Whew , what a Saturday. We had our biochem final today, which ended up being a two in one deal. We had just finished writing one test when our professor pulled out an extra one – as a Christmas present :(. I studied hard, but I’m pretty sure I failed one if not both – but I’m refusing to worry about that now 🙂
On a completly unrelated note , I know I haven’t done a “foodie” post here in a while but that’s because I’ve been having a funny sort of relationship with it recently. I’ve been trying to figure out the cause of my stomach pains by eliminating different things, at some point saying “Screw it all” and eating tons of junk food, or just refusing to think about it all together. I’m at a point right now where I’m just sick and tired of it all, I actually seem to have a kind of personal vendeta against food so I don’t put much thought into it. I don’t plate it nice, I eat and go on with my day. This less obsessive approach is working well for me so far, but it doesn’t result in very many food pics.
Peanut butter hummus with quark and apples/carrot
Rice cakes, cheese, eggs, refried beans, spinach
See – it’s really been nothing exiting round these parts
Currently, I’m finding that beans/grains seem to agrivate my stomach issues (that coupled with overdoeses of dairy). As a result day to day staples are : eggs, green smoothies, banana’s, apples and other fruit, peanut butter, nuts, vegetables (potatoes, greens and other) eggs, fish, and occasionally meat (although I still really can’t stand the taste, so this happens once in a blue moon). So as you can see, nothing too exiting to post on a day to day basis.
However the holiday’s are approaching, and honestly Christmas is in a large part about the food. Anyone who has ever had any food issues knows that Christmas can be a difficult time. And I’m no exception. Sure, I’ve made loads of progress during the last years – but this year I want it to be better then ever (more on why later). I’m so sick and tired of food issues ruining my Christmases, so I’ve decided to do something about it.
I love practically all things Christmas – but what I don’t love is the all the diet hype in the media during Christmas time. I honestly HATE all the “How not to gain weight over the holiday” or “10 foods you should avoid this holiday season”. Christmas comes once a year – and because of that I think it’s important to focus on enjoying the things that come with it – family and friends, old traditions, and some extra treats. And if you gain a little weight – so what?! If you don’t need it – you’ll lose it later on in the year, and if you need it (like me) then good for you. No need to freak out and obsess about eating the “right foods” and ruin your holidays (believe me, I’ve done this once too often and it’s NO fun).
So here’s my diet philosophy for this year – enjoy your food. Since I’ve been struggling a bit with binging recently the element of “balance” and “moderation” are sometimes lost. Also my still unresolved stomach issues add a whole other level to the issue But I don’t want the fear of overeating to stop me from enjoying the holiday treats. So I’ve decided this year I’m going to focus on ENJOYING everything. No mindless eating, no binging, no restricting. I will eat what I want, when I want and really savor the process. Christmas only comes once a year – and the food involved is not just something we eat, it’s a way we bond with those close to us, it’s tradition, its a whole set of fond memories that can last forever. And I’m not going to let some silly stomach issues or ED reminants steal that away from me.
Ok, it’s getting late and I gotta hit the sack – it’s a working day for me tomorrow and some pretty hectic days ahead (more on that later, so stay tuned ;))
What are your thoughts on the issues of the Holidays/food?