04 August 2014

A new way to eat…update

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: Food, Random

In May, I posted that my doctor wanted me to try and cut out dairy, processed sugar and gluten, due to me gaining a LOT of weight.

Well, I tried it, and it was really difficult. I even tried Paleo and that was tough and exhausting. Seriously, I was exhausted ALL OF THE TIME.

Then, after a heart to heart with a few friends, knowing (at the time) that I was training, I started adding carbs back in and a little dairy. And then I found out that a medication I was on was contributing to the weight gain (in addition to some poor diet habits) so I started withdrawing that from my system too.

But then, I started thinking about how I can try and fuel my body (pre-stress fracture) with as much good nutrient-rich stuff as possible. And see how that feels.So I started adding chia and flaxseeds to my foods, got dried apricots and nuts as snacks, started making my own lunches and dinners (unless I was going out) and they were loaded with greens, nuts, veggies, beans and protein.

And sure, some dairy too, but still not at the level it was before.And you know what?

One, it was really fucking expensive. Seriously, eating healthy has made my food bill double.

Two, I started feeling better. I was shocked how I could feel full from what I was eating, but not feel gross, like I could explode.

I would feel full and STAY full for hours, much longer than I would before.

And now, I find that sometimes I sleep better too.I’ll be real, I don’t always eat healthy. I have Saturday as a cheat day, full of donuts, cookies, wine, cheese flights and stuff (okay that was yesterday), but I am trying to eat as clean as possible. And as much of my own stuff as possible too.

I’ll always drink beer, drink wine, eat fried chicken or sweets. But since it’s been more of a balance and I have seen and felt the difference, yeah I don’t mind it.

And when I get back to training, it’ll help me be a better athlete again too. WIN!

But seriously, eating healthy is expensive!


  1. ihealbox.com says:

    I can not exercise to lose weight, I can not stick to it, but I can go on a diet, control my appetite.

  2. Sara says:

    I have a friend who went gluten and carb free to lose weight. She now has serious health issues and was yelled at by her surgeon that carb free is dangerous. You need carbs, carbs are good in moderation. I feel terrible for her, she’s had two surgeries and now has a monitored diet. And she wasn’t even as hardcore as other friends of mine. Scary stuff.

  3. tiffany says:

    trader joe’s is a great option and costco. local produce is great too and ethnic stores have great prices. invest in spices and then just meal plan with proteins and what not and you’ll see the bill go down. lime and garlic are my best friends. good luck!

  4. Katelin says:

    OH my gosh I know. Healthy eating is so damn expensive. To eat organic or even just healthier is such a huge dent in the wallet, my goodness. But sounds like you’re doing it girl, so keep it up!

  5. Jess says:

    I just saw this, via NPR. It’s a free cookbook with recipes for healthy meals less than $4/day. https://8b862ca0073972f0472b704e2c0c21d0480f50d3.googledrive.com/host/0Bxd6wdCBD_2tdUdtM0d4WTJmclU/good-and-cheap.pdf

  6. Jenn Sutherland says:

    Truth. The cost of high quality food is a luxury we are lucky to be able to afford, and an expense I’m glad to make if it benefits my health. Keep on going – and I’ll share a few secrets to keep that grocery bill in check this weekend!