It’s been 5 days since Junk Free June finished there is a chance that I have overdone it since.
Ok actually not a chance, I have completely overdone it. I have eaten a ridiculous amount of chocolate And also way too much peanut butter and I don’t feel amazing. My skin and asthma are playing up and I don’t have a lot of energy. I’m not sick, I’m just slipping back into old habits. The kind where I eat and eat and eat, even if I’m not hungry.
As a consequence, I am noticing that my clothes aren’t as loose as they were. Nothing major, but if I continue down this track I will undo all my hard work. It’s not all bad, The difference this time round is I’m still sticking to my elimination diet, but there is just no way I should be eating this much chocolate and peanuts. Everything in moderation.
In weight loss and healthy eating, the general rule is that its 90% eating, 10% physical exercise and 100% mental. And this is totally true for me. When I’m not 100% committed my eating goes out the door which in turn causes my exercise to go out the window. I can’t have any of the components without each other.
But now that I am allowed treats in my diet I want to adopt a new rule (for me). 80/20. 80% clean eating, 20% treats.
It’s all about finding the right balance. I felt great all June, I wasn’t eating anything too much, I was just eating what I needed to. I wasn’t exercising quite as much as I should have been, but everything was on track. Towards the end of the month I decided to make my own peanut butter. The ingredients? Peanuts. I slow roasted them then blended them up until they resembled peanut butter and it is delicious!
So delicious that I’ve eating a lot more than my usual tablespoon a day. The first couple of days it didn’t matter. Then I started feeling bloated. Then my skin started to get itchy. Then tired and sore. Then Junk Free June finished and I started loading up on chocolate and my symptoms got worse.
I don’t want to backtrack, but I don’t want to cut out treats completely, so I just need to find the balance. My body is obviously going to tell me when I’m over indulging, so I need to start listening to it. This means not eating chocolate every day and limiting my peanut intake. And that’s where the 100% mental dedication is needed. Itswnot going to be easy to start with, but until I do I won’t be reintroducing any more foods into my diet.
80/20 means I’ll be able to have cheat meals eventually too which, will be nice. That’s something I haven’t done all year!
Anyone else eating 80/20? I’d love any tips on how to do it as I’m a apparently not too strong willed when it comes to chocolate as I should be.
Smiles and Sunshine