“For the first time in my whole life, I’m not afraid of feelin’ alive,
for the last time, I’m fallin’ behind, and nothing out there will change my mind :)”
There was a time in my life that I never would’ve considered eating more than exactly 1 C. of Fiber One cereal. Sad as it is, I was caught up in a scary cycle of restrictive eating. I never would’ve imagined that a decadent breakfast like this one could also be nutritious and healthy!
Base layer = 1/4 C. oats, 1/2 C. mashed banana, 1 packet Delicious Chocolate Greens ; Middle layer = 1/2 C. plain greek yogurt; Top layer = 1/8 C. sugar free syrup, sprinkling of Udi’s Gluten-free granola, & 1 slice of banana
Whether it was an “eating disorder” or not is debatable, but I found a strong will in my ability to say “no, thanks” to anything that looked like it had an ounce of fat in it. I lost a significant amount of weight, and was miserable. I felt like I was numb to everything. No feelings, no emotions, no nothing. I convinced myself that I’d be happy with a picture perfect (TOO SKINNY) figure, not realizing that I looked like a skeleton when others saw me. Okay…it was an eating disorder.
The Baker’s honey wheat bread sammie with 1 egg + 1 white (poke & pour method), alfalfa sprouts, and Tribe Garlic Lovers hummus with a side salad of kale, sprouts, red pepper, and cucumber in Fat Free Lime Basil dressing.
Lunches never used to consist of more than 2 slices of 45 calorie wheat bread with sliced turkey breast (1 serving only) and a slice of fat free cheese + celery on the side. I never ate other vegetables. Celery was the lowest possible calorie content I could score. And so were the other components.
Too bad if I was still hungry when I was finished eating. I ate what I was allowing myself to have that day, and that was it. An extra apple or yogurt was NEVER allowed, and if I did “splurge” on an extra slice of bread or cup of yogurt, it meant an extra mile of running or biking as a guilty repentance. My parents, family, and friends were SO worried. I’m SO sorry I put you all through that.
Exercise was never a FUN thing. I couldn’t even do the things I loved most. Basketball was a nightmare. I was so fragile and frail, I could barely stay on my feet, let alone dribble, pass, and shoot. The scary part was, no one could tell me how to fix it. I had to do it on my own. It was a realization that I had to come to. I thank God everyday for snapping me out of it and helping me through it.
At one point, it has ruined relationships, diminished friendships, and brought to light a side of me that I absolutely hated. It’s crazy to be admitting this all on the blog, considering my “about me” didn’t get too personal, but it feels SO good to get this off my chest and see how far I’ve really come.
Sweet potato slices with Dark Chocolate Dreams; Broccoli slaw with navy beans, Light Ragu, fat free cottage cheese, and hummus
It wasn’t until I started this blog and became part of the health living community that I TRULY started enjoying food again and being able to partake in those “fear foods” that I once had. I guess that’s why I was so appalled at the Marie Claire controversial article that recently made blogger headlines. I hadn’t addressed it to this point, because I didn’t want to give it attention that it didn’t deserve, but since it’s relevant to this post, I figured I would.
I’m so thrilled about where I’m at right now. Back in school, playing the sport that I love, eating whatever I want, whenever I want it, and feeling completely ALIVE. 🙂 Thank you God for digging me out of the mess I put myself in and leading me to the land of blogging.
Thank all of you readers for your constant support and friendships. They mean the world to me!