As you may know my career and I have hit a bit of a rut and I’ve been busy planning/panicking about my next move. Last Tuesday I ended up having a bit of an epiphany at 1am.
Over the next few months, you may notice this blog may change a little as I have grand plans to create my own business and this will be the perfect platform to support it (considering I’ve paid for it and all).
Back to my epiphany. As usual, I was at my parents and I couldn’t sleep. I knew something had to change and I didn’t know what. So I said to myself ‘what do I spend most of my spare time thinking about/doing?’
Duuuuuh. Nutrition and weight loss.
My ultimate goal is to never use the word ‘diet’ on any of my posts or social media. My relationship with food has changed SO much in the past two years that the word ‘diet’ is now quite alien to me and the more I think about it the more I loathe the word. We will never successfully tackle obesity by using the word ‘diet’ as it is associated with deprivation, misery and implies a temporary solution to a long term problem.
I won’t deny I have become a huge convert to eating healthy and in part this is because of my yeast intolerance. It means I can’t eat the pizza and the bread, which makes it easier for me. But let me talk you through my history with food and why I’m a fan of a bit of spinach (avocado is a work in progress).
Growing up I always had a sweet tooth and I still do. I never enjoyed my meals except for cereal in the morning and most of my weight gain came through the consumption of Maltesers. That was until I discovered take away BBQ pizzas.
Anyway, my food was often freezer food – chicken grills, burgers, frozen chips, ready meals and packets of ready made pasta. I never enjoyed my meals – they were pointless. I remember being little and my Mum PLEADING with me to eat. But essentially food didn’t do it for me. Except those pesky Maltesers.
Fast forward to 2018. I can’t eat that food anymore (except the Maltesers) and most of my meals are made from fresh because of my difficulties with yeast (the consequences really aren’t worth it). A few years ago I would have judged the person I am now. Who can be bothered to make fresh food?! Chia seeds? What a snob.
However, I really enjoy my meals now. I enjoy thinking of new recipes, cooking them from fresh and knowing I’m not eating any extra crap to ensure the food is preserved(I’ve concluded that preservatives are pretty gross to eat). I enjoy the fact I can make my meals as mild or as spicy as I want and I have a recipe repertoire that is forever expanding. I’ve also discovered that I’m an alright cook. One thing that does make me a bit sad is that I continue to crave processed food but I’m massively aware of how bland it tastes when I eat it so it’s always a disappointment.
One of the things I want to discuss is sensory aversions and sensory seeking (can’t resist a bit of occupational therapy here). The biggest thing I’ve learnt is a lot of the food I eat is defined by what my mouth is seeking sensory wise, and if the meal isn’t providing it, I will go and seek something afterwards (which obviously increases my calorie intake). By having stronger flavoured meals, spicier meals, different textured meals, my need to seek out chocolate bars has reduced dramatically. In fact I’d say I’m down to 1 or 2 small bars a week rather than per day. It’s been really quite significant.
Anyway, I’ve hugely digressed. Back to my plan.
I have signed up to do an Advanced Diploma in Nutrition and Weight Loss! I’m hugely passionate about this area and tend to spend most of my evenings watching weight loss programmes or on Instagram looking at all the weight loss stories. Why not turn that hobby into my career?
Needless to say I didn’t get any sleep that night and I’m now working hard to make this dream come true. I’ll keep you updated.
PS If you’d like to know more about sensory and food, please leave a comment and I can always do a post on it.
PPS Just so you know I remain in touch with reality – I had a bun-less cheeseburger and cookie dough milkshake last night. The milkshake was INSANE. The burger, less so.
PPS I will be completing a nutrition plan for myself and following it so keep your eyes peeled for further updates.