weigh in wednesday.

by Janetha on May 4, 2011

in meals

happy wednesday.

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crap. i totally missed the memo.

i got a comment yesterday on my guilt free creamy pasta recipe post and it got the wheels in my little brain turning.  thought it would be a good topic for the blog and i want you all to weigh in with your thoughts.

disclaimer: if you are easily triggered with serious talk about food choices and what you eat.. probably skip this post and tune in later for a fun giveaway.

as you may or may not know, i posted a recipe for a creamy, cheesy pasta that was low calorie, low sugar, low sodium and low(er) in fat.  i get a huge kick out of creating healthier versions of anything and everything.  because the pasta had SO much going on and the title: “creamy cheesy roasted tomato and basil chicken pasta with broccoli” wasn’t very catchy, i went with “guilt free creamy pasta”~ much shorter and explains what it is.

anyway, here is the comment i received:

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i wasn’t able to email lisa back because she left an unworking email, but i felt like i should address the comment.  this was my reply:

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this all happened yesterday, and the topic weighed heavily on my mind for the rest of the night.  i want to spew my thoughts, because i am real good at that.

blogging can be a touchy thing.  there is a whole spectrum of readers and you never know who will read your post and what they will take from it.  i simply blog my thoughts honestly, while trying not to offend folks.. although i am sure it has happened time and again.

i am not saying that others should EVER feel guilty for their own choices, but i do have my own opinion and am not afraid to voice it on my blog. after all, it is my blog and i pride myself on being open, honest and real.

so.. let’s get real!

first of all, i never judge someone or look down on them for their food and fitness choices.  why would someone think less of someone else because they eat or exercise differently? that is crazy to me. i have never and will never think more or less of a person based on what they eat or how much or little they choose to exercise. i mentioned this in my no sugar challenge 1 week recap and want to mention it again. while i make my own choices, decisions and goals that i believe are best for me, i don’t necessarily think these are the best decisions for the next guy or gal.  we are all individuals and the choices we make are our own and i will never judge you for eating a whole truckload of sugar. i really could not care less if you choose to do that.. i just hope you don’t get a cavity, because those hurt real bad. kapeesh?

i share my own thoughts, goals, challenges and experiences with you simply because i like to share.  i believe sharing is caring (right, holly?) and i would hope that at least a few people will benefit from my own personal rambles about what i am doing in my life.  that is the drive and motivation behind meals & moves.  i love to talk about what is working, what isn’t working, what tastes good, what is fun, what is not.. you get the idea.  and i believe you read my blog because you like to read these rambles (at least i hope.)

alright.. moving on.

in blogworld and otherwise (but especially blogworld) it seems that it is a bad thing to prefer eating foods because they are low calorie/carb/fat/whatever.  it is common to hear people say you should eat whatever makes you happy whenever you want and you shouldn’t feel bad when and if you want to eat a donut for breakfast. embrace the donut.

i do agree with this to an extent.  i believe you definitely should eat what you want when you want. that’s up to you. we make choices of what to eat multiple times a day, day after day after day.  but i also believe that you should eat things that fall in line with your own personal goals.  if you have a goal to eat clean, lose weight or even to maintain.. you can’t exactly gorge yourself on fettuccini alfredo for dinner each night. it just doesn’t work like that.  (and if you have a goal to gain a bunch of weight and muscle, like marshall, then you can eat ten zillion calories day after day…)

i have never been someone who labels food as “good” or “bad”.  i have always looked at food as either delicious or not delicious.  i never refused to eat something because it was “bad”.  ever.  i want to throw that out there right up front.. because i know a lot of people have had (or still have) issues with labeling food as good vs. bad.  i have never had “fear foods” or foods that i refused to eat because they are “bad”.  i want to make it clear that i have never had this type of relationship with food because it probably has a lot to do with the rest of my thoughts.

yes, i have declined eating something because it didn’t fall in line with my eating plans for that day, but that doesn’t mean i think it’s a bad food. it just means that i will have to save that one for free day because eating too much of it would take me further from my goals.  i am a very goal-oriented gal and so that’s how i work. others are not (right linds?), it’s a very personal thing.  oh, and of course there are times when i have thrown all goals out the window and just ate everything and anything with no regard or goals whatsoever. lots of times, actually. it’s called being human. no, i am not a goal-setting-and-achieving robot.. sorry to burst your bubble.

