I wanted to write a bit about how I eat and how I got to this point. I know a lot of people want to change their eating habits and start eating healthier, but don't know where to start. Just know that no one changes their habits overnight. No one goes from not making the best choices to suddenly eating 100% clean. It takes time to create habits. It takes a lot of conscious effort.
First things first, I have NOT always been a healthy eater. Growing up, my mum always had vegetables and salad with a homemade dinner. It was normal to eat lots of fruits and veggies (with a lot of snacks too haha) while I was growing up. When I was in Junior High and High School, I ate whatever I wanted and never really thought about food. I'm pretty sure I ate at Wendy's every day for lunch during High School haha.
The body has always fascinated me, I love helping people, and I've always been active, so when I got to college I looked for health-related majors and settled on Public Health. I also minored in Nutrition because a lot of the classes overlapped. While going through my courses, I learned a lot about CALORIES IN VS. CALORIES OUT. In a few of my classes, we had to count our calories for a week and evaluate how we were eating. I periodically did this because that's what I was taught, but it never really made sense to me. Two foods might have the same amount of calories, but impact your body VERY differently. College classes preach USDA guidelines which are all about low fat foods, juices counting as a serving of fruit, etc. BUT that's what I learned and so I thought it was right. I ate like that, but my body never really changed.
After I graduated, I got a job as a health coach and learned SO MUCH MORE about nutrition! I learned 1000000x more than I did getting my degree haha. I was educated more about nutrition, learned the actual science of weight loss, and did a ton of my own research. I also learned a lot more about macros, and had all my participants track their food and macros so I could help them achieve their goals. I counted macros myself for about a year and that's when my body started changing. I learned how my body responded to different foods through counting macros, and I learned the right balance for my body. I ate healthy foods throughout the week, and had one cheat meal a week.
I continued to work as a health coach throughout my entire pregnancy, so when I was first pregnant, I still counted macros. I very quickly noticed that this wasn't going to work for me. I wanted to focus ENTIRELY on my baby, and to give her what she needed to grow properly. I didn't want to feel bad for not being able to hit certain numbers, or to ever feel like I had to restrict myself. Some days I just craaaaved healthy fats, and I trusted my body's instincts and gave it what it needed. While studying pregnancy, and my babies development, I noticed I craved fats around the times Piper's brain was making huge developments etc., and fats are incredibly important for that! If I had still been counting macros, I would have restricted my fat intake and not given me and Piper the necessary nutrition.
I stopped counting macros, and starting paying more attention to the ingredients of what I was eating. During pregnancy I swear my taste buds were extra sensitive and I could taste EVERYTHING. I used to eat Quest Bars a lot, and during pregnancy I would just taste alllllll the nasty additives. I wanted to give Piper the best of the best, so I started focusing on eating REAL food, with recognizable ingredients. Of course, I still ate treats here and there, but for the most part, I tried really hard to eat foods that were good for me and Pipes.
Since focusing on real food, and intuitively eating, I feel SO free and SO good. Counting macros is a great place to start, and it teaches you a lot about food and your body, but it's very easy to get obsessive over it. I love listening to my body and giving it what it needs. I feel amazing just eating healthy food, and as much of it as I need. I've also learned a lot about food and what's actually healthy. I was thinking about maybe counting macros after pregnancy, but I love how good I feel, how my body has responded, and I love knowing I'm giving me and Piper the real deal. I eat QUALITY food about 80-90% of the time, and still have a cheat meal with my husband one night a week. I'll sometimes also have a treat one other night in the week. I don't feel restricted. I don't feel like I'm on a diet. I LIKE eating healthy, but I also like treats. I've found a great balance between the two that works for me.
As you can see, my eating has evolved and improved over the years. I didn't suddenly start eating like I am now. It's taken time and consistency. If you are trying to improve your health, but don't know where to start, set ONE small goal. Take it a day at a time. Maybe start with drinking at LEAST 10 cups of water. Once you have that down, start with eating a healthy breakfast every morning. Go from there and things will change before you know it!