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Yesterday I shared the three goals/challenges my dietitian and I set for myself to complete throughout the first week after meeting with her. I described The Smoothie Challenge yesterday and, in light of What I Ate Wednesday, I will share what my week of eats looked like while pushing myself to step out of my comfort zone.
The first week after seeing my dietitian for the very first time I did not have a meal plan, so we set the three challenges I shared with you yesterday until she created my meal plan.
One of the challenges was to have at least one “treat meal” or food that I normally don’t have.
Personally, I hate the word “treat” or “cheat” meal and I haven’t used these terms since beginning my intuitive eating journey since foods should not be labeled good or bad.
I also don’t like numbers. I didn’t want to allow myself just one meal that I would usually consider “off limits” because this would make me feel restricted, so I solved this problem by having meals a may not typically have each and every day for a full week.
I made sure my breakfasts were hearty and contained a balance of protein, complex carbs, and healthy fats. My favourite was this mushroom and spinach omelette made with 3 whole eggs and a side of flaxseed bread.
I went out for all you can eat ribs at Montana’s twice and managed to devour two racks of fall off the bone ribs
I enjoyed having ribs so much that I also went to Swiss Chalet and enjoyed their rib dinner, too!
The dining out streak continued as I also found myself chomping down on a filet mignon cooked to medium rare at The Keg.
But, when I didn’t dine out at restaurants I still made sure I stepped out of my comfort zone while at home and on the beach
I had hot dogs for the first time since I don’t know when!
And broke food rules and tried my very first Luna and Clif bars!
I also munched on nuts and nut butters throughout the days.
And added ice cream in every now and then.
Throughout the week as I pushed myself outside of my comfort zone on a daily basis I realized that this is the only way change is made. I’m happy that I didn’t only have one outside-of-my-comfort-zone type of meal and walk away thinking “OK, good enough!”
When I met with my dietitian for the second time and shared with her my successes of the week, she was incredibly proud and asked me “If you ate like this for the rest of your life, how would you feel?”
It didn’t take me long to answer back by saying “I would feel amazing! I would feel normal!?”
And that’s when we decided that I don’t need a meal plan because I am capable of eating normal and having not-so-healthy foods and not feeling guilty about them; therefore, she gave me the meal plan she developed for me, but told me to keep eating as I have been, but if I do need structure that I can fall back onto her meal plan.
I feel comfortable with this plan we’ve decided on and will fill you in on the third challenge, The Unknown Oatmeal, in tomorrow’s post! Then it’s HFF So, make sure you email me your high fives! I want my inbox full
For more details about HFF please read here.
Do you put limitations on how many “treat meals” you can have per week? I personally don’t believe in doing this because it leaves me feeling restricted as I mentioned, but it also leads me to feel guilt if I go over that “one allowed” treat meal. Therefore, I say ditch the numbers and eat freely all of the time! Stop counting how many times you didn’t eat “perfectly” and start enjoying all of the foods you and your body love!