What's the difference?! Well, lets just talk about mind set for minute!
When we were younger and considered cheating on a test, did we think of it as something we enjoy? How about deserve? How about is needed? Probably not! Labeling and just thinking of your refeed day as cheating is already setting yourself up for a negative mindset and feelings of doing something wrong.
I know that I have tried almost every kind of nutritional plan out there...and almost all of them resulted in me having 'cheat meals' or days which always left me feeling so guilty or discouraged. Even when it was programmed into the plan. I could never just have one cheat meal and feel ok about it because I was so terrified I was cheating and simply doing something wrong. This is the exact reason why so many nutritional plans also didn't work for me. I would literally become so stressed out about what I was or wasn't eating. I would get frustrated when I couldn't enjoy my favorite restaurant or celebrate with friends and family and realistically, down right crabby! Then, I would give up.
It wasn't until just recently that I discovered that when we are restricting our diets for weight loss, performance, maybe just overall health...that we physically need to replace certain things back into our diet. Without getting all scientific on ya, to basically increase our levels of certain nutrients that play such an important role in the conducting's of our bodies. Think of it as a re-set. Our bodies probably don't need that huge plate of delicious pasta with white sauce, hearty craft brew or giant bowl of ice cream, but! Enjoy that, and move on! It'll be ok!
Point is, when we're being mindful of what goes in our mouths, we also have to remember to not be so incredibly hard on ourselves. This world and amazing people in it have created some utterly delicious foods and drinks that likely aren't always that great for us nutritionally. That does not mean we can not have them ever! It means maybe sparingly, which gives us the opportunity to really enjoy them. So don't crush that thinking that you're cheating. Take your refeed day....fuel your body. Make smart decisions and watch portions so you're not going completely overboard, but relax guys. Don't make it harder on yourself!
Who's ready for a good refeed day?!
Do you ever have a great idea in mind...just to have it shut down by the ones you share it with? Does it totally crush you? Well, it does me and did! I shed some tears, slept on it, did probably way too much thinking and stewing as to why things happened the way they did. Then! I woke up and thought, no, I'm doing this! No matter what and if someone doesn't support me, that is ok! That is their choice and I need to allow them that with understanding and compassion.
The old me would have let this bring me down, make my mind race, and bring in a ton of negative thoughts. Would have made me doubt myself and think 'why would I even think I could do that?' Now, I allowed myself that little bit of time and then got up, brushed myself off and moved forward! I have that mind set of determination! I put all the doubts, voices in my head telling me I can't or shouldn't, out of my head! I decided to make a choice to keep pushing and keep moving forward!
Who else is just like me and lets their mind spin out of control in certain situations? We sit and think why people looked at you a certain way and assume they must hate you! We rewind what we wrote or said about 100 times before we'll let it go. We over analyze pretty much EVERYTHING! I'm there with ya! But, I have learned this is in fact a choice. And some times, so that I can sleep at night, I need to just let it go. Sometimes I'll write out what I really want to say to someone, sometimes I'll be a weirdo and talk out loud, yes to myself, on what I'm really thinking. I just need to have my moment and then just let it be...and not let it change what I'm doing or planning to do!
If it's important to you, keep your determination! Push those doubts out of your mind! You got this!
So I'm sure you saw my face on the front page, so you've read a bit about me already! No one wants to talk about themselves TOO much, but I'll throw some more info at ya quick! First of all, I'm the person that's going to keep it real. I don't sugarcoat much and I'm rarely afraid to say what I want or need to. I have a background in healthcare, totaling over 10 years now. I'm a registered nurse with experience in cardiac, stroke, medical hospital nursing, hospice nursing and RN case management for patients who are living in poverty, with physical and mental disabilities. I have a love and true passion for food! HA! Who doesn't, right? Over the past few years I've began to really dig deep into what is going into mine and my families bodies as well as what we are using in our home. Sometimes I wish I would have never taken this path as the more I learn, well let's just say it's eye opening and sometimes straight up scary. None the less, I believe everything happens for a reason and when I look back and see how I was placed in situations and with certain people, who have opened my eyes and exposed me to things that I had never even heard of before, I know it was all on purpose! And I can't ignore that any longer.
I started this business as a way to further help people, because after all, that's what nurses do! I have a dream, like so many others, to leave this world just a little bit better than it was when I was so awesomely put in it. (Note: I can be a little sarcastic and if I put in smiley emoji's every time I was kidding, my page would be full of them!) It's naturally in me to care for others, offer help, and feel the need to help even when I'm not really sure I know how.
In my blog posts I'll be discussing questions that come across to me about food, nutrition, 'cures', how to help with x,y,z, etc. I'll also be featuring products that I personally have used and give real reviews. And I'm just strait up putting myself out there so you all can see...I know just a little about what I'm talking about. :-) Happy Reading!
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