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Chocolate, chips and cheese: how I deal with food cravings.

This post contains recipes.

Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist. This advice is given purely on my own experience. If you suffer from body dysmorphia or any other self-harming mental disease related to food then please seek professional help. This is a guide for the occasional craving.

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Whether it’s triggered by boredom, stress, sugar-addiction, ‘that time of the month’, or just being in a certain place in the world, food cravings are a huge part of what it means to be human. For me, food bingeing has always been a coping mechanism for anything bad that I was happening in my life. Dealing with the emotional issues that drove me to overeat was like falling down a rabbit hole, and until mid-2017, it was a journey I didn’t feel strong enough to take.

EVERYTHING IS FINE

ME AVOIDING MY PROBLEMS

I did eventually deal with the emotional root cause of my negative behaviour, but I will be writing a more in-depth post about that side of my life later. For now, let’s get into the topic at hand. CRAVINGS of the food kind.

One of the key focuses of prolonged travel should always be your diet. It can affect many facets of your trip like your self-confidence, energy levels and, most importantly, your health. Even after improving my relationship with my own body, I still suffer from food cravings, particularly at that time of the month. The other issue I have is that I’m intolerant to A LOT of different foods including dairy, peanuts, yeast, wheat and coffee just to name a few.

So how do I deal? Well, I write down all the nutritious things I love eating, I pick one, and then I eat as much as I like. My list usually looks something like this:

The most important part is this. I don’t feel guilty about it. I can’t stress how important this part is. If you feel guilty while you are eating something, you will probably just want more of it, plus all the things that you were trying to stop yourself eating in the first place.

Yes a lot of these items are high fat, or sound sweet, but if you’re just trying to satisfy an occasional craving for sugar or empty carbs, then these options are much, much, much better for your body than a chocolate bar, bag of chips, or wheel of brie. They are filled with healthy fats, nutrients and vitamins, and many contain high levels of anti-oxidants.

Enjoy. Every. Bite.

Your list may look very different, but maybe you’re reading my list and thinking YUM. If so, you’re in luck! Here are the recipes for 3 of my favourite craving-busters! Enjoy :).

The ‘Unattractive but Hunger-Crunching Smoothie’ (vegan)

The ‘Most Delicious Rice Pudding You’ve Ever Eaten’ (vegan)

The ‘I Don’t Need No Toast’ Smashed Avo with Bacon Chips (leave out bacon if vegan)

My first truth about writing and travelling.

You might be wondering why my writing and topics are so all over the place, so I’m going to get into the heavy. Why? Because the heavy is what drove me to start this journey. Also I’m inherently lazy and only want to have to write all of this once.

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The hardest part about writing anything is trying to figure out why you started writing in the first place. Mine usually comes from a very dark place. Was I unsatisfied with my life? Yes. Did I start planning this journey for selfish reasons? Absolutely. Did I arrive at a mental state that I never imagined I’d get to? You got it.

So what is this current mental state? To avoid writing an essay, I’ve condensed it as much as I can.

Between 50,000 and 10,000 years ago, the human race lived in collectivist units. Acts of intelligence, bravery, strength or kindness were rewarded if they were perceived as doing greater good to the community, and acts that generated individual gain were frowned upon. This is how we survived and thrived.

Since the dawn of the agricultural revolution, the paradigm shifted in favour of the individual, and today, the majority of the western world functions in an individualist society where we compete with, rather than support, each other.  Some may contest this, but many others believe that this has resulted in the degradation of our environment, and created a complete disconnect from what it means to be human. I agree with this sentiment.

So, you may ask yourself, what can one apparently powerless individual do about this? Well, I’m so glad you asked.

I genuinely believe that I can have an impact. But there is so much I don’t know or understand. The world is a living, breathing organism in its own right, and I believe that if I don’t understand how it works, I can’t help to make it better. It’s that simple. I believe that we can all make a difference. Not through giant selfless acts, but through small ones, individual to individual.

So why the blog? Well, if through my experience I can enrich just one other person’s knowledge of the world, then that’s my first real contribution to planet Earth. I’ll put all kinds of information here – some of it shallow and materialistic, some of it a bit deeper.

