So yesterday while at an ObGyn conference, we had the good graces of having the famous (not sure how famous he really is but he’s something for sure) Dr Esselstyn speak to us about health and eating well.
If you have not seen Forks Over Knives on Netflix yet, I highly recommend it. I watched it about 2 years ago while I was with a Family Med doctor who made the change to (almost) an all plant based diet. She even bought a few DVDs to give to her patients. It was inspiring.
My thing is, everything he had on the slide that he told us to give up was everything I eat. If you met me you’d think I was skinny and healthy, when in fact I currently have 2 bottles of Nutella in my room that I literally eat out of with a spoon while I study. I eat at least 2-3 eggs a day, meat has to be in every meal after breakfast in my eyes, and exercise is a hobby I have when it’s beautiful outside! (I do try and go in the winter but its just sooo harrrddddddd). Hence why I started hiking last year to get myself to a better place in life.
I used to be an athlete, soccer player for about 5 years, but that was so long ago and truth be told its time I got it together now that I am in my late 20s and quickly ascending to 30! Besides how can your doctor tell you to be healthy if they aren’t (am I right?).
Long story short, I am going to try and eat salads (hard to make it taste good with hardly any dressing, eggs, meat, and cheese), eat more vegetables in general with fruits. I am going to give this a week and see how I progress. If I loose 5-10 pounds I’ll be at my pre-college/athletic weight days but that will also put me 1-2 BMI points away from the underweight category- also not good. So hopefully it does some good; gives me energy, stabilizes my weight in a good place, rather than make me sick (which I’m sure my body will feel once I cut out sugar).
As you can see below, my typical “study food”, classic “conference food” and my attempt at a good breakfast this morning minus the coffee (just milk! and OJ, no not combined).
I shall keep you posted.