UPDATE: in the meanwhile I have decided to start a Dutch blog to share my experiences about healthy food choices. :) I’ll keep this one separate from the Compagnie M. website, since I don’t want to force people into this new subject. Do you have an original idea for a name? Your help is more then welcome! I don’t have the ambition to become a food expert / guru, but I think my personal ‘struggle’ might inspire some of you! That’s all that counts. M
So strange: lately I’m not only receiving emails from you concerning sewing related stuff, but more often you’re contacting me about healthy food and my ‘new eating habits’ (no, I’m not on a diet! ;) ). Most of the questions are about how I handle this practically with the kids, with my everyday (busy) life, how I stick to healthy food during parties, holiday, … It seems like I’ve inspired some of you. Yes! That’s in fact the ultimate goal of blogging. Inspiring and helping each other.
After my very first blogpost about my weight / food / eating habits / the influence of sugar on my body and the process of ageing / … I was surprised to read your numerous reactions. It’s so clear to me that I’m not the only one ‘struggling’ with a healthier way of eating in this world where everything should go fast, food is often processed and (unhealthy) food is in general available everywhere. I can’t go to a zoo without passing by 10 places where I could possible buy my kids an ice cream! How sad is that!? You can imagine that I can’ t keep saying no to the kids (and myself) all the time. But I’m trying to do my very best. So here is an update for you. :)
I’ve started changing my eating habits half March. That’s exactly 6 months ago. On my scale, I started with a weight of 81,5kg (my god, did I just make that public. Oops! ) and this morning my weight was 70,3kg. (I did go below 70kg already, but of course my weight fluctuates a bit. That’s absolutely normal). So in total I lost about 11,2kg in 6 months time. Without diet BUT with the support of a dietitian. One I can surely recommend: Hella Van Laer from Boechout. You can see the evolution on her scale on the picture below. She didn’t weight me at the start, so the first ticket is actually after the first week. I am proud of this result so I hope you don’t mind me showing off a bit! :) Support and feedback is so important! That’s what I’ve learned so far: you should tell everyone in your environment that you stopped eating sugar, when you feel like trying this yourself. That helps a lot. I even learned Lisa & Nore the difference between fast & slow sugar and they are my personal ‘sugar police officers’ together with Bjorn of course.
So how do I feel in the meanwhile: great. Of course. It’s so obvious that I feel way better now. I sleep better, have more energy for the Compagnie and my family (read energetic kids!). I never ever thought that sugar would have such a bad influence on me. My skin is even more beautiful. I’ve always had a difficult skin, but now it’s acceptable. My hair even feels stronger and grows faster. Strange!
At the moment I don’t exercise. With the kids being at home during holidays I didn’t took the time to go running, but since my calorie intake is way more important, I didn’t bother about it to be honest. On holiday, I didn’t even felt the eager to eat ice-creams or other sweet stuff. No carvings for me anymore. I did eat some french fries and I did gain a bit weight during these 3 weeks. But as my dietician told me: my body found a new balance (I don’t loose weight anymore now or very very slowly) and my metabolism just worked harder during my holiday. After 3 days at home, back to my routine, my weight was at the same level again.
Since we drove to Bulgaria, I took the time to read the ‘Voedselzandloper‘ again. What surprised me even more now, is the fact that even the medical industry / schools / the government don’t always understand the preventive aspect of food in health care. Why do we always wait to go to the doctor till it’s ‘too late’. If we can (sometimes) prevent this, just by treating our bodies well, why don’t we all do this? We only have one body, so my mind set has changed. Hopefully forever! But I’m not naïve, this will be a huge challenge.
At the moment I’m resetting my body again. As I’ve read in ‘Eet mij‘, you can’t always say no to unhealthy food. That’s absolutely normal, so from time to time, I’ll have to reset my body & eating habits. In september I’m following the ‘voedselzandloper’ very strict again. No sugars (refined, slow alcohol), no red meat, no unhealthy fat products, … As I’ve told you before. I’ve completely fallen in love with nuts, grains, quinoa,… One small hint that I can give your through Eveline: buy this type of food online: it’s way cheaper online! (I bought mine at De Notenshop & Notenleverancier). I also discovered this great (Dutch) website: ‘Uit Pauline’s keuken‘. She has a beautiful blog with a separate tag ‘voedselzandloper’. All these recipes look delicious & are ‘voedselzandloper proof’! Some of her desserts even include chocolate (dark one!). I can’t believe I actually started eating a small piece of very dark chocolate a day, just for my health. I don’t love chocolate in general especially not this super dark one, but I’m starting to get used to it.
What about parties? I don’t drink alcohol at the moment anymore (hardly touched a glass since I started), I just can’t bear it anymore. A half glass and I get a nasty headache. That helps! My body is warning me when I make unhealthy choice. How useful. So next week when we go to a marriage I will stick to water unless they wil serve me ‘fresh juices’… But that’s not a problem for me. I don’t even mind if people think I’m a weirdo: I don’t drink alcohol. Easy as that. I don’t have to justify this. I’m still the same cheerful person. Without mood swings because of my healthy food choices!
What I do notice from time to time is that my environment (like Lisa & Nore’s school) isn’t always ready to understand my point of view… A small anecdote: at the first class meeting I was frustrated. In our school kids are allowed to drink apple juice, orange juice and chocolate milk during lunch break. Of course I was already aware of this, since my kids are already going to this school for 2 years. But every time at the beginning of the new school year, I’m one of the few mothers asking again NOT to serve Lisa & Nore any of those sugary drinks. And every year again, it’s seems like a problem for the teachers to guarantee me that my girls will stick to water. So I just have to keep my fingers crossed (and hope my girls will pick water everyday), but it would be so much easier if school would only serve water (or tea? My girls love tea). I think in the meanwhile my girls are big enough to say no (and I hope they do), but what about the educational responsibility of a school? Are you also struggling with this issue at your school? I guess I’ll have to contact the school board to get this topic on the agenda…
I could write and talk hours and hours about this topic. The more I read about food, the more I understand the food industry, … the more I feel like sharing my knowledge with you.What do you think? Shall I start a 2nd blog page about how I kind of try to fight against unhealthy food choices, how I try to understand deceptive marketing claims & read ingredients lists,.. Shall I share the recipes I’m trying? Ingredients that I think are great choices. Would that sound interesting to you? I will not give you personal advice about food, because I’m not a doctor or dietitian. But maybe my personal story and perception on food (& the food industry) might help you to try this ‘sugar less life’ (free is almost impossible & you do need sugar to keep your brains functioning!). Also look at it the other way around. I think I would be super motivated to not give up when you start following my new blog. What do you think? Shall we give it a try?