My food philosophy + making changes {WIAW}
Feb
12th

Instead of a normal “What I Ate Wednesday,” today I’m taking a different perspective and talking about how I eat and my food philosophy. Let’s call it “What I Eat Wednesday.” (WIEW???) If you just want pictures of food, scroll on down. I’m still sharing some eats lately. πŸ˜‰

I’ve decided to make some changes to how I eat. To explain why, we need to back up a little. Over the past year, I’ve come to embrace a few general principles when it some to food. No restrictions. No rules. No more deprivation (although that’s something I still struggle withΒ once in a while). No more defining my diet in terms of what I don’t eat. If I want a cookie (or two or three…) or ice cream, I eat it. I don’t believe in cheat meals. Eating isn’t cheating, it’s just eating. And living. Negative labels like “cheat” do nothing but induce guilt and shame. Letting go of them has helped me live a happier, fuller, life. I’m not constantly obsessing about what and how much I’m eating. Food shouldn’t control your life, and it did for me for a long time, but not anymore.

I don’t like to label my diet, because I just don’t like labels. Not even “clean eating” which I know is the darling of the health and fitness world. This isn’t because I don’t support clean eating, I do, and my diet largely fits the definition. But clean eating is really just eating healthy, wholesome foods, which is what we’ve known is best all along. I hate the label because it turns an old, simple principle into something that sounds like a fad. It also implies that if you don’t “eat clean” you’re eating dirty. The fad label makes it sound like the latest “secret” to finding whatever you’re looking for, and I don’t like those gimmicks.

I haven’t read the bookΒ (it’s on my reading list), but the message from In Defense of Food really embodies my approach to eating. The first time I heard it, my reaction was “YES!” As complicated as the media and the diet industry make things, it’s ultimately fairly simple.

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None of what I’ve just laid out is changing, but I am making some changes. I’ve been afraid to admit this here, but I haven’t been completely happy with what I see in the mirror lately (this post fromΒ Arman and BeckyΒ helped give me the courage to share). Am I still treating myself with love and kindness? Yes. Am I 99% comfortable in my skin? Yes. Do I see some things I would like to change? Also yes. I’ve gained some weight in the past nine months or so. This was largely intentional. Late this summer, some health issues led me to up my calorie intake and reduce my exercise to see if that would help. It didn’t, and the source of the problem has since been identified (don’t worry, nothing serious!), so now I’m left with some extra pounds that I don’t want or need.

I’ve been struggling with how to make a change while staying true to the values I outlined above. All of the ideas I had – returning to calorie counting, cutting out sweets and “indulgences,” or even intermittent fasting – didn’t feel right. Ultimately, after lots of help from my blend turned friend Amy, I settled on making a positive change instead of a restrictive change. Instead of taking something away, I’m adding something new: a new meal plan that includes a smoothie for breakfast and a salad for lunch. My hope is that filling up on these more nutrient-dense options will get me back to where I want to be.Just to be clear, this won’t be a “rule,” just a default. I’m not going to confine myself to this plan if we have some great leftovers that I want for lunch or John wants to have brunch. That would defeat the purpose.

So now (finally?), it’s time for the food! My new breakfast/lunch plan just started this week, so here’s a little peak.

smoothiessaladsI should also mention that I’m making an effort to eat more wholesome snacks. Some examples from lately: a yogurt bowl with coconut nectar, blueberries, and chia seeds, home baked (oil free) corn chips with leftover tempeh casserole as dip (see below), pb while studying (because obviously), carrots and edamame hummus.

snack collageFor dinners, I’m not changing a thing. I’m really happy with the healthy meals we’ve been making. Here are a few from the past week: Mexican tempeh casserole {recipe}, salsa chick pea loaves {inspiration}, coconut quinoa patties {recipe}, southwest quinoa burgers {recipe}.

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And I’ll still have lazy Sunday’s where we just have gluten-free pizza and call it a day. I wouldn’t share a picture (because it’s boring), but I wanted to end on a light note. This is how John plated my slices…

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and he brought it out singing like Imagine Dragons: “woahh oh oh woahh oh oh your pizza’s radioactive, radioactive.” I basically died. πŸ™‚

Β Thanks to Jenn for hosting!

No questions, but I’d love your thoughts <3

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28 comments on “My food philosophy + making changes {WIAW}

  1. Jan @ Sprouts n Squats

    You’ve got to do what works for you and it sounds like this is a smart not restrictive long term way of making a change. Well done for having the courage to write this post as I know writing about food is no easy task sometimes when it is talking about you.

    From all your yoga pictures I think you look friggin amazing right now but I know where someone feels comfortable is very individual and personal but just wanted to let you know anyway πŸ™‚

    Glad to hear health wise they were able to figure out what was wrong.
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    1. BusyBod Post author

      Thanks so much Jan! I try not to be misleading with my photos but I also know that a lifetime of practice has made me very good at camouflaging what I see as my “trouble zones.” That said, I am still very happy with how I look now, just a few minor things I want to change. Thank you for the kind words. πŸ™‚ I hope you are right that this will be a good change. I was eating this way early in the summer and was very happy with how I felt.

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  2. Jessie

    Good for you, Kim! I’ve found that it’s so important to truly do what works best for you – not what may work for someone else. I love your outlook on making positive changes opposed to restricting yourself.. Health is something not to mess with, so I commend you for finding a way to overcome what you may have been/are dealing with. From the looks of your meals, it seems like all is going well for you! Keep it up and always remind yourself that you’re beautiful – with or w/o extra lbs πŸ™‚
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    1. BusyBod Post author

      Thanks so much love. πŸ™‚ I feel so much better knowing I’m staying true to myself while still working towards this short term goal.

