Cheat Meals are Bullshit

Donut Curve

Cheat meals are a weird concept “I’m going to eat clean all week and then reward myself for eating clean by eating a large amount of food”. I get not wanting to deprive yourself of food you enjoy, but what if instead of planning out a binge fest you actually ate food when you truly wanted it and not used it as a reward?

Instead of rewarding yourself with food, try out the 80/20 rule, 80% of the time you eat whole foods and 20% of the time you maybe get a little off track and eat a fucking donut or some other food that truly brings you joy. It’s important to find balance in your eating and not reward yourself with food. I find the 80/20 rule to be less stressful and a hell of a lot more enjoyable. Learn how to make healthy decisions as you go throughout life. Learn how to say no to certain foods when you really just don’t want them or they just aren’t worth it. Making healthy decisions will help you to create positive habits and help you maintain a healthy lifestyle long term. Also, a bit of a side note but I try not to refer to foods as good and bad because when you eat a food that you’ve labelled as bad it makes you feel negative after eating it. Eating should not make you feel horrible about yourself, remember that.

I used to plan my life around my weekly cheat meal, I would stress all week trying to decide what I should eat because I literally wanted to eat everything. I would always go way over board on this “cheat” and wind up feeling ill and horrible about myself. Looking back I think there were very few times that I actually enjoyed the cheat meal itself. I’m not judging anyone who chooses to participate in cheat meals, I just truly believe that we shouldn’t be using food as a reward.

The Pursuit of Abs

I’ve wanted a six pack for as long as I can remember, I won’t say it’s my main goal in life (increasing my booty size is number 1 #dreambig) but it’s ranked pretty high on my list of goals. How cool would it be to just whip off your shirt wherever, whenever and your abs would look like someone could do their laundry on them right then and there. Having abs year round would be the definition of awesome, no need to prepare for bathing suit weather when your body is permanently ready for it. However, a huge enthusiast of “if you have a body, then you have a bikini body” meaning that anyone can and should be able to wear a bikini, free of judgement. I have goals for myself and most of those goals are fitness related because that’s what I’m passionate about. I’m not quite sure what it takes to get abs because well, I’ve never had them but I’m excited to find out. My goal is to have visual ab definition by August and then maintain them through the winter months. I know the main component of maintaining abs is nutrition and I plan to eat the cleanest I’ve ever eaten.

Here’s my game plan to get abs:

  • Cardio – I’ve mentioned my hate for it previously but cardio is effective in fat loss. I’m going to be adding cardio in 3x a week in the morning.
  • Whole 30 – My next whole 30 starts Today, then after I’m finished I’m going to England for 10 days. I’m planning to stay on track with my goals while in England. When I get back from the land of royalty and corgi’s I’m going to do another full blown Whole 30 and then move towards food freedom, keeping to the whole 30 principles with a few exceptions.

  • Crossfit- I’ve been absolutely loving Crossfit so far and I’m hoping to continue it at least 2x per week.
  • Workout 5-6 days a week consistently – I’ve been consistent at the gym for a while now, but now I’m making it mandatory. The trickiest part for me has been making a program for myself the days I’m not at crossfit, I just don’t want to be too sore for the workouts there because well those workouts have been BRUTAL, good but brutal.
  • Do more core – Some people avoid leg day, I avoid core day. 

I’ll keep updating on whether or not my abs have come in. Also do you just wake up with abs one day or like how does that work? I guess I’ll find out. 

