Eating Philosophy

My diet has changed a lot throughout the years.  I ate the Standard American Diet growing up, went vegan for a few months, gluten free for a few years, and have slowly moved towards a diet free from grains, legumes, and dairy.  I stay away from most processed foods.  I have confirmed sensitivities to gluten, soy, peanuts, and cow’s milk so that keeps me in check from eating the entire bread basket or whole pizzas at restaurants. I do make my husband hold a piece of bread up for me to smell though. Yes, I actually do that. 😉

My husband and I try to only purchase free range organic meats. My husband also hunts, and we honor the life that was sacrificed for us to eat. As I mentioned before, I was vegan for a few months a few years ago and realized that although I think it is awful to eat factory farmed animals, I don’t feel guilty eating free range animals. You may be different. This is just how I feel.

We sometimes get our eggs from a friend who raises chickens in his backyard, and we got our Thanksgiving turkey from another friend last year who raises about 20 in his backyard. We are all about the local produce and meats. Plus, in most cases, it saves you a lot of money! And, it tastes a heck of a lot better than something that traveled 2,000 miles to my grocery store.

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I LOVE to bake, and if I had to choose just one dessert to have for the rest of my life, it would be peanut butter chocolate chip cookies made with full fat and sugar. Life is too short to eat low-fat fake sugar store bought cookies.  Since I recently found out that I have a peanut sensitivity, the almond butter version has been a good alternative. 😉

Sweets are definitely my Kryptonite, and I have to be mindful of how much sugar I consume since I have the tendency to go overboard.  I used to become hypoglycemic when I didn’t eat right (ie. too many carbs without enough protein or fat).  I felt light headed, shaky, and bitchy.  I even fainted twice because of it.  However, ever since I started eating less carbs and more fat and protein, I don’t have that problem anymore.  I also don’t have to eat every 2-3 hours like I used to.  It is nice!

I like good wine but have been known to drink good cheap wine as well. Heh. I lived in Europe for a couple of years, and for the record, cheap wine in Europe doesn’t equal cheap wine in the states!  🙂 During the racing season, however, alcohol is somewhat limited. This is not necessarily because I’m afraid of the weight gain during racing season b/c of alcohol, but because I’m a cheap date. I have a hangover if I have two glasses of wine. It is sad. Would you want to get up and run x amount of miles with a hangover? I didn’t think so.

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I guess you can say I eat mostly Paleo — fruits, veggies, good fats, and free range meats.  Contrary to popular belief, the Paleo diet can be low carb or high carb based on activity levels.  I modify it based on my workouts.  Also, the majority of my diet consists of plants, NOT animals.

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This way of eating has been instrumental in healing my IBS, given me tons of energy, and allowed me to sleep so much better than I used to.  It has also changed my perception of what eating “healthily” means.  I have learned that good nutrition means something different  for each individual.  This is what works for me. 😉

“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” 

–Ann Wigmore