No one is unidimensional, everyone is flawed, and I’m no exception. So if you like randomness, realness, and a little bit of crazy, then welcome to She Travels.

I can teach you to run (well…I taught myself).

Disclaimer: I have never been, nor do I claim to be, an expert in the field of fitness or health. I’m telling my story in the hope that it will help others in a similar position to me.

I’ve struggled with running for as long as I can remember. As I kid I had asthma, but even in my 20’s I would end up red-faced and gasping for air after about 200 metres.

It wasn’t that I was unfit. At the ripe age of 20 I could cycle for hours, interval train on the cross trainer like a champion, and row myself to oblivion. I could yoga, Pilates and pump weights with the best of them. That’s not to say I was perfect in any way – I was a gym junkie with a borderline eating disorder for a year. That’s a story for another day, but the point is I HATED running.

As a teenager, I was always told “you’re either a runner or you’re not”. I think many people are told this myth, and I’m not sure why. Maybe those people who don’t want to run need justification, or maybe those who have always run for exercise want to place themselves in a special group. It may be both, but I certainly fell into the former. I couldn’t count on two hands how many excuses I came up with for not running. “I have bad knees. I used to have asthma. Running isn’t that good for you. It’s raining a little”. Sound familiar?

Over time I came up with excuses for exercise in general, and I found myself in my mid-20s having put on 10 kilos and all over just stuck in a rut. I quit my job and started travelling (again another story), and the walking certainly helped, but on those days where my step count didn’t hit 20,000, I realised that I needed to start doing two things: high impact toning that I could do with no equipment, and cardio that I could do with no equipment.

The toning solution was easy – HIIT workouts get your blood pumping and you can be done in 20 minutes. I will be writing a post about HIIT later, but I knew for the outdoor piece I was going to have to face my greatest nemesis: the act of moving forward where your second leg leaves the ground before the first leg has returned. RUNNING.

So now the part you’ve been waiting for. How did I do it? Well I can’t take all the credit – the advice came from a colleague in my past-life career. I hadn’t decided to listen to it at the time, but at this crucial juncture in my life I remembered what she said. So here it is:

“Choose how long you want to be able to run for”. For me this was 20 minutes. She said, “run at a walking pace if that’s what it takes to keep you running for the whole 20 minutes. If you can feel that you’re not being challenged at any point in the run, increase the pace slightly. If you lose your breath again, come back to jogging on the spot if you must. Just don’t stop running, no matter how slow you end up going”.

So, I did exactly that, and I felt mortifyingly stupid. Have you ever tried running at a walking pace? To say that it feels clownish is an understatement. You feel like a terrible actor trying to slow motion run to a toilet at a casting for a non-speaking role in a commercial for adult diapers.

Ok it’s not that bad, but you do find yourself wondering what other people think of you, especially other runners. Here’s the kicker though.

IT. WORKS.

Sure, you might run at this sluggish pace for a few days, and you might get sore because even at this pace your body is not used to the movement. Then after a week or so you find that at intervals you can run a little faster before returning to a snail’s pace, and then those intervals keep increasing, and then after a month you look back and wonder how it is you managed to get so far in so little time.

The trick: no matter what, just don’t stop running for that time you have set yourself.

Don’t get me wrong here, I’m no marathon runner. I run 2-3 times a week and on a good day, I run 3kms in 20 mins which means I’m clocking 9km/hr. On a bad day, I don’t even run 2kms in that time, but that’s ok, because week on week I still improve, and that’s the only thing I can ask for. I don’t hear my own excuses anymore, because I know I can do it; I’ve given myself that confidence by doing the thing I was so sure I couldn’t do.

Thanks for reading. This method worked for me, and I hope others out there benefit from it too.

ADDED: I always use music, and this was my running schedule for the first two weeks because when I became sore I would rest until I was completely healed:

Day 1 – Run | Day 2 – Rest | Day 3 – Rest | Day 4 – Rest | Day 5 – Rest | Day 6 – Run | Day 7 – Rest | Day 8 – Rest | Day 9 – Rest | Day 10 – Run | Day 11 – Rest | Day 12 – Rest | Day 13 – Run | Day 14 – Rest.

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