anyway, the word that brought all these thoughts on: guilt.

i don’t necessarily feel guilty if i go against my clean eating goals and indulge in a high-fat/calorie/sodium/sugar meal.  this is something i do quite often, actually.  i have always been one to indulge in the most delicious things in life!  i love eating out and i have never once counted my calories or restricted myself from truly enjoying my food. when i am on vacation, the only thing i plan is where i am going to eat next. i. love. food.

BUT.. i do get discouraged if it happen to eat a whole pint of ben & jerry’s or a basket full of bread and butter or a plate full of deep fried calamari (you get the idea) when i am trying to stay on track.  i have been eating pretty much the same way for the past 2 1/2 years. i “eat clean” 6 days a week and take one free day a week.  this is a method i adopted from body for life.  it works for me because i am able to stay on track with my goals while still able to have those things i love so much (like a whole pint of ben & jerry’s or a basket full of bread and butter or a plate full of deep fried calamari…) yes, there have been times when i don’t eat this way.  during the holidays, while on vacation, immediately after getting married, and a few other times where i just let my 6 days on/1 day off habits go. but for the most part, it’s what i do. it works for me. it is tried and true and i like it.  for ME.

there is a lot of taboo about feeling bad about eating foods that ARE high in calories (sometimes labeled as “indulgent”) because there is the movement that we should not label food as good or bad and we should eat whatever we feel like.  well, yeah, i agree.. i don’t label food good or bad, but i know that if i eat these indulgent foods day in and day out, i will gain a bunch of weight and none of my clothes will fit and i will be an unhappy camper.

i am not afraid to talk about it. i am not going to sugar coat everything and say “oh, look, i can eat whatever i want! i can eat intuitively and only eat when i am hungry, stop when i am full and eat treats daily in moderation!”  because i can’t. and that’s not me. as much as i would love to be the person would could do all that without gaining a bunch of weight and being uncomfortable in my skin, i am not. that metabolism left me about five years ago and i am fairly certain it isn’t coming back.  there are days that it is a huge struggle to stay on track with my maintenance goals and other days that it’s just like clockwork.  but no matter what day it is, i do have to watch what i eat. i keep an eye on portions. i am mindful of calories. i eat decadent desserts only when i truly want them.. not every single day. i don’t mind this way of life. i like the way i eat. really, i do.

i am not afraid to say that i do make a conscious effort to create recipes that are not indulgent.  sure, i have lots of recipes that are by no means healthy! they are delicious and not everything has to be healthy.  BUT.. i am passionate about healthifying recipes.  i love to do this.  it is what i enjoy.  i create them and share them so those of you in my same boat can make them and enjoy them as much as i do.  that is where the title came from, because this recipe is one that i can eat day in and day out and it’s actually healthy for me and will get me closer to my goals rather than further away from them.

momma b and i have something we talk about a lot:  you always make a choice to eat something. take lunch, for example. you can choose to eat the 1200 calorie burrito from a mexican joint or you can choose to eat the 400 calorie burrito made at home.  both are delicious. and no matter what you eat, you are going to be full afterward.  the taste of the meal is going to be long gone within a few minutes… so why wouldn’t you just eat the lunch from home?  food is fuel and if you are eating just because you are hungry and need to get full, then making the healthy choice is a no brainer. when i am making my meal choices and eating simply because it’s time to eat (not because i am eating something fabulous from a delicious restaurant or something like that) then i will always make the choice to eat something healthy. i am going to forget whatever it was i ate shortly after anyway. make sense?

so.. let’s see.. what else?

no, i don’t feel guilty if i eat something that isn’t healthy when it isn’t free day. it happens!  but i do feel bad if i have a plan and am working towards a goal and i sabotage my goal by eating a bunch of stuff that isn’t in line with my own personal plan of attack.  i should mention that when i DO eat something that is not in line with my plan, i don’t beat myself up. i put it behind me and move forward like it never happened.

