I wanted to do an informal and personal post this week. I don’t usually write like a blogger but I thought that it was fitting for today’s post.
For those of you who don’t know, my husband and I recently moved to the California Central Coast. It’s been a very busy few weeks, but I’m proud to say that all of my habits have still kept me going strong in the health department.
We’ve been doing a ton of work on our house and are still pretty much camping. Our mattress is on the floor, our boxes in the garage, and my clothes are still in duffel bags.
Over the Independence Day weekend, we had a ton of friends come over to help us get some work done. It really was a blast! Geoff and I felt so blessed by their eagerness and selflessness. However with large groups, it can be hard for those who entertain to provide healthy options. I tried my best to serve food that’s customizable, healthy, yet delicious and sustaining for men doing hard work.
I want to be honest and humble with you all – I didn’t do the best job. We had pancakes and eggs for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, pizza one night, and pulled pork another. I kept salad on hand for lunches and dinners, but I definitely could have been more prepared.
However this post isn’t so much about me and my failing to prepare for a large group, but more so about how I handled the options that I’d normally shy away from.
- Breakfast. I had eggs and strong coffee with half n half. Pancakes are delicious and all, but I truly wanted to stay on track.
- Lunch. We worked really hard. And were usually starving by the time lunch rolled around. I usually had a half sandwich piled high with meat. I knew that I needed the carbs to fuel my for the rest of the day. I haven’t eaten bread normally for a long time since I’m leaning toward the Paleo lifestyle, but it was necessary.
- Dinner. I had one amazing slice of pizza and supplemented with casein protein. I ate as much pulled pork as I wanted but opted for it over salad instead of a bun.
What I want to address is mindset. I was happy. We were surrounded by friends, working on our new home, enjoying each other and enjoying the work. It didn’t even occur to me that this could have been an opportunity to indulge more than usual.
I think that it’s hard when you are shifting to a healthier perspective not to focus on food. After all, it can be a big change from the ordinary. But it doesn’t have to stay that way. It can be natural and easy if you accept that healthy and sustainable is what you want for your life.
One of the reasons that I advocate for slow sustainable changes and science proven methods is because I truly believe that this needs to be a lifestyle. It’s not often that your lifestyle completely changes in one day, apart from extreme circumstances, thus the need to take your time and concentrate on the small things.
Form habits that will carry you through life. I know that my beliefs aren’t the most popular since people are impatient, but I think it’s the only thing that works.
I’d like for this to be a discussion.
- What do you think?
- Do you constantly struggle over making healthy choices?
- What advice do you want from me on making this a lifestyle?