 

 

I did the Whole 30 and I didn’t cry

The Whole30 was an amazing experience for me. I was nervous to start, I was afraid I would feel extremely restricted in what I was able to eat. For those of you who don’t know, the Whole 30 is a lifestyle reset, it’s not a diet, the main focus of the Whole 30 is to change bad habits and build a better relationship with food. For 30 days you consume only whole foods (no added sugar not even honey or stevia). Fruit is allowed and best of all potatoes are allowed!  Basically your meals consist of meat, veggie, and healthy fats. It’s so simple that it boggles my mind that more people aren’t doing it and did I mention that you can eat potatoes?! One of the other restrictions which throws people off is that you aren’t allowed to make healthier versions of junk foods, no paleo pop tarts or banana pancakes, or health cookies. The whole philosophy behind this is that your body doesn’t know the difference between the healthy and the junk version, which goes in line with building a better relationship with food. As a person who was once a prisoner to bulimia and binge eating disorder this was just the program I needed to stop feeling bad about eating and start focusing on what feels best for my body.

I’m not going to lie I’ve tried many “diets” in my life and they usually ended in tears and self loathing. I knew the Whole 30 was the real deal when I didn’t cry and give up during the first week. In the first week I felt my energy increase, my bloating decreased drastically, and I was feeling satisfied after each meal. My biggest down fall before the Whole 30 was snacking late at night and I still had the same urge to run to the kitchen and grab something to stuff my face with. I soon realized that it was my brain that was making me think I was hungry because my body was still feeling satisfied from my last meal of the day.

During the Whole 30 I never experienced any headaches or intense cravings, I think this is because I slowly eased myself into it. At the beginning of January I set a start date of February 17, I cut things out one at a time so I wouldn’t get the sugar withdrawal most people experience while doing the Whole 30. I don’t know if the creators of the Whole 30 would recommend this but I do. I don’t believe in doing anything cold turkey because I personally usually always fail.

I made it through all 30 days without yelling at anyone, crying, cheating or passing out so all in all it was a damn good experience. Although the Whole 30 isn’t a weight loss program, most people do experience weight loss, personally I lost 14 lbs. I ate potatoes almost everyday and I still lost weight, someone pinch me, I must be dreaming.

The biggest take away from this journey are the non-scale victories you experience. There is a list of non-scale victories on the whole 30 site. Here are just a few of the non scale victories I noticed:

  • Clothes fitting better
  • Whiter teeth (Seriously!)
  • Leaner appearance
  • Confidence
  • Less PMS symptoms
  • Became more creative in the kitchen
  • Improved memory
  • Improved attention span
  • Energy, So. Much. Energy.
  • Actually being able to sleep through the night
  • Flatter stomach
  • Fewer blemishes
  • Eczema started improving!
  • My face got thinner
  • Food tasted better, I never like raspberries and now they’re my favourite.

I could literally go on and on about all the other non-scale victories I experienced but I think you get the point. The non scale victories are way more important to me then the weight on the scale. This is why the whole 30 encourages people not to weigh in during the 30 days. The program is designed to make you feel good, and see what works with your body. I recommend giving this a try, it’s seriously life changing!

Here are some of my tips for a successful Whole 30:

  • Meal Prep – I cooked up big batches of protein, potatoes, veggies. I had easy to grab veggies, fruit and spring mix. I’m all about quick and convenient.
  • Do the Research – Read Food Freedom Forever, print out the shopping lists from the whole 30 site. Research brands that are whole 30 friendly, like Wholly Guacamole (a staple in my whole 30) and Frank’s Red Hot Sauce!
  • Clean – Clean out any foods in your house that may tempt you during the 30 days.
  • Look up Recipes – Pinterest, the Whole 30 cookbook, food bloggers etc. Find recipes that you know you’ll enjoy making.
  • Slowly Ease into it- if you are a sugar fiend, maybe try slowly cutting it out before starting, same with grains or any other food that might be a staple in your current diet.
  • Follow Melissa Hartwig (co-creator of the Whole 30) on Social Media – I was inspired by how she lives and eats and I also have a small girl crush on her.
  • Grab a Friend – have someone close to you join you for the 30 days, it makes it easier when you have a support system!
  • Set a Date- Pick a time that you know you won’t be travelling a lot or pick a time that is less stressful for you.
  • Make Whole 30 Ranch – It’s amazing, such a game changer.

Start Fueling your body with whole foods, it will thank you!