What I Ate Wednesday #113: Back to Normal

How many times have you heard the word “detox” over the past week? Every time the holidays come around, everyone scrambles to find the best ways to not gain weight and not over-indulge. And when we all give in to the holiday treats, we all want the quick-fix to lose the bloat and get back to where we were pre-holiday, right? Personally, I’m not one to say no to pumpkin roll and peanut butter cups.

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

I’m also not a fan of detoxing. In theory, the idea of cutting out all of the sugar, alcohol, and excess snacking sounds like a good idea. But when I go from all to nothing, I’m not the most fun person to be around. [Don’t ask Nathan.] I prefer to just go back to my regular way of eating.

[Breakfast]
Protein Egg White Oatmeal Oats Fresh Almond Butter Coffee
How could I possibly give up my most favorite breakfast?

[Lunch]
Whole Foods Salad Bar Garlicky Kale
I’ve been going salad bar crazy! This is an old picture, but just imagine all of the delicious salad bar toppings you could possibly get from Whole Foods, Wegmans, etc. It’s the best.

[Dinner]
Lemon Feta Chicken Israeli Couscous Salad

Chicken Shawarma Cabbage Salad Saurkraut Hummus Baba Ghanoush
Nice, light dinners. The other night I made feta chicken, Israeli couscous salad, and a green salad. Last night we went to dinner at a new Mediterranean place that was setup like a Chipotle-style way of ordering. I loaded up on all the veggies and the delicious chicken shawarma, hummus, and baba ghanoush.

[Snacks]
Don’t be fooled by the pictures above. Along with my healthy bars that I’ve been snacking on, I’ve also been popping into the fridge to grab some bites of leftover sausage stuffing, all of the squash and sweet potato, and there have been many spoon dips into the almond butter jar! Obviously, I could be stuffing my face with worse food but there has still been a bit more snacking than a normal day.

So it may not be totally back to normal, but we’re getting there! There’s no quick fix for anything so rather than torturing myself [and everyone around me] with food I don’t want, I’d much rather enjoy what I’m eating and take my good old time.

Food for Thought

Are you a detoxer or do you just got back to your norm?

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6 thoughts on “What I Ate Wednesday #113: Back to Normal

  1. No I’m not a detoxer. In fact, just like you, i don’t blame in that stuff. Life shouldn’t be about restricting ourselves from some good and hearty food & then the following day or day eating nothing but celery to make up for those extra calories. Besides, what people don’t realize is that one or two days of eating “unhealthy” (hate using that word) won’t kill ya.

  2. I feel like the beauty of understanding and living a well-balanced life is that treats/indulgences (whatever you want to call it) can happen on the regular, because healthy eating is now a habit. When I have the change to try something I wouldn’t normally have, I do it, because I know that my next meal is going to be my typical fare. So I don’t stress. So what if during the holidays we fluctuate a little outside the norm? Having our baseline healthy habits makes it not a big deal at all!

  3. In a way I hate the word detox – it just has such a negative stigma to me…extremes just aren’t healthy. Getting back to normal is most definitely the way to do it!

  4. I hate detoxs. They always deprive the body, even if its just deliciousness. I always just try to eat normally and not fret over a few treats.

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