This, despite the fact that my tummy has been giving me troubles. I've had strange stomach cramps and a lot of bloating, accompanied by either extreme hunger or complete satiation. Mixed signals much? Because of this, I've tried to keep my dairy intake to a minimum, and my food simple.
My simplified meal pictures are below, but my mom tells me that nut butters could be the source of my woes.
|Oatmeal w/ 3 nut butter, honey, and an apple|
|Plain greek yogurt w/ honey, almonds, raw carrots and zucchini|
|Oatmeal w/ banana and almond butter|
|Green monster of greek yogurt, spinach,|
frozen strawberries, and vanilla almond milk
|Oats w/ chai seeds, apple, and trail mix|
|Iced coffee, mixed greens, asparagus, Newman's Own light balsamic|
and an apple w/ cashew butter
|Cookies I baked for a bake sale at my younger brother's play|
I swam for the first time since November. I used to swim six days a week, 12 months a year. My eating disorder robbed me of the joy and love I had of the sport. I thought that I would never be able to experience the elation that comes with diving in a pool again.
But just going in the pool for a couple laps was amazing. I couldn't wipe the smile off my face and the scent of chlorine never smelled so good. Although I love running and yoga, my body was not built for it. I have a swimmer's body. I used to resent my "large" thighs and wide shoulders but now I am so grateful that my muscles remember how to take me through the water.
Another big step that I took was going out to dinner with my friends. We had a mini celebration for my best friend's birthday. The local hibachi place has half-priced sushi on Mondays so we were able to sample a lot of different things for a really low price.
Going out to eat used to be really stressful for me, but now it causes minimum anxiety. I got a shiitake mushroom and asparagus roll, as well as a sweet potato roll, and thoroughly enjoyed both. In addition, I sampled all my friends deserts. I was going to order one of my own, but they were all out.
At the dinner, I was able to focus on what was truly important, my friends, and not so much on the food. And I had a great time!
Today I went to my local high school, I go to a Magnet High School, not my home town's school, and shadowed one of my friends as a freshman for a day as they already had spring break. Despite running into some triggering situations, which I will delve into in greater detail next post, I had a fun time seeing old friends.
Tomorrow my mom and I are going into NYC for a massage, shopping, and lunch! I'm very excited and I can't wait to share how it goes.
Until then, ciao!
Any advice for stomach troubles?
Have you had a dining out experience lately?