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  3. Amy @ The Little Honey Bee

    So, so, so proud of you. This post made me incredibly happy to read. I love absolutely everything you said and your positivity and outlook on food/life is inspiring. You are tackling these changes head on and rocking it! I am so glad I could offer some help and support – thank you for the sweet, sweet shoutout πŸ™‚ I owe you an email before I leave so I will talk to you later. Sending you lots of love! xo
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    1. BusyBod Post author

      Thank you so much love. I really can’t say enough how much talking with you helped me. It forced me to be honest with myself and your own journey/progress inspired me to be true to myself and find the “right” (as in right for me) way to move forward while still addressing the change I want to make. You’re amazing <3 <3 <3

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    1. BusyBod Post author

      It’s crazy how complicated we manage to make something that should be simple. Eat, life your life, move your body, just like you said.

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  4. Louise

    I love Michael Pollan! I’m half way through ‘In Defense Of Food’ at the moment. I’ve stopped the whole restrictive thing too, mainly because I’m sick of stressing about the calories in the chocolate’s I ate, etc. It’s crazy! I also think some fitness blogs don’t help the situation sometimes, when it looks like they ONLY eat ‘clean’ 24/7. It’s refreshing to see someone talking about this in a positive light! πŸ™‚
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    1. BusyBod Post author

      I totally agree. There are definitely some blogs out there that I think are a little misleading. I’m so glad you found the post a positive message, that was definitely my goal!

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  5. Tina Muir

    I would say most of your eats look pretty damn good!!!

    Couldnt agree more with your change in eating. People get so caught up if they have a cookie, or heaven forbid, allow themselves to have TWO cookies. But you are right, life is for living, you just have to make it mostly healthy while still letting yourself have some things you enjoy.

    People think because I am an elite athlete that I dont eat anything sugary, but I have a huge sweet tooth, and I end up miserable, and put on a ton of weight if I try to cut it out completely. I find it works best when I let myself have one sweet thing a day…..be it a bowl of ice cream…..or one candy. I found that didnt affect my training, but I am happiest that way. I do that the 6 weeks before my peak race.

    Keep up the good work πŸ™‚
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    1. BusyBod Post author

      While I’m not an elite athlete like you lady πŸ˜‰ I definitely get the same assumptions. I made a comment about ice cream to a classmate recently and she essentially scoffed at me and said “oh please, you never eat ice cream.” False. I eat all.the.sweets. I have an enormous sweet tooth, but it’s about balance. That’s why instead of cutting those things out, I decided to work harder on the other side of the equation and make my non-sweet eats even more nutritious, so things stay more in balance. Hopefully it works πŸ™‚

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  6. Erin @ The Almond Eater

    Yayyyy for positive changes! Both smoothies and salads look delicious. I agree that the label “clean” eating makes eating a piece of cake sound dirty. I’m glad Amy helped you out and hopefully this new eating plan will help you feel 100% πŸ™‚

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    1. BusyBod Post author

      I hope you’re right too! So far it’s been a great change, although I know it’s only been a few days. And I’m glad you’re with me on the “clean” label, sometimes I feel a bit alone on that one. πŸ™‚

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  7. Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome

    I think it’s great you’re making some positive changes but not too many since you do eat really well already! Sometimes all you need are a few small steps in a different direction to get on you the path you want to be on. πŸ™‚

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  8. Mary

    I agree – you do what works for you. I try to stick to an 80/20 lifestyle eating healthy the majority if the week. Meal planning on Sunday has really helped with this. If I want to go out and have wings, I will do it! I want to try making smoothies but need a tasty dairy free option. If you know of any, please share? Your food always looks so good – even your radioactive pizza – LOL
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    1. BusyBod Post author

      Haha that radioactive pizza had be laughing for ages. 80/20 definitely works for a lot of people. I don’t think of my diet in those terms, but it’s probably pretty close to my ratio of highly nutritious vs. not so nutritious foods. For smoothies, I use unsweetened almond milk. I find it’s a good liquid base that doesn’t affect the flavor much. I’m actually not a fan of any of the non-dairy milks to drink on their own, but in smoothies I’ve found almond milk to be perfect.

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    1. BusyBod Post author

      Thanks so much for stopping by! Now I’m even more excited to read it. I’m on break next week so I may have to make that a priority.

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    1. BusyBod Post author

      Thank you so much! The philosophy has really been there all along, it’s mostly avoiding the temptation to ditch it in the name of short term goals. I feel good about choosing NOT to do that and instead finding a smarter way that will (hopefully) lead to the same result.

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  9. Jen@Twenty-Something&Starving

    Good for you, Kim! I think it’s so important for folks to realize that everybody is different…and every body is different lol. You need to do what works best for you and makes you feel the awesomest!! I love vegetables but I love chocolate and peanut butter. I see nothing wrong with having it all as long as we’re all smart about it! Now if only I had all of the ingredients on hand to make that delicious looking salad you have going on up there!
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    1. BusyBod Post author

      “Everybody is different and every body is different.” EXACTLY! What works for me isn’t what works for others and vice versa. I say that a lot about being vegetarian too. πŸ™‚ Chocolate and peanut butter… heaven! I’m going to have to make that my post-workout smoothie today I think!

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    1. BusyBod Post author

      Thanks Cailee! I think it’s good to check in and remind yourself every once in a while. It changes over time, but tuning in is so important.

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