There comes a time in a girl's life when she needs to stop overthinking things.
Let me tell you a little story about this girl, we'll call Emily. She competed in a fitness competition and had soooo much fun. She was energized and loved seeing her body transform. She messed up her reverse diet when she went on vacation soon after, but was ready to get back into her routine until...
Adrenal fatigue happened. After a couple of weeks of that, this girl was ready to get back into a routine. But then...
This girl, oh heck, let me just write in the first person...I found out I have leaky gut and a gillion foods (give or take a few) on my avoids list. Almost everything that I've eaten for the last six months is now no longer permitted. There was an intense detox week where I basically ate vegetables and six ounces of chicken each day. That week sucked ass but I got through (and will never do it again...I felt like a drunk, stumbling over my words). The following weeks made me realize that I can't do intuitive eating after such an extreme detox. I think because my body felt like I was going to starve it again. But what does that have to do with the here and now?
I feel restricted with all of the foods on my avoids list. Most notably...eggs. I love eggs and have eaten them since I was a young wannabe awesome girl.
What the ever-loving fuck am I supposed to eat? Oh and as part of this GI Repair protocol, my nutritionist wants me to eat a diet that's 75% vegetables (which I pretty much overdosed on during detox week) and to limit my animal proteins. Side note: This will make it extremely difficult to build muscle. Like any girl these days, I took to pinterest to figure out breakfast options for eggless, gluten-free dairy-free deliciousness.
But you know what I learned this week? These things aren't filling or satisfying to me. Even when I add an organic chicken sausage link. Pinterest is great for ideas. But as some point, there's too much information, too many options. And I'm trying to make this work with my macros (because I need that structure in my life). This stuff is not low carb, which is what my body needs to meet my every day fit (and competition/photo shoot prep) goals. So I came to a realization this afternoon on a four hour drive home.
I'm trying to find these solutions to this problem I have when instead...I just just go back to basics. As I mentioned in my snapchat...
I'd be having about the same amount of carbs as those vegan pumpkin chocolate cookies and I can still have my organic chicken sausage and feel full. Not having eggs is tough...not gonna lie. I don't need fancy egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, almond-free recipes. I just need to get back to basics and keep it clean and simple until I can incorporate eggs (or whey protein) in my diet again. Until we meet again, eggs... Cinderella sang all my feels for you.
I firmly believe that fitness and well being is a journey. I love strength training and running. I tend to eat clean, and I'm currently practicing flexible dieting (IIFYM)!