Healthy Meals, Happy Life: Falling Off The Wagon

What happens when you make a Big Change, and everything is going along great,  and you feel better than you have in years and then you think to yourself…….

“This donut won’t hurt.”

Well I’ll tell you. Because the last few weeks I’ve fallen completely off the healthy food wagon.

That’s right. My healthy eating journey has taken a little detour as of late.

You might remember in my first post in this series where I talked about how much I loved Whole30 and the amazing results I got from changing my eating habits. I had very serious intentions of maintaining that way of eating by transitioning to a sort of Paleo-style mindset.

I would just have treats occasionally, I said. Surely just a little bit won’t hurt, I said.

One or two cheats turned in to five, then ten, and then before I knew it I was driving through Burger King justifying why I was just too hungry to wait to get home and eat healthy so the Whopper Jr. with cheese would just have to be dinner and wondering……how did I get back here?

Healthy eating changed me. The changes were wonderful. But it actually took going back to the old way, the donuts and cookies and soda and burgers, to go back to Before to realize exactly what I had lost during 30 days of clean, healthy eating.

During those 30 days I had lost the mid-afternoon slump. The overwhelming feeling that 3pm was either nap time or extra large coffee time. This feeling was gone during whole30, but now I pretty much want to crawl back in to bed before I even get up in the morning. It has returned with a vengeance.

I had lost my irrational train of thought. The kids making me bonkers for no good reason, crying about small things was totally justified and that it was ok to be “cranky just because.” I lost all those feelings during Whole30. I had clarity and control over my emotions and, generally speaking, a good attitude. I was the nice, fun, happy Mom then. During my food detour that little crazy-train has pulled right back in to the station, allowed me to board, and is chugging right along through mountains of bad attitude, short tempers and emotional irregularity.

And last but not least, I had lost the Blahs. The “my clothes don’t fit right” bloating, the I feel just a little bit sick-and-yucky all the time, the regular headaches frequent combo of motrin+caffiene to try and right myself that had become an almost daily habit.

The thing is, I did not really realize just how bad Bad Food was making me feel…..until I ate Good Food and felt better. Much to my surprise, I found the difference to be night and day. I am going to do a second Whole30, and this time I have that good ol’ teacher known as “experience” to remind me why continuing to eat well afterwards isn’t just a choice, but a necessity if I want to continue to feel well balanced and healthy in my daily life.

Breakfast can be a challenging meal when it comes to eating well, especially if you are eliminating or reducing carbs. Here is a delicious granola recipe. And it is even Kid-Approved!

(Modified) Paleo Granola Crunch

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(Original Paleo Granola Crunch Recipe can be found at: Our Full Plate)

Here is my modified Recipe of the above.

I substitute Pecans and Walnuts for the pumpkin & sunflower seeds because, well….I like them better! 🙂

Ingredients
  • Dry Ingredients:
  • ¾ cup of raw Walnuts, chopped
  • ¾ cup of raw Pecans, chopped
  • 1½ cup of almond meal
  • 1½ cup of shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 3 cups of raw slivered, chopped, or sliced almonds
  • 3-4 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice
  • Wet Ingredients:
  • ¾ cups of raw honey
  • 3 tablespoons of pure vanilla
  • ¾ cup of melted coconut oil
  • Note: put oil in last so it lightly coats and helps keep it from sticking to pan or foil. You may not need the full ¾ cup. I used a little over ½ cup. (I always have just mixed all the wet ingredients including the oil together and it has turned out fine!)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Mix all the Dry ingredients first.
  3. Stir in the Wet ingredients. It comes together pretty easy. Line baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and spread on a full cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove after 15 minutes and stir. Place back in oven 5 more minutes. Let it cool for about 5-10 minutes and then dig in! Tastes GREAT with almond milk and blueberries on top!!

 

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