Monday, October 08, 2012
19. What 'unhealthy' food(s)/drink(s) do you refuse to give up? Any that you have given up completely?
I don't think I've given anything up completely. I made modifications. I don't bring junk into my house, but if I want a cookie I will buy a single cookie from the store that makes the most amazing cookies and I will savor it. If I don't have the motivation to go to the store and get it, I don't want it that badly. I am a confessed peanut butter addict. I found keeping it around made it disappear, but once I started making my own and not adding any oils or sugars to it, just peanuts, I still got the taste I enjoyed but with far less guilt and I had to work for it.
20. What are your favorite healthy foods? What healthy foods have you 'discovered' along the way to better eating habits?
Oh my gosh, there are so many. I love edamame in the pod. It takes a while to eat, it involves your hands as well and contains protein. I'm an experimenter at heart, so I've tried all kinds of things that I've enjoyed. Pizza crust made from cauliflower, "tater" tots made from zucchini and they've all been awesome.
21. Did you or do you have any disordered eating habits - binging, purging, excessive calorie restriction or excessive exercise? How did develop (or how are you developing) a healthier relationship with food?
I never thought of myself as obsessive, but there was a point in this journey where I worried I would become so. I was hearing people tell me I was thin, but I wasn't seeing it. It's difficult to reconcile the logic of numbers and measurements with illogical brain behavior. I became depressed, my outlet for depression is exercise, as you can see this could become a dangerous path. It was at this point one of my family members got very sick. All of my silliness sort of faded into the background. I spoke to my doctor about what I was dealing with and we worked it out. I still struggle with seeing myself the way others do, and I probably always will, but I've come to accept the me that I am, and set goals that are less related to being skinny or thin and more related to being strong and health.