I think I fell into the vegan junk food trap over the holidays. Except it started during finals week and it’s lasted past the new year. Needless to say, I’m in a need of a reset.
I’m sure I’m not the only one whose overindulged recently and is ready to get back on track, so that’s why I wanted to share this. Plus, you’ll hold me accountable, so now I have to follow through!
Typically I avoid oil, refined sugar and processed foods, but recently that went out the window. I find it difficult to maintain my eating habits when I’m home for the holidays or even a weekend. Maybe it’s because I never ate super clean while I lived there, or maybe I just use it as an excuse to eat actual garbage. We don’t need to get into behavioral psychology today. The point is I’ve been eating poorly. Since I adopted a whole foods vegan diet, my body became very sensitive to dietary changes. Just one day of unhealthy or abnormal eating and I feel it, so now that it’s been weeks, I feel plain bad.
Surprisingly, I did recently pick up two good habits. I mentioned before that I’m making hydration a priority by meeting my daily water goal. There are tons of different rules about how much water you should drink and honestly, I don’t know which one to abide by, so I just picked one. I found the number of ounces with my weight in pounds divided by two. It’s a small but important goal I can reach everyday. My skin has clearly appreciated my efforts. Also, I’ve never been a huge citrus fan, but clementines are my new favorite snack. Like I just bought a whole box of them. It’s happening.
I’ve made two steps forward, but there’s more work to be done. Of course, oil and refined sugar have got to go, but I have some plans beyond that.
Firstly, more raw foods! Unless it’s summer, I’ll pretty much always take cooked foods over raw. I’m always cold, so eating cold food is rather unappealing. Though it’s winter and I’d happily live on potatoes, pasta, and oatmeal, I’m determined to incorporate more raw veggies into my diet. Secondly, I’m in need of more variety. I tend to eat the same meals or meals with similar ingredients out of convenience, but it’s boring and not the healthiest either.
I suppose it’s time to look for new recipes. If you have any favorites, I’d love to know. I’m looking forward to getting my eating habits back to a good place. It’s been a little stressful and scattered lately (hence no post last Sunday) and eating well is one of the best ways to feel better. Later this month, I’ll be doing a What I Eat in a Day post, so stay tuned to see how my efforts pan out and get your hands on some recipes.
Talk to you in a few days! Expect less rambles and some beauty.