Eating styles? Do I have one?

Hello Everyone & HAPPY MONDAY!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! If you were like me and trapped indoors because of the snow, then you had a chance to catch up on some blog and article reading.

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I’ve been doing a great deal of thinking about the way I eat. What’s my eating style? Do I have one? I eat mostly healthy foods and love, love, love learning healthy recipes. This wasn’t always the case and over the last few years I’ve  changed how and what I eat to cater to my goals. At one point it was to fuel the muscles I’ve grown on a great training program, another time to lose weight I gained from starting a brand new job, and most times to maintain my weight. I’ve tracked macros, counted calories and carb cycled to feed my body. It can be very stressful, especially around the holidays and social events!

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I’m a notorious calorie counter but what has made me feel happy is just eating mostly clean foods and not having to track anything. Usually easier to do when I’m exercising the way I like! With my current injury and not having the ability to really train heavy… my food panic has set in! Do I count calories?…I’m 4’10, I don’t have a lot of wiggle room. Do I cut carbs? Should I have 6 meals or 5 meals now? Do any of these questions sound familiar to you?! Well…I’M WITH YA!

I came across this guest post from Jan over at Sprouts n Squats about Intuitive eating. Needless to say I am intrigued. During this holiday break, I plan to explore this idea! If you have any feedback about your own experience, please let me know!

Question of the day: What’s your eating style? Do you have one?

Make it a STRONG week!! 🙂

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6 thoughts on “Eating styles? Do I have one?

  1. Oh girl can I ever relate. I was an obsessive calorie/macro tracker for YEARS, and it got to the point where it was just taking up so much time and energy, and causing me so much stress, that something had to give. I started slow, with just one snack a day that I didn’t count, and eventually worked my way up to where I stopped counting completely. Taking that leap of faith is definitely terrifying, but SO rewarding. And the best part? I didn’t end up ballooning up like I thought I would.

    • I def catch myself stressing out about it…especially lately. I’m so inspired by your transition!! I think it’ll be a necessary change for my sanity. It will take some time I know, so thank you for the advice on taking it slow!

  2. I used to count calories like craaaaazy but in the past few years I’ve realized that if I eat whole foods, lots of protein, and healthy fats, I actually get full enough to where I won’t gain weight on my own without having to count anything. Also, now that I lift a ton, I have a lot more wiggle room because muscles burns more calories than fat. It’s always a struggle, though!

    • Thanks Lauren. It becomes second nature to count and you’re right, if it’s healthy and in moderation it’s unlikely I’m going to gain a tremendous amount of weight. I’m going to take it one day at a time! I love that you lift heavy btw!! Nothing better than burning calories while getting stronger. 🙂

  3. I’m glad you enjoyed my post 🙂 You definitely have to find what works for you. When I first stopped calorie counting it was a very very hard thing to do and even now I have thoughts of wanting to go back to calorie counting but for the most part it is so much more freeing to not have to count and be tied down by numbers. I can’t recommend reading the book enough, also if you want a free resource, Josie Spinardi has some amazing videos on Youtube.

    • Jan thank you so much for the info!! It will be really interesting to learn to listen to my body better. I”m going to order the book on Amazon today to read over break. I’m excited! Thank you again for sparking this interest. I love your story!

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