Im a big fan of this week’s guest chef. You shall be spared my smittenrant, however, as she is *so* organized that she penned her intro herself.
I give you Fitzalan is a 27 year old cube dweller outside of Washington, DC. She spends as much time being active as possible to offset the effects of computer glare and mindnumbing meetings. She is a certified personal trainer, yet does not train clients anymore. After years of battling against food, she is learning to embrace eating, , and taking better care of her body.
I am a former ‘undereater’.
No, not a meal skipper or anything I thought of as that drastic, instead, I simply aimed to eat as little as possible. I was a normal weight (albeit on the smaller side of the recommended healthy weight), I avoided the freshman fifteen, I hit 25 years old weighing about the same as I did at 18. I did not see myself as being on a diet. I saw this as a lifestyle. One that I thought was normal and something that I could continue forever.
And then the unimaginable happened. I blew my knee out three months prior to my wedding. And like many brides-to-be, I was working towards an unhealthy weight, when this little wrench of not being able to work out was thrown into the mix.
I quickly went from picking out flower arrangements to sitting in physical therapy offices trying to rehabilitate myself enough to walk down the aisle. My doctor decided we would deal with surgery after the wedding.
Due to the fact that I couldn’t work out, I believed that I also couldn’t eat. I was scared of food, I was scared of gaining weight, I was scared of my injury…I was scared.
Two surgeries later and not being able to go to the gym (except for rehabilitation) for one year, I either had to establish a better relationship with food or go insane. My knee injury was severe enough that the doctors believed it would restrict my ability to do almost all physically demanding activities. This changed my priorities from how much I weighed to making sure I would be able to play with my future children outside in the yard.
I needed to eat more, yet I was terrified to do this. So I built myself a little plan and I feel the best that I have felt…ever. Sure the scale is (a bit) higher, but I also feel a million times better,
happier and at ease. I eat a few mini meals throughout the day and my body feels simply incredible, propelling me through long bike rides, gym sessions and simply walking up the stairs.
Typical Mini Meals for Me:
I try to work in multiple food categories into every meal and aim for
whole grains, all natural and reduced fat when possible.
½ cup of plain oats (Grain)
½ cup of water
¼ cup of egg white substitute (Protein)
Handful of fruit. (I prefer blueberries)
(I sometimes add a splash of soy milk and a pinch of flax seed)
Yogurt (typically Kefir) (dairy) and fruit
Whole Wheat Grain
Hummus or Deli Meat (protein)
Add in cut up veggies
1 of either a piece of fruit, dairy or vegetables
Light laughing cow cheese wedge (dairy)
Sliced up veggies
3-5 ounces of lean protein
A serving of grain/starch (aim for whole grain)
Steamed or sautéed veggies or a side salad
Fage yogurt with fruit
Banana with peanut butter
Glass of milk and a few graham crackers
Some days I eat more, some days less. I really work to listen to my body and eat when it is hungry and eat the foods that it is craving (for the most part, I ignore it when it daily says ‘go get me donut holes!’).
These are to serve simply as suggestions that work for me. I too am learning (slowly) to take care of my body with the respect and fuel that it deserves. Eat well and get moving, because you never know what is around the next turn.