(This is Part 2 of the Beautiful Change Challenge, a sponsored post project I’ve launched with Aveeno and Glam Media. See how I challenged myself to speeding up my morning routine here! And see my disclosure policy here.)
Then there was the time (ahem, recently) when I confessed my love for mayonnaise.
If you’re confused about my eating habits, you’re not alone. Because I’m evolving — even coming full circle in some cases — and at long last, I’ve come to this.
[I] “eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”
There are two labels that make me shudder a little these days, despite the fact that I consider myself both:
- healthy living blogger
The words have been bastardized and stereotyped (in large part by those of us who are in the community) and frankly, these days I eat what I want to eat, when I want to eat it.
Having said that, while there are near daily exceptions (how did I go so long without soda in my life? and don’t get between me and my flavored coffee creamer), I do follow a clean diet whenever possible.
Aveeno has challenged me to look at my diet and make healthy changes for a healthy body. At the risk of sounding like I’ve copped out — my challenge is to keep doing what I’m doing. Because I’ve been restrictive. I’ve counted calories. I’ve eaten diet food. And none of it made sense for me.
(Why it took me years to figure this out, I don’t know…)
I read labels and try to make wise decisions or to at least be informed when I’m making less-than-stellar choices. I try to watch my caffeine intake, because detoxing is a disaster that I’d rather never have to go through again, and I load up on protein and healthy fats because I know that they keep me full and give me energy.
I drink copious amounts of water (and pee a lot, as my colleagues will tell you) and eat very little processed sugar. I use stevia instead of Splenda. I load up on vegetables.
And I enjoy food. I look forward to eating, and not just the meal itself, but the act of filling my body with food that fuels me. I’ve run on peanut butter and I’ve run on an empty stomach and the first is far superior to the second.
Remember: “moderation in all things, including moderation.”
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