Over the weekend, I went on a girls trip with my mom and sisters. We had a beautiful trip. The weather was absolutely perfect. Our cabin was the cutest as you can see from the picture here.
I was reflecting this morning on my personal growth.
Let’s take a look at 2019 me.
Going on a trip like this, I would have been stressed over the thought of trying to be healthy and very anxious about losing all control around food…. (I had a track record of binge eating….especially in settings like these). I would have stressed over every meal, wanting to know all of the places we were going (so I could look at the menu ahead of time). I would have been obsessing over what we were packing/cooking at our place; wanting to eat as “clean” and “perfect” as possible.
Now, let’s take a look at 2022 me.
While there was some planning ahead on my part, there was not a hyper fixation on food. And being honest, I did still feel small triggers of anxiety….that part of me is still sensitive from time to time…but here’s what was different.
My sister and I talked through meals before the trip so that we had a general game plan of when we were cooking and going out to eat. However, anxiety wasn’t driving me. Instead, I put into practice all of the habits that I’ve been working on for years now.
Just because I’m on a trip doesn’t have to mean that all of my habits are out the window.
Habit #1: Healthy breakfast. I prioritize a nutritious and filling breakfast, even when I’m not home. It makes all the difference in my energy levels and how “snacky” I feel throughout the day. My sister brought packs of instant oatmeal and I brought protein powder and peanut butter. These three things make a quick, balanced breakfast.
Habit #2: Pack protein-filled snacks. When I don’t eat enough protein, I get munchy and tend to over eat/feel yucky. I packed some protein bars and RX bars.
Habit #3: Mindful eating. I’ve been working on mindful eating for the last three to four years now. I have learned that I can indeed trust myself around food. I have learned that when I practice habits 1 and 2, it is easier to eat sugar and other goodies in moderation. I am able to truly listen to my body and stop when it’s had enough.
I didn’t stress about eating out at restaurants or the “unhealthy” snacks that would be available on the trip. I focused on eating my breakfast and snack AND if I wanted those other things I ate them. I stopped when I was full/when I’d had enough. I ate a protein bar and I had chips and salsa. I had my oatmeal with protein and peanut butter for breakfast and I had a s’more later.
I love being able to look back and see this growth in my life. It’s been so FREEING to enjoy food. My personal journey has played a huge role in how I show up as a coach to my personal training clients and in my online nutrition program, EatWell. I’ll be doing a special promotion for this program Monday, October 24th- Wednesday, October 26th 2022.
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