When I was at the beginning of my weight loss journey, I became a vegetarian for a year. I continued on to become vegan for another six months. I even did a two week stint as a vegan raw foodist. (That was actually awesome but the food prep took entirely too long)
Here I am in 2009 eating a typical Jamaican breakfast (vegetarian style) that I prepared for my friends. I weigh about 160 in this photo.
But in the midst of all of my clean, green eating . . .
I started to miss chicken wings.
and juicy hamburgers with cheese melting down the sides.
I had to face it. Becoming a vegetarian or vegan wasn’t the answer.
Food wasn’t my issue.
Mismanagement of my emotions was.
Even though I decided to remain a flexitarian and focus on my emotional eating, I appreciate what that 1.5 year stint in “Veggie Land” taught me. I learned the fundamentals of nutrition and the importance of eating good quality food.
Instead of following some list of dietary rules, I simply made a commitment to check in and make daily decisions about what to eat. To this day, I still eat a high plant-based diet and cook most of my meals for myself.
Here’s what a typical day looks like for meal planning
1. I check in with my body and see what it needs – Am I physically hungry or emotionally hungry? What am I hungry for? Is any part of my body ailing me? Which ingredients should I choose to address those ailments?
2. I choose fresh, quality and whole ingredients. If I have a long day ahead of me, I amp up the protein during breakfast. If I’m feeling clogged up and my “Daily Poo” is less than normal, I amp up the fiber.
3. I choose ingredients that are sustainable to my body and to the planet. There’s nothing wrong with burgers, but there is something wrong with chemicals in my burgers. So I enjoy a good grass fed, farm loved, locally raised hamburger every once in a while.
These habits have improved my relationship with food and my body substantially.
What about you? Do you have any habits that are working for you, your body and your health? Let’s exchange ideas. Please share!