Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Being Public About Your Eating Habits

Posting a run down of everything I ate for the day can be time consuming, and I'd imagine it can get kind of boring to read.  I drool over blogs like Minimalist Baker and Smitten Kitchen because the recipes and photography are so beautiful.  In the end, though, I like to follow along with people, and I like blogs full of stories and struggles.  I take pictures of what I eat every day, because when I went vegan, I thought, "Ok, so I see these pretty pictures, but what did they actually eat all day?!"  More than anything though, I feel like examining and not hiding what I'm eating is healing me.

I have spent years of my life eating in shame, not eating in shame, or purging in shame.  I've always had spells where I wouldn't want anyone to see my eating habits, so trying to write about them everyday has been liberating.  I'm not perfect.  I get lazy on the weekends, or I have weeks where I just can't handle it, but the process of it has made me examine how and what I eat.  The best thing, I guess, is that I'm not afraid to share anymore.  I spent so many years in high school and college eating huge amounts of food, only to get rid of it through purging and exercise.  Then, I spent a couple months trying to eat as little as possible, sometimes going days without eating.  All of this developed a real sense of secretive eating habits that I've been trying to break.  Living with Josh has really been the thing that broke it, because meal time is now something that we can do together, and I don't have to be ashamed.

Going vegan coincided with a real change in myself to start treating my body better, but it's not a cure for disordered eating.  It's easy to eat 3 vegan microwave burritos and a pint of coconut milk ice cream and hate yourself.  Those disordered eating habits aren't cured, they're just changed.  It's really only through talking about it and being open about it that I've come to a healthy, calm way of eating.

This blog has been incredibly helpful to me, and along the way I feel like I have an outlet for a lot of feelings and troubles surrounding food that I have not been able to work out.  I publicly get "back on the wagon" a lot, and because I've been writing about it, I can look back and see my patterns.  It makes me realize that there is no "wagon."  I have to take healthy eating one meal at a time.  You get to see me eat salads and feel great, and you also get to see those days where I say f-it and eat a basket of chips and a drink a monster beer.  It's all me.

Thanks for coming along with me.  I hope it helps you in some way too.

I'm happy to write about days like today, because I'm proud of them.  I got up, made juice, and didn't feel crazy hungry all morning.  I went to the gym for the first time in a long time (during lunch) and realized just how weak my arms are.  I'm excited to work on strength from here on out.  I was super happy when I came back from the gym, and I chowed down on my stack salad.

Post-salad happiness!  I worked all afternoon, feeling great and not too hungry.  Around 3 I was needing a snack, so I went for almonds.  Why don't I eat these every day?!  Almonds are delicious.

Grrrr. ALMONDS!  Great snack.  It game me the energy to play with color pencils for the rest of the afternoon.  I'm working on an elevation color study for a school I'm working on.

It's a really good day at work when I get to color!

Now, in the end, I'll give you some pretty pictures!  The recipe isn't anything special.  In fact, it's open a can of rotelle and a can of beans, rinse them, heat them up, and use them as the filler for a yummy quesadilla.  I served it with a small salad.

That's all you have to do!  I'm sure this would be good with more elaborate things, like tempeh and corn, but when it's the weeknight and I'm hungry, I want very simple dinners.

What are your favorite go-to weeknight meals?  Which kind of blogs do you prefer?


  1. I love your daily eats post. Honestly, the blogs that just list what people are eating everyday are my fave. It's more personal, more open, more like I'm just hanging out and eating with you (that sounds totally creepy...sorry!). And that quesadilla looks AMAZING!

    1. hehe thanks bianca! your blog was one of the first ones I found way back in the day, and I love reading it too! i definitely feel like i connect more with blogs that just tell life like it is and say what people are up to! :)

      the quesadilla was totally amazing. that's probably going to be dinner again tonight, haha.

  2. Hi Dana,

    I've never commented before, but I follow your blog. I have serious eating problems, and find that looking at what people eat in a healthy way is very helpful. So, thank you.

    1. I'm sorry that you are struggling, but you are not alone, even though it might seem like it. Some days the struggle is easier than others, but keep moving forward, and if you need to reach out, send me an email.

  3. I thoroughly enjoy your blog, Dana! I enjoy your daily posts about what you've eaten, because it provides me with lots of great, veggie-filled, healthy ideas! I find myself in a food-rut more often than I feel like I should be and I appreciate all of the meal ideas that you post. I also appreciate your approach and your openness. It helps to know we are not alone in our food struggles, whatever they may be. Thank you!

    1. Thanks, Sheridan! I'm really glad that you enjoy it! :) It's very easy to get into food ruts, but I definitely try to find inspiration on the internet to change things up. After photographing the same salad at lunch for the 4th day in a row I often think "really, taking a picture of this again," but ultimately, it's really fun for me, and it's a great log to look back on. I think it's helping me eat in a healthier way. Struggles will be there, but we have to move forward :)

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