i also want to say that eating the way i do is in no way deprivation.  i eat delicious meals day in and day out. i LOVE everything i eat. i never eat things i don’t like or don’t want. i have developed such a passion and love for clean eating that it really is what i want and crave.  i have that free day in there because i also have a passion and love for foods that fall outside the realm of healthy eating and i would never want to live a life without those things.  i have found a healthy balance that works in my everyday diet and i am here to share my thoughts with you.

i hope you don’t think i am dictating that you should eat the same way i do.. because you shouldn’t. do what works for you and have no apologies. i know i don’t.

that’s my story and i’m stickin’ to it.

WOW. that was long!

your turn. give me your thoughts!

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Amanda May 4, 2011 at 3:56 pm

One of the reasons whyI love reading your blog is because you don’t make me feel guilty! You aren’t judgmental or harsh. You are you and just sharing what YOU do with the world. I think you are real and that’s what I love. I didn’t even think twice about you mentioning the pasta being “guilt-less!”

Love ya!

Christin@purplebirdblog May 4, 2011 at 4:17 pm

I am sick right now and therefore not very eloquent, but I agree 100%. Our lives change on a day to day basis, but being able to find a way of eating that is generally consistent and works is a feat in and of itself. I love this community because it gives me ideas to try in finding my own “perfect” balance as it were, and some of them work well and some of them not so much, but trying is fun. I draw so much inspiration from you, J-bird (can I call you that? I really want to), and I love above all else that you do YOU and are true to yourself. <3

jen mathers May 4, 2011 at 4:24 pm

I think anyone who reads your blog would know you aren’t all preachy/judgy! You are an inspiration to many of your readers… i also think its unfortunate that comments that are written are so hard to read the intended tone. Hopefully Lisa, just meant it at as a haha comment and just forgot the smiley face and lol… written etiquette is an acquired skill …one Im still working on. But i love your blog and how much time and thought you put into the words you write!

Lauren May 4, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Truer words have never been spoken. Rock on love! You have said it so well! :)

Tessa @ Amazing Asset May 4, 2011 at 4:44 pm

First let me say, wow this post is truly inspirational and one that I am going to bookmark to come back to when I need some encouragement. Your approach to food is something I am working towards, finally making a peace with food, fitness and my body. Restriction, labels of “good” and “bad” food, deprivation, have all been part of my life for far too long and I am freakin sick of it. I am finally in stages of recovery and although the obsessive thoughts are still there, I am not as concerned with them. I have gained some needed weight and I have become more happy by letting go of some of the rigid rules I used to live by.
I love reading your blog on a daily basis because you are never judgmental and this shows in your writing! Although we have never met, I can tell you are a genuine person and I am so glad I discovered your site. Thank you for being…awesome :)

Carol May 4, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Great post! I agree with many of the other posts…eat clean most of the time and one splurge is not going to derail my efforts. I love working out. I love eating. Yes, there are certain foods I cannot eat because they upset my stomach and make me feel not so good. So I don’t eat them, why would I want to feel that way? Yes, there are certain foods that make my face break out. Why would I eat them? I want to have nice looking skin. I have much more confidence when I look and feel my best. Don’t we all?
I also love finding healthy recipes. In face any recipe I find I always think about the substitutions I can make to create things that are delish and nutritious:) I agree our diets should be about balance, but I think we also need to listen to our bodies and put things into them that make them feel and look good.
I love reading your blog and your down to Earth personality! I love that you share the good and the bad. Life is too short to dwell on what we should have done or should have eaten. I’m raising my protein muffin to you tonight! Cheers:)

Annie May 4, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Thanks for sharing this. If I ate what I wanted all the time, I’d be about 15-20 pounds heavier and not healthy. It’s nice to see in the blogworld someone saying “I have to work for my goals, but I enjoy the occasional ice cream.” It’s all about the balance. For example, I made some of Mama Pea’s Vegan Balls and am enjoying them immensely, but I’m also making a point of cutting up fruit and veg to have on hand for snacks. :)

Katy (The Singing Runner) May 4, 2011 at 5:36 pm

This is definitely a great post. You expressed your opinion so well! While I still deem foods “good” and “bad”, it is something I am working on. Deep down, I know that most foods are “good” in moderation…but I still have my “fear foods” that hinder me. I also get jealous when people can eat lot’s of sugar/ carbs/ fats, etc, and not workout and not gain a single pound! While I am very active and eat clean, I have to REALLY watch what I eat because I can gain weight in a second.

