Feast & Famine

This past weekend was full of food.

Dinner, brunch, snacks, dinner, and dessert all in the space of 24 hours. Now this seems crazy to me. 3 meals, a snack and a dessert in one day?! (It was actually dinner Saturday to dinner Sunday). It got me thinking about how normal this used to be for me. My body didn’t stand a chance. No matter how healthy I ate, if I stuck to macros or calories, or the amount of carbs, I was over feeding myself by the sheer amount of times a day I was eating. Sometimes it blows my mind how much I used to eat. It was healthy low carb paleo so I thought I was fine. But you can over eat healthy food and that is why my body had a hard time getting rid of excess weight! The way I’ve lost weight in the past year with such ease is incredible.

I call BS on the standard advice of eating 3 times a day with snacks. I call BS on your metabolism slowing down when you miss a meal. I call BS on carbs alone for energy. I call BS on not incorporating mindset into the weight conversation. It’s all BS.

I’m currently sitting at home eating milk chocolate (gasp!) after a delicious dinner of steak and veggies in a very much ‘fed state’. What’s my next move? Fast. I just gave my body plenty of calories and nutrients for it to do its thing for a while (I also happen to have a good amount of body fat for my body to tap into if needed). I ate veggies so I gave my body the micronutrients it needs. It got protein. It got fat. And yup, it got carbs. My job is now to sit back and let my body do what it does best. Since my body is used to fasting a 20 hour fast will be easy and really give my body a chance to use up all those extra calories.

This is not typically how I eat (feasting followed by fasting) If you’ve followed me for a while you’ll know that I typically eat twice a day and weekends sometimes just once. But it is a good tool to have when holidays and birthdays roll around.

Something I truly believe in is finding what works for you. I’ve found the combination of paleo, ketogenic, and IF works for me. It’s easy. I don’t feel deprived. I enjoy my food. I really really love food. Maybe this is the way of eating that works for you. Maybe it’s not! But if you’re not happy with where your body is at, if losing weight feels hard, if you’re hungry all the time, if you feel deprived, then you haven’t found the right way to eat for you. You cannot just follow the standard advice of low fat, tons of grains, and eating every 2-3 hours. Your body is constantly in a fed state.

Step outside of your comfort zone and try something different. Work on your relationship with food (I highly recommend the book Women Food and God) and listen to your body. Pay attention to what feels good. Pay attention to if you’re eating to deal with emotions. And get your butt in the kitchen! A little bit of effort goes a long way.

Food should be fun. It shouldn’t be deprivation. It shouldn’t be overfed. Food should be nourishment that feels good and tastes good.

Sitting down to my meal of bacon wrapped steak topped with blue cheese and veggies I felt as happy as Winnie the Pooh with his honey. Something so healthy that tasted amazing. I felt loved and nourished 💜

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