I feel that I write down the same line every single week: my week has been unusual and, therefore, my eating has been all bonkers. To be honest, it has been happening so much that it is NOT that unusual anymore: maybe that is my new normal? Maybe my life just happens to be so exciting (haha) that I happen to be travelling and hosting visitors a lot which means that I have a lack of consistency in my eating? And MAYBE (read carefully), I use those regular irregularities as an excuse to disregard healthy life style? Maybe…
Thoughts of the week
At home, I have gotten used to eating in a certain way and certain kind of portions and at certain times. I feel like when I am home, my life is organised and I do not struggle for the most part. But in reality, I am eating at home only from Monday to Wednesday/Thursday (#studentlife).
If you read my post from Monday, you may already know that I have been travelling once again (surprise!). This time, I was exploring the Northern parts of the Netherlands and I had a great time. But when I am travelling (or when friends/family are visiting me), I have noticed a few things to happen:
1) We eat out
It comes naturally: “Shall we just eat out?” and doomsday starts approaching. Trying to go to a restaurant and having a meal without any dairy is close to impossible in the Netherlands (these people love milk products). It’s not that I cannot handle any dairy products but I know it will make me feel crap. But the worst part is that eating out will not happen once but in the past 7 days, it has happened 8 times! I could of course get a salad (which also includes dairy over here but at least you can pick out the cheese) every time I eat out but let’s be real, I am NOT going to survive with just a salad (or the people around me because I get so cranky).
2) Portion sizes
I am starting to understand those restaurants that serve small portions (I used to whine about it and say they wanted us to starve to death): we really do not need that much food! And there is something in me that when I see the portion in front of me, I feel like I have to eat it all: “I am paying a lot for the meal so I should at least eat it then”. Does this sound familiar or am I just going nuts?
But I do not have this issue with portion sizes only at restaurants. When I am visiting someone or vice versa, I start overeating. If someone else cooks, I do not know what has been put into the food and I do not dare to ask and then I eat a lot (I was taught to never complain about the food you have been given). Conversely, when I am cooking for others, I add something to the table in order to make sure they do not end up hungry (not everyone is used to eating the way I am) and then I end up eating the same thing although I know that I have had more than enough. Stupid.
3) I start making excuses
I feel like this is what I am doing now also. I make excuses to eat food that my body does not need either because I do not want to bother anyone or because “I am on a holiday anyway, it is only a small portion of my weekly food”. Well Hanna, it is not. Time to woman up and take more control of your portion sizes.
On a more positive note, however, I would like to say that I am proud of myself because I have made some progress: eating out and travelling means that I have not isolated myself from friends and family because of my ‘new lifestyle’ (remember when I talked about it here?).
Now I just need to find a way to control my portion sizes…
This week, I really did not want to get on the scale because I knew what was waiting for me. I have been feeling bloated and crap so it was not a surprise that my weight has gone up from last week’s drop. However, I am quite disappointed that it went up so much. Better
luck motivation next week, right?
BMI 32.5 (+0.6)
Lost weight +1.7 KG / +3.7 Lbs
Total lost weight 5.1 KG / 11.2 Lbs
How do you try to control your eating while travelling? Let me know in the comments below (I really need the help)!