It’s frustrating, but even though I do get jealous towards those people, I still try not to judge them. ;)

Hayley May 4, 2011 at 5:41 pm

I love this post and I always love reading your blog…you seem to have a really healthy relationship with food! I think it might just be the wording in this case. The word “guilt” might suggest that you would be doing something wrong, and for people who have issues with food, it can be a touchy subject. In eating disorder treatment, it is often encouraged to take guilt out of the equation. Food is food, and all types serve their purpose, even the “unhealthy” food. There is no good and bad. Don’t worry though…People who know you or who read your blog all the time probably know that you didn’t mean guilt free in such a literal way..it isn’t so much about guilt as it is about living in a way that makes you feel happy and well.

Paige is Running Around Normal May 4, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Yay! What an empowering post! I have a hard time embracing the eat whatever you want, whenever you want concept too as a personal trainer. I definitely think you should give into cravings *sometimes* otherwise you could either get completely burnt out or binge, neither which is good. However, if you goal is to lose weight, obviously you won’t want to eat whatever you want whenever you want if whatever you want is donuts and whenever you want them is always.
:) Good post, Janetha G!

julie May 4, 2011 at 5:56 pm

interesting comment! for me i’m not afraid to admit that i love eating vegetables, i enjoy reading fitness magazines and i love any kind of recipes or things that tell me how to make things ‘healthier’ i’m not ashamed of that and people are going to judge! judging is what people do. but i say hey if it makes you happy then i’m happy :)

Susan May 4, 2011 at 6:12 pm

For me, the biggest thing is reminding myself that in general, I do eat very healthy. Today for example, I nibbled on a little too much oatmeal cake and felt guilty about it. I felt like I threw away all my healthy eating habits for the day. But looking back, I still made great choices for every meal and snack, it was just that one thing that “wasn’t so great.” My body is still getting all it’s nutrients and chugging away healthily!

I will say though, I am struggling with my version of balance lately. I used to think I had it all figured out, but I now realize I never did. Do we ever?

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) May 4, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Wow this post just popped into my reader and already comment mania!

Great post, as usual, Janetha. And yes, being honest, open, and real…that’s what i love about you!

I have recently started consuming small amts of dairy, i.e. butter or cream in baking/dessert recipes and not hiding it. I have gotten quite a few raised eyebrow comments but frankly got sick of “justifying” this (dont do that anymore on my blog with anything) as well as hiding it (which as bloggers we can hid things that may not ‘appeal’ to readers) but i decided what the heck and just post it anyway.

It’s not some people’s idea of “healthy” and that’s fine. I dont consider brownies health food anyway…so Im kinda like who cares.

I think you do a wonderful job of doing what works for you, and let the chips fall where they may. I could go on and on. Great post!

balancejoyanddelicias May 5, 2011 at 5:26 am

love your attitude Averie! Just do whatever you want and stop justifying to strangers!

BroccoliHut May 4, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Great post! I run into topics like this all the time, as people feel the need to “confess” their eating transgressions to me as a dietetics student. For example, when I run into a family friend at the grocery store, she quickly covers up the pie in her cart and says, “This isn’t mine–it’s for my husband!” Just to reiterate what you said above, I would never judge someone based on their eating habits or their exercise regime. Granted, they are both important features in my life, but people are so much more than what is on their plates.

Lettuce Choose Healthy May 4, 2011 at 6:18 pm

love this post and I love your blog. I always read because you are honest!

I never judge anyone on their choices .. treat others how you would want to be treated!

Bridget May 4, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Clearly “Lisa” does not regularly read your blog. To think your naming a recipe “guilt free” means you think others should feel guilty eating the regular version is absurd. This was a great post, but anyone who reads your blog regularly already knew you held the views you explained above :)

Stefanie @TheNewHealthy May 4, 2011 at 6:29 pm

This is a great post, as usual! :) I agree with everything you said – and it’s definitely all about balance!

