Wellness

Update on my wellness goals

I thought it was time to give ya’ll an update on how I’m tracking with my wellness goals. I went into more detail about my relationship with food and my wellness goals in this post. To give you a quick recap: my overarching goal is to improve my relationship with food. These are the steps I identified to help get me there:

  • Eat more meals made from scratch
  • Work on portion control, or in other words, eat what I need
  • Meet my daily fibre requirements of at least 25-30 grams a day

My main motivation to do this is to feel better and be more regular. Yes, the latter is an overshare but hey – that’s how I roll!

How have things been going?

My dinner has changed

I’ve had two significant life changes this year: I got married in May and I moved into my new home. When I lived with my parents, I would cook for myself or eat microwave meals for dinner if I was feeling lazy. In hindsight, the best thing about microwave meals is that they’re usually the right amount of food. A lot of my meals were vegetarian as I can’t stomach meat like I used to (honestly, is that an age thing?).

Here’s a random photo of me from my wedding

Nowadays, my husband and I cook at home, which I love. The only downside is that I have been eating a lot more meat and a lot less vegetables. I’ve also been too liberal with my portion sizes, which has bought back some symptoms of discomfort.

I’m eating better at work…most of the time

Compared to what I was when I set my goals, I’ve been pretty consistent with bringing home cooked meals to work. I have weeks where I slack off and let me tell you; it makes me miss my home cooked meals! Trying to figure out what to buy for lunch used to be my ‘normal’, but now it’s so stressful.

I ate a lot of lentil stew for lunch this winter and early spring!

I have slacked off in the past few weeks with bringing healthy snacks to work. I am mindful of this and want to get back into it, as it’s a great opportunity for me to increase my fibre intake and consume more vitamins and minerals.

Treats at work

I’ve had a few weeks at work where my colleagues have bought in sweets for everyone to share. Sometimes I go a little overboard with the sweets and it takes me a few days to feel good again. I guess this highlights how sensitive my gut is?

I slack off on weekends

My husband and I love to have our family and friends over on the weekend. We usually order Pizza or have a barbecue. This is often followed by Palacinke (Croatian pancakes that are similar to a French crepe) or other assortments of chocolate and sweets. We also go to our friends and families houses where similar food is awaiting us.

I do find it hard to control myself here. I know there’s nothing wrong with indulging here and there, however if I go overboard (which I often do) it often takes me until Wednesday to feel better. This isn’t pleasant as it affects my mood and energy levels.

There were some periods that I’m glad are behind me

July and August were particularly shocking from a ‘healthy eating’ point of view. I got into an old cycle of eating crap every night. By crap I mean a block of chocolate one night and half (or a whole pack) of biscuits the next. It’s funny because as a child, and in my teens/early twenties, I could get away with this just fine. Now, I feel so sick and it took me until about the end of September to ‘re-set’.

I guess this kind of highlights how much I love sugar and how addictive it can be. It’s a reminder that I need to be a lot more mindful around it.

Concluding thoughts and where to from here

Overall, things have drastically improved. I know this because I don’t have to take Movicol anymore! But as with most things, there’s room for improvement. Here’s what I plan on focusing on in the upcoming months:

Practice better portion control at dinner

This is pretty self-explanatory. Another thing I want to do is replace some of my meat with vegetables so it’s not as hard on my stomach. This will also help me get more fibre into my diet!

Practice better self-control on the weekend

I do find this can be hard as I am often subjected to “Oh it’s the weekend, don’t worry.” Sometimes people think I’m avoiding certain foods because they think I’m worried about my figure. Interestingly, my present wellness goals nothing to do with my weight.

I think the best way for me to achieve these steps is by reminding myself about how I feel after over-indulging. I’ve been reading a lot about the mind-gut connection and it’s quite interesting how much the food we eat can affect our mood. Keeping this in mind has helped me stay on track in the past, and I’m sure it can help now.

Do you set wellness goals? If you do, please let me know how you track them!

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