What should I be eating?

Some of the diet, recipe, cooking, food books I have.

Have you ever found yourself obsessing over what you eat? Have you skipped out on certain foods? What about the fad diets, have you done them? I know I have and they have not worked for me. I remember when breakfast was the most important meal of the day for energy and weight loss. All of a sudden I’m hearing that having a big breakfast is not good anymore but to instead drink a green juice/smoothie. Or how about how lean meat was okay but now all meat is bad. And, have you noticed that high fructose corn syrup has been on almost everything? Scary! Wasn’t snacking 2 times a day good and that 5 to 6 meals a day is really great for your metabolism? Yet, now I am reading that eating many small meals a day is bad for you as well. Oh yeah, have you heard of this crazy rumor that fruit should be limited because it has a lot of sugar!! Insane! Craziness! Or just plain Mad!

Is anything even good for you anymore?!

I have done the juicing for a week and I gained the 3 pounds that I lost right back. I was hungry and very nauseous the whole time. I freaked because I seriously thought I was pregnant!! (I’m not btw)

I did the whole no carb thing as well. Bad mistake, since I’m hispanic, we pretty much eat carbs with just about anything and every meal!!! Tortillas, Rice, Pan Dulce (sweet bread), and if no other carb is around we use regular sandwich bread to substitute the tortillas.

I have also eaten really bad ever since becoming a stay-at-home-mom. Its not my little angel’s fault at all!! Its all mine, my fiance and I just got really lazy and just kept buying fast food. When a baby arrives and you don’t have much help around, it gets really hard to be able to prepare meals. Fast food is just more convenient to get than going to the grocery store. Sad but true.

When I was with my parents my mom would always make us eat breakfast! Honestly, when I did eat breakfast I didn’t get hungry until lunch hour came around in school. When I ate breakfast I also did better on tests because I wasn’t stressing out about the room-being-so-quiet-that-if-my-stomach-growled-it-would-be-the-end-of-me. My mom would also have fruit on the kitchen counter and in the refrigerator. So when my sister and I got home from school, we usually snacked on plums or strawberries. For dinner, my mom would always make us have a protein (like grilled chicken, grilled pork chops, or blackened tilapia) and 2 to 3 sides of vegetables plus rice (seriously every dinner had rice or tortillas). Oh and we could not leave the table unless we ate the vegetables. I used to hate her for that but now I appreciate it because I do not mind eating veggies at all. Another thing that I thank my mom for is that she never let us have soda past 9 pm. It didn’t always mean that we could have soda before because well sometimes she never bought any unless she threw a party. My mom would always have juice, iced tea and water in the fridge. Those were always the three options available and most of the time I picked water. My mom would also have chips, popsicles, and cookies around as well. My sister and I ate them too, we just didn’t overeat them. I think that is the problem today and where I have gone wrong. I have tried to completely stop eating those items that when I do eat some of those items, I eat more than I should which then causes guilt.

So I have to ask, did I really grow up eating the wrong things?! Or has the obsession with being size 00 and not eating certain foods really the right way to go?

I am 8 pounds heavier after baby and the fast food consumption that I have taken on. (About 4 of those 8 pounds are due to the fast food.) I realize now that I am not Jessica Biel or Heidi Klum. I also don’t want rock hard abs, I just want to fit into my clothes and look decent. I am a normal girl, living a normal life with a normal fiance who has a baby. I can take as long as I can to take the weight off. I rather do it slowly because all these crazy diets and binge eating is backfiring.

So, I say goodbye diet fads and trends!! I will do what works best for me! So here is the plan… it is really simple actually. Eat fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean protein, and have chips, cookies, or ice cream.

I think it is pretty obvious that fruits and veggies are a must! Whole wheat and whole grain foods are obviously better than white. Protein will keep you full and carbs give you energy. Last but not least, it is okay if eat sweets! Sweets will not be a treat but instead it will be under the category dessert that I will have each day. I feel like I am so traumatized that I am actually going to have a hard time not feeling guilty every time I eat. I am tired of feeling guilty for doing something that comes natural to human beings! EATING!


4 thoughts on “What should I be eating?

  1. I totally agree! I think everyone is different and some things work better for others. I don’t think any one diet can work for everyone. The one thing that works for me is to have a hugeeeee smoothie in the morning with vegetables (lettuce, kale, dandelion leaves) and fruit (berries, bananas, pears). This keeps me full for ages, and gives me tons of energy. I also notice when I do this I don’t feel like eating ‘bad’ things the majority of the time. But I always have a cheat day here and there. I hope you find what works for you πŸ™‚

    • That smoothie sounds delicious and nutritious! The cheat day idea sounds great too! That way you are not depriving yourself. I’m hoping that I will find what works for me and stick with it like you have. πŸ™‚

  2. I see you have one of Michael Pollan’s books in the picture … I think he said it best:

    “Eat Food, not too much, mostly plants…”

    By food, he means real food, not processed… This is probably the best dietary advice ever… and the easiest to follow if you don’t mind cooking. There’ll always be fad diets and each one will get supplanted by the newest craze.

    • I agree with you 100%. (I love that book, by the way.) I think its crazy all the new ideas to eat and what not to eat. I hate that I even followed one of them but I do agree with what Michael Pollan says. Its funny because he even says that its funny that he wrote a book telling people what they should eat. πŸ™‚

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