Lee May 4, 2011 at 6:32 pm

I think about this all the time. And by this, I mean how bloggers, especially popular ones, are always told that they should go ahead and eat the cupcakes or whatever. Most of these bloggers, yourself included, came from a place of weight loss, and maintaing a weight loss takes work. You can’t just suddenly be at your goal weight and eat whatever you want.

Thank you for posting this!!

stephanie adams May 4, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Please keep recreating those not so healthy recipes into ones that we can all enjoy – without guilt!!! Your blog is by FAR the best one out there & I look forward to reading everyday!!! I do wish you could create a healthy chicken & dumpling recipe. I have tried several “clean” versions & they were disgusting!!!

Also, I have a really personal question. It is completely none of my business & if you don’t want to answer, I sooooo understand! But you mention a lot that your hubby doesn’t drink … I’ve always wondered why. Again, totally random & none of my business …

lifttorun May 4, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Great post. I was actually just about to post something like this in regards to ‘diets’ and such. People on the blog world are so sensitive about diets and people eating something this is low calorie. It’s up to that person and no one is forcing their way of life down another person’s throat.

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) May 4, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Holy cannoli. Well all I can say is that I totally hear you. And I feel a bit sad that you needed to justify your whole stance on this because one person made an off-comment. Great for discussion purposes, but sad that you had to expend brain power on it.

This spoke to me: “oh, look, i can eat whatever i want! i can eat intuitively and only eat when i am hungry, stop when i am full and eat treats daily in moderation!” because i can’t. and that’s not me.

Not me either. OMG if I had your readership, I’d get crucified for the amount of healthifying I do to all recipes. The counting of calories, the weighing, the measuring. But you know what, that is what works for me right now. Maybe in half a year, I won’t be doing that, but right now, healthifying, weighing and measuring is what keeps my weight in a happy place. And that is where I need to be. The end.

Love you and can’t wait to see you!! Now no more worrying. Do what’s right for you and don’t look back.

janetha May 4, 2011 at 8:26 pm

You know, the reason I replied in a post is not because I felt I had to. It’s totally because I wanted to and I like spending brain power and energy on it. I know, I’m a weird one. I just got fed up with people thinking that the only mentality to have is that we should eat whatever we want at all times with no regard. There are other opinions out there so I wanted to voice mine I suppose.

Cannot wait to see you!!!!!!!!!!! Omg!

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Heather May 4, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Good post. I agree with what you said. I’ve lost 280 pounds, and I’m super anal about weighing and measuring my food, counting calories, and weighing myself weekly. I feel that I’ll do this forever because well, I don’t want to be 450 pounds again. I do those things to stay accountable to myself, and I honestly feel out of place among most blogs. I’ve started one, but have yet to write in it because of those big differences. I don’t care what other people do. To each their own!

marissa May 4, 2011 at 11:36 pm

i think you handled the critical comment pretty well. eating healthy is a great goal, moving more is a great goal, bettering yourself in positive ways are great goals. and you are an inspiration to those of us that want to eat cleaner and move more.

MelissaNibbles May 5, 2011 at 2:12 am

I can kind of see where the commenter was coming from. It was just word choice though. If it said LowFat Pasta or something other than “guilt”, then there probably wouldn’t be an issue. I think women have so much pressure to eat right that things like “guilt free!” feeds into that. Just my two cents though.

dani May 5, 2011 at 6:10 am

de-lurking now. i’ve been reading your blog for the past few months and i LOVE it! everything you say hits the nail right on the head for me. i love your style of eating/working and it has contributed to little tweaks in my everyday life that have made me feel so much healthier/happier. not to mention that your recipes are THE BOMB!! i’ve tried out several with my family and they’re obsessed. for a second they thought i’d turned into this genius chef, then i showed them your website and now they just think you’re awesome too :)

i wholly agree with everything you said in this post. i also am not one who can eat the rich, caloric/fat/sodium laden dishes all the time and get away with it, BUT i love to eat things that taste similar–minus some of the stuff that will make my thighs bust out of my jeans (it has happened before), so your recipes are greatness squared. they’re light, but not light in the 100-calorie snack pack or 60-calorie-sugar-free-pudding way. it’s REAL food!

thank you for your blog and thank you for showing me so many cool, new things!

oh, and i used to live in utah–some of the pics you post of things i recognize make me miss it so! go utah!

