being a weight loss maintained for over a decade without angst. In fact, I detail it all in the Clean and Lean Blueprint.
Cereal is Dinner
I know breakfast for dinner is a totally normal thing, but usually that’s referring to eggs or bacon. But honestly a lot of days, I’m just not terribly hungry in the evening and nothing sounds as delicious as a bowl of cereal…yes my weird cereal, carrots, nut butter concoction.
Do I feel better without dairy? 100%. Do I still find myself sucked in to eating a piece of pizza every Friday when my husband pulls a thick cheesy piece of pizza out of the oven? Yes. What can I say, the smell gets me every time and it’s a total comfort food. Luckily keeping out the rest of the dairy, seems to make this one little slip ok with my body.
Soooooo in our kitchen we have a cabinet of “David’s food”, which used to keep me from eating his less than healthy treats. Now I find myself sneaking in there occasionally and yes still hiding some of my good stuff to keep him from eating it! He can’t tell the difference between my expensive gluten free cereal and that cardboard stuff, so yes I hide it rather than offering it up to make him healthier.
(ummm you might note the goodnessknows snack I mention below is hidden, he has no idea it’s in the house!)
It’s true, I still get ab envy. I’ve learned to love my body thanks to running and hey I know I’ve got some rockin’ calves, but yup I still find myself thinking “oh man, maybe I’d have more followers if I looked like that“. It’s just always a reminder to me that none of us are perfect or have it all! Every blogger I’ve talked to sees something in someone else they wish they had from abs to a puppy to a kitchen.
I Hate Your Plans
When I first started losing weight, I tried following the 30 Day Ab Diet and then I played with low carb and I played with high protein. But honestly, I’ve never once been able to follow a meal plan or a training plan. I don’t like being told what to do I guess! My training plans change day by day based on my goals and how my body feels. When it comes to food, I’ve learned that eating intuitively just feels better and less stressful.
Working from home means that my day begins with a run and leads directly in to writing, checking social media and responding to emails. You might notice there was no shower in that process. I’m in such a productive mindset after my workout, that I often don’t shower until I take a walk in the afternoon!
I’m Ready for Early Retirement
David would tell you that I should probably as for senior citizen discounts as I eat dinner before 6 and fall asleep promptly at 9 to arise sans alarm clock at 5 am. Yeah that means, I’m not out partying and showing off crazy times with friends, but dang I’m getting seriously good sleep every night!
One Little Change
My friends at goodnessknows challenged me to try making a new small change to start the year, as part of growing and learning to be a better me.
I knew where to start: the kitchen.
Based on all my confessions, this shouldn’t be a surprise!! In losing weight, I found that making one tiny change at a time led to lasting results and so I’m going to employ that here as well! Because no matter how small, every little step moves us forward.
I’d been considering a crazy challenge to create a recipe from Run Fast. Eat Slow. every day…then every week and then realized I was already thinking too big.What if instead of overhauling your routine, you started to #tryalittlegoodness Click To Tweet
Instead, I’m committing to 6 tiny changes, until they become habits.
- Compile ingredients for a one dish/crockpot meal over the weekend (just having it means I won’t let it go to waste, but I’m not picking when I’ll cook it yet. Remember baby steps)
- Upon bringing in groceries, immediately slice some veggies and an apple.
- Pick out 1 healthier treat like my goodnessknows snack squares, which totally satisfy the sweet tooth in small amounts, to try as a replacement for reaching for David’s cookies when cravings strike. (hey if it’s in the house, I’ll eat it at some point, so making a switch would help us both).
- Double up my one dish meal and freeze half.
- Put less healthy options on opaque containers or wrap in foil (apparently seeing less of them makes you less likely to eat them!).
- Pop a mint while cookie to stop tasting during cooking.
Like I said, small changes!And in fact, I’m not one who waits until the New Year to start practicing on my goals. While my parents were here, I tried a couple of new crock pot meals that were a hit and not so far outside my skill set as to stress me out!
Now back to #3 above, let’s talk about why I’ll be munching on goodnessknows snack squares when I go hiking. I’m not creating a crazy resolution to suddenly make all of my food! I’m focusing on making smart choices, one’s that feel good and fit my lifestyle. Why goodnessknows?
- Gluten free!
- Divided into 4 squares for my love of bite size snacking
- Even all 4 squares is only 150 calories
- Dark chocolate on everything!
- Delicious flavors like cranberry, almond, dark chocolate and new flavors like mixed berries, almond, dark chocolate; blueberry, almond, dark chocolate; strawberry, peanut, dark chocolate
- No artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners
For me these are perfect as a bite sized way to fuel during our long outings! A little bit of sweetness, a little bit of crunch, a nice protein boost and hey they make me smile, so that alone is worth it. Now your turn to Think Out Loud with me!
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What’s one small change you could make for a better 2017?
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