What is in my grocery bag?

Hey peeps!

Previous week has been quite something in terms of my health project. University started with a bang and I spent 9 hours each day on campus working on a project: classical setting for me giving up healthy lifestyle and ending up binging on junk from vending machines. I also have not had the time/energy to exercise in the evening so I was scared that my weight would just sky rocket. However (!!! I am so happy to say that I was capable of saying this), I have managed actually lose weight over the past 1.5 weeks by the way I have been eating. And no, I do not mean starving myself. Actually, I think I am eating a ton of food (at least when compared to the previous times when I was trying to lose weight and I was starving myself).

Victory! But. Wait!

What do I actually eat then?

Plant stuff (you know, fruit, veg and stuff)

By greens, I do not mean merely salad so no worries mama! But I have added a lot more vegetables to my diet. I admit that in the past, I was mainly eating potatoes and pasta (I bet this is familiar to most students) whereas now I am putting a lot more effort into adding various vegetables. I still eat carbs (mmmmmm, pasta) but maybe I am not going so crazy with it all.  I have also started to eat quinoa which has not been disappointing me (it is a great source of protein also)!

I think you should know that I am a very lazy chef. I have always seen food as merely fuel to keep me going until the next meal. Hence, I have not given much of a thought to the things I have put in my mouth.

However, when given the chance, I would always go for (mainly vegetarian) Mexican food. I love Mexican food which is not easy to come by in Europe (especially if you want a healthy version of it). This whole lifestyle adaptation has given me a boost to try and cook those foods myself. So far it is going well (although I keep on forgetting to put the beans to soak 24 hours before planning on eating them). We shall see if I stay enthusiastic about this all for long, though. Let’s be honest, I will never become a humongous foodie.

As a final note, as much as I hate admitting it, I have started to eat oatmeal (my dad must be laughing his butt off right now). I have been traumatised by oatmeal from my childhood but I have started to see why my dad eats it every single morning. However, I find the tast (and structure) close to disgusting (thanks to traumas). To tackle this, I add honey and blueberries with it (highly recommended if you find oatmeal porridge yucky)!

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Chickeeen.

Meat?

At least in the world of interwebs, being vegetarian and vegan has started to catch more and more attention. I do acknowledge the issues that meat production causes in terms of sustainability and what not. However, I would be lying if I said I was ready to commit to such a lifestyle. I do, after all, like some meat on my plate.

But instead of stuffing my mouth with sausages, I have started to consider decreasing the amount of red meat and looking into eating more lean meat when it comes to poultry and fish. 6/7 mornings, I eat eggs for breakfast with some turkey ham (+ some other stuff) and I am definitely not ready to give this up.

Dairy?

My lactose-intolerance is getting gradually worse and I think I have been stupid for going on with eating dairy products for this long. Back in Finland, I had no trouble drinking milk and eating cheese but nowadays, I get massive ache in my stomach for eating dairy products. This is why I have started an experiment where I try to avoid milk, yoghurt (sadness), cheese (more sadness), cream and all that. I hope that it will make my stomach hurt less. Although, I do not drink a lot of milk any more but I definitely need to find a delicious way of replacing cheese and yoghurt. Soya just tastes yack. Any suggestions?

Progress

I am feeling a lot better. To be honest, I am proud of myself. I have no lost a ton of weight and my obesity is yet to be gone but I am working on it which gives me energy. Also the fact that I have not been able to exercise a whole lot YET I have lost weight without starving myself is making me feel empowered (a word that I thought I would never use haha). However, I have lost quite some weight in comparison to last week. I know that the recommendations talk about 0.5-1 kg (1-2 lbs) per week but I suppose that in a situation with a lot of over weight, you start losing weight faster.

Lost weight 1.5 KG / 3.3 Lbs

What do YOU put on your plate?

I hope you will have a great week!

xoxo,
Hanna

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