Ashleigh May 5, 2011 at 6:38 am

I love your honesty and your creative, healthy recipes. You don’t use junk ingredients and I personally like that everything isn’t soy-free/dairy-free/gluten-free/(insert “food allergy” trend) even if it is low in sugar/low sodium. Like you, I try to be conscious of protein since I truly believe my body looks and feels best when I get adequate (higher) protein….I’m just all cave-woman-like, I guess. I know 100+ g/day isn’t necessary for everyone, but I like that you showcase your day-to-day choices, which typically meet that standard. P.S. Kapeesh = capisce (its italian)

Pure2raw twins May 5, 2011 at 7:03 am

love this post! hits home for us as we have gotten criticized many times on our blog for saying ‘treat’ etc. It is hard to write what you are feeling without hurting some reader ?!?! so we are so careful about what we say or how we word things because we do not want to offend anyone but then again it is our blog and we should be able to say what we want right ?!! It is hard because we get a lot of new readers to our blog everyday and so many of them do not really know our whole story so they judge us very quickly.

sofia May 5, 2011 at 8:28 am

oh, janetha. don’t let these comments get to you. you’re doing what works for your body, and that’s that. we all have different metabolisms, and we all blog about our lifestyles that work for us. donezo. those who don’t get it can shove it. love ya lady.

janetha May 5, 2011 at 8:39 am

oh girl, they didn’t get to me! i am not at all gotten-to. i just thought it would be a good topic to bring up. thanks for your comment, though. i love you!

Kayla May 5, 2011 at 8:38 am

I got a comment on my blog yesterday that really got me thinking, too. She said that she didn’t think i should count my calories, that I was obsessed with eating healthy and that I wasn’t being healthy.

I believe that I have learned from my past and just because I’m counting calories doesn’t mean I’m restricting! I LOVE the food I eat, I crave healthy food. I enjoy eating vegetables, I don’t even crave sugary sweets any more, I like eating healthified treats instead!

janetha May 5, 2011 at 8:40 am

Kayla,

For sure. Counting calories for one person can be their saving grace in weight loss, while counting calories for another person can be obsessive and detrimental to their health. It is a very personal thing and should not be so generalized! Good thoughts.

Graze With Me May 5, 2011 at 9:09 am

I’m a little late to the game in commenting but I’d like to add in my $.02. I’ve always been a big intuitive eater. My parents and I sat down to dinner every day but I remember growing up there were always snacks to be had. Bowls of fruit ready for consumption, bags of nuts, homemade goodies and other foods were there for whenever a craving struck. I think I inherited the grazing gene from my dad, he eats two breakfasts, lunch, dinner, dessert and about 4 snacks in between. It’s just how I grew up. No guilt, no off limit foods or anything like that.

BUT – now that I’m pregnant my eating has taken on a whole different theme. I’m not a grazer anymore, not *really*. I eat anywhere from 2-5 meals each day but I practically have to force myself to eat when it comes time. NOTHING really sounds good anymore which is so not what I expected it to be like! So I went from snacking constantly on random foods to having to force myself to eat. It’s so frustrating and strange at the same time because my head wants to munch but my stomach is saying NO!

Christine May 5, 2011 at 10:04 am

Hey Janetha!
I love your blog and I find your posts so inspiring! I love your thinking about food and fitness and I try to strive to similar goals every day, however, the comment made by Lisa definitely hit home with me only because I know how hard it is to struggle with guilt and eating. I think its true though everybody is different and everybody’s body have different needs and although its sometimes hard, you truly cannot compare your lifestyle to anyone else’s. :)

emily (a nutritionist eats) May 5, 2011 at 11:31 am

What a great post Janetha!!
I think sometimes things are taken a little too literally. I, for example, did not see “guilt-free creamy pasta” and think that that means I should feel guilty for eating creamy pasta but I suppose people take things different ways.
I really agree with a lot of your points and I think for myself, I love some of the more “indulgent” foods – I’ll take full fat over low fat any day, BUT that’s not to say that I don’t eat salads a lot of days either. You can’t eat cheeseburgers and french fries every day and 1) feel good and 2) maintain or lose weight…

Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun May 5, 2011 at 12:51 pm

All I need to say is “amen” “ditto” “couldn’t have said it better myself”. You rock and keep on with your bad awesome self!

