I get the question a lot – “so, what diet are you on?”.
To be honest, I think it’s a normal question to ask for most people – there are so many diets out there these days it’s honestly hard to catch up!
But I’m about to probably shock a lot of people – I don’t follow a certain diet!
Instead, I mix all the ways of eating that I like into a personalized eating lifestyle.
In other words, I mix a few into one that works best for me and where I’m at in life right now – it’s easy, non-confirmative, and is less stressful!
Fad diets never get you anywhere – starving yourself, sacrificing macronutrients, eating disorders and binge eating never appealed to me, personally.
I’m not saying I never tried a few of them, but it didn’t take me long to know that I didn’t want to live my whole life worrying about food! It’s not worth it.
So instead, I looked at the ways of eating I liked and ones that fit into my green, natural, organic lifestyle! (this would be tip number one – find ways you like and something that fit’s into your own personal lifestyle)
One thing I do strive for, though, is a maximum of 1,200 calories per day. Sometimes this will stretch to 1,300 calories in a day, but I try my hardest to stick to the above and rarely exceed that amount.
I had three or four in the beginning that I liked, and knew would go along with my lifestyle:
- Intentional Eating
Let me go through these and just give you a quick run down on what each of these eating styles are, and what they mean to eating habits!
Flexitarianism: is a 75% plant-based eating style that occasionally includes meat. It is the sister to vegetarianism and pescetarianism but includes meat where the others do not.
For me, this is where I first started. It’s also my “main” habit – I try to eat meat at dinnertime, but abstain from it until then.
Veganism: while this is a current food style and very popular, it’s nothing new! this is in a class all by itself – this is a 100% vegetable, whole grain, fruit diet in it’s healthiest form. There are a few different classes to veganism, but this is the healthiest version at its best.
I like to follow this eating style for my snacks during the day – it keeps them clean, natural, low in calorie, high in macronutrients and full of flavor!
Intentional Eating: this simply means you pay attention to your body – you eat when you are hungry, you stop when you are full!
I try my hardest to follow this throughout the day – no matter what meal of the day it is, or even a snack. It’s quite simple, really, and you can practice this even without following a healthy eating lifestyle – though of course, I recommend that either way.
Paleo: is a diet based on the types of foods eaten by our ancestors, consisting chiefly of meat, fish, vegetables, and fruit, and excluding dairy or grain products and processed foods.
This is considered to be the King of eating lifestyles by doctors and nutrition specialists – an equal amount of all naturally eaten substances, that kept our ancestors (mostly) free from disease and sickness, and complete macronutrients.
I suppose this is what I am gradually working toward in my journey of natural, authentic and green living – however, I do have an affinity (at least, at the moment) for cheese, butter, yogurt, pasta, cereal, and caffeine!
BUT, I am sooo much further along than I was just 5 short months ago – and can only climb higher and learn more about my authenticity! So I am excited!
So, just how do I blend all of these together?! Let’s take a look!
I have the Paleo lifestyle as a set vision for myself in the future – so that is a day in, day out vision that I keep in the back of my mind.
However, the other meals I have in a sequence of sorts if that makes sense, and how I use each one.
BREAKFAST – is flexitarian, and intentionally eaten. I do try to keep this under 300 calories, preferably under 280.
LUNCH – also flexitarian, intentionally eaten, and is normally a plant-based meal as I usually try to hold the meat to be eaten at dinner. Calories differ on this one!
SNACKS – are vegan based and are usually fruits, veggies, or organic smoothies. Love them!
DINNER – this is where the majority of the meat consumption is, and I prefer it that way. I don’t go crazy, though, and prefer to go to bed on a lighter stomach for health reasons 🙂 This is still flexitarian based and intentionally eaten.
So as you can see, it’s not very complicated.
Right now it consists of 90% flexitarian eating habits (meals) and 10% vegan habits (snacks) and to be honest – I’ve never felt better!
I also drink the recommended amount of water each day as well, which has also contributed to helping me on this journey!
How far away am I from an all-paleo lifestyle? I don’t really know yet, I’m trying not to rush it – and take little steps at a time.
I’m just proud of how far I’ve come!
So there you have it! I’ve spilled it all on how my eating habits have gone from very unhealthy to the healthiest they have been so far – I look forward to the future to see just how much better it may become!
It’s not an easy road, but I’m convinced it’s the best road in general – and especially for me.
Taking care of yourself, and the body Christ has given you is so very very important and should be a top priority. God created it, we’re to take care if it!
I hope this post has helped you a little bit and possibly helped open up some new ideas for your own life.
As always, remember to keep the comments mature and polite!