We ended Ramadan with a wonderful feast, I can't seem to remember what we ate.but I know it.was good. Enter July - month of extreme heat (I didn't know I would hibernate in the summer too), and off-track eating - well, for me anyways.
Usually, I don't have much of an appetite in the summer. I eat my three meals - but I don't care for snacks (unless its nice and cold). This year though, I feel like from beginning of summer to end, all I could think of was 'sugar, chocolate - repeat'. Maybe because it was a stressful month, but seriously - anyone have a brownie? To make things worse, when I wasn't craving sweets, I was craving fats. That's right, deep fried everything. Maybe even chocolate. I know what you're thinking : "what a crazy, horrible, no self-control Dietitian!". I mean I'm supposed to eat healthy 24/7 and practice what I preach.
It's true, I do try my best to practice what I preach. But I struggle, and sometimes it's hard for me to make the right decisions. And that's okay too! Especially when, a week before my brother's wedding, my dress still needed altering - and I still needed to find shoes for the occasion. I can tell you, out of all life events, formal events stress me out the most. And they always affect my eating habits. But here's where you have to have an emergency plan ready to tackle even the most on-the-go days.
After a bit of losing myself, I did thankfully go back on track. But I had to make an effort, it didn't happen magically. I had to (and still have to) find joyful healthy recipes that encourage me to cook & savour the taste of healthy foods. If I don't feel like having romaine lettuce, that's okay. There are plenty other vegetables to choose from. On a side note- I have an amazing salad recipe I've been addicted to all week (recipe below).
All this to say: it (life) happens. We all go off track. Often times we despair, and continue losing track until we've gone far. What's important is that we remember our long term and short term health goals and we aim for them again. It's okay to fall, but don't stay on the ground - get back up!
Spring mix (a bowl full)
Tomatoes (to your liking)
bocconcini (to your liking)
Dressing (depending on how much you want to add to your salad) :
3 part balsamic vinegar
1 part oil
Salt (to taste)
It may be acidic to your taste. Alter it as you like! Mix all together, enjoy!
Sarah Hamdan Registered Dietitian.