Anonymous May 5, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Hi Janetha! I am teenage girl who is fifteen years old. I love your blog. I hope it is alright if I ask you a question? I am receiving treatment for low thyroid levels after years of strange symptoms, one of them being weight gain. My doctor insures me that it will go away once I get thee right dose but meanwhile I am stuck eating healthy foods, trying to lose weight, and gaining instead. I hate the way I look and want to do something about it but I’m not quite sure the best way to do that. Do you have any advice? I realize you are not a doctor but you are an amazing role model in this aspect! Thank you so much!

janetha May 6, 2011 at 9:53 am

Hey there, thanks for reading meals & moves! I know thyroid issues are serious business. I can tell you that I have known several women who have had the same thyroid issues you mentioned and they did gain quite a bit of weight and they did indeed end up losing it when they got proper treatment.. so I am sure the same will happen for you! I think you should keep doing what you are doing–eat healthy, exercise regularly and try not to get discouraged. I know it is so hard to see results that are opposite than what you expect when you are working so hard, but this situation is really out of your hands. It is a medical condition and you need to look at it as a temporary, short term problem and things WILL get better and the weight WILL come off. I would say the last thing you want to do is eat too little or exercise too much. These habits can be easy to fall into when you want to see results, but because you cannot control this weight gain, I think that going to extremes won’t do anything for you. Keep up with the healthy habits and just don’t over-do it. Hang in there, I know you will come out of this feeling and looking better than ever!

kissmybroccoli May 5, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Great post girlie! I think the biggest focus should be what works for YOU! Everybody in this world is different…right down to the shoes we decide to wear or the lunch we decide to eat! I love eating clean and what it has done to my outlook on food…I am so much more open-minded when it comes to trying new things than I ever was years ago.

I’ve been through pretty much all the diet phases without actually ever being on a diet, but the state of mind stayed with me…low carb, low fat, low taste! Now, I try to stay conscious of how much I’m putting into my body, but I focus more on REAL food now! Less processed junk and more natural ingredients! I don’t indulge very often because a lot of foods that I deem “indulgent” end up making me feel like crap…physically! Why do I want to “treat myself” to something that’s going to bloat me (high sodium), make my stomach cramp (greasy food), or give me a headache (sweets)? I eat the way I do because I WANT to and like you said, I know that it lines up with what I want…to be healthy and fit!

And I’d take your guilt free pasta dish over chicken alfredo ANY day!

CH May 6, 2011 at 5:13 pm

This is SUCH a well-written post with so many good ideas. I think I agree with most of what you’e saying, although I don’t necessarily eat the same way you do. I also don’t tend to be very goal-oriented, for better or for worse. In general, I try t trust my body and I eat relatively intuitively. I would drive myself crazy if I knew I was “supposed” to be eating a certain way on a certain day. But like you said, there are MANY psychologically healthy approaches to eating — everyone has a different path. For me, I look at the big picture most of the time. If I am at a restaurant and have a big creamy pasta dish one day and a big scone the next day, so be it. For me, the important thing is not beating myself up over it, because I know that my cravings will naturally fall back into line with things that my body truly needs (i.e., nutrients). Sometimes I have a few off days, but my body and mind always work together to lead me towards healthier foods. I’m with you that it is not useful to label foods good or bad; a giant piece of buttercream cake might not be very healthy, per se, but I think that it is fine to have it once in a while; in fact, I think that the psychological benefit of enjoying yourself on occasion might even outweigh the TINY benefit you would get from choosing a piece of fruit over the cake…

You have just inspires me to write a post about the psychology of food choices! Off to go research that…

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