Who Am I Without My Past Eating-Disorders?

In my “About Me” section and in past posts, I’ve given so much power to my previous eating-disorders and talked as if my eating-disorders are all that I’m about. Although having struggles with food in the past has/is definitely been a prominent part of my life, it is not all I am. I am more than my eating-disorders. I’d like to tell you more about who I am as a person.

I have a big heart. I am an extremely caring person and empathetic person. I care way too much about others and can feel others’ emotional pain, almost as if it’s my own. I get told that I’m “too nice” all the time. I cry often during movies and TV shows. I smile all the time and laugh a lot (and loudly). I think basic manners, like saying “please” and “thank you” are extremely important. I’m vegan because I love animals and I don’t agree with supporting such a cruel industry. I have a dog and a cat whom I love dearly. I love my parents and my older brother. I love my boyfriend, and we’ve been together 2.5 years. I love to train and lift weights. I’m an introvert. I want to either go to nursing school and get my BSN or a Bachelor’s in nutritional science. I rarely drink and don’t really like to party or go to bars. I love to be outdoors and do things like hiking and camping. Training and working out is my therapy and I love being strong.

There’s more to me than a history of eating disorders.

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Healthy Traveling Tips

Hey, hey! I think I mentioned before that I will be going on vacay tomorrow. WOOHOO! Outer banks, North Carolina, here I come 😀 Hopefully the power is working at the rental house where we will be staying, because I’ve heard that areas on the east coast are going through sweltering heat and some have no electricity…that would be miserable. I just checked the weather for this week and I’m praying the weather doesn’t ACTUALLY turn out this way:

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crap.

Whenever I tell people that I’m going on vacation to North Carolina, they respond “WHY?!” I then proceed to tell them how beautiful it is and that we rent a house right by the beach and they usually say, “There’s a beach in North Carolina?!!” I told my dad that this is how most of my friends respond, and he suggested I get new friends…ones that know geography. North Carolina IS on the coast, after all. If you guys don’t believe me that North Carolina is gorgeous, I will post pictures when I’m back that will convince you that it is.

Anyways, traveling always stresses me out. For obvious reasons (airplanes, airports, etc) and not so obvious reasons (what am I going to eat?). Here are some tips that I use when traveling, in order to not turn into a lazy slob within the week.

1. Packets of oatmeal are your BEST friend. Seriously. Just ask for a cup of hot water and you can pretty much eat it anywhere (on the plane, in the airport, at a hotel). In my situation, since I will be staying at a rental house, I like to bring my oatmeal, even though there are breakfast options, but  I just like to keep my diet somewhat normal to what is usually is.Image

2. Drink A LOT of water. Water helps your body run properly, and since traveling is very stressful on your body, water can help. It also helps you feel full. I always hate doing this because I absolutely HATE climbing over the person next to me on the plane every 20 minutes to use the restroom. But hey, a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do.

3. Don’t forget to eat your fiber! Sometimes while on vacation, we completely forget about our usual eating rules. Fiber is one nutrient that you don’t want to forget. Not only does it help you feel fuller longer, but if your fiber intake is lacking you can become bloated and constipated AKA not cute, especially if you’re gonna be sportin’ a bikini. 😉

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4. Pack snacks. Bars, nuts, dried fruit, real fruit, etc. It sucks when you’re sitting in the airport & starving, and you don’t want to pay the absolutely insane prices for food. Or when you’re on the plane & they don’t serve you a meal (I haven’t had a meal on a plane in years, you’d think if you were flying across country you would get at least a bag of pretzels…not the case). My fave bars as of now are called Corazonas Oatmeal squares, and I bought them at Costco. My favorite flavor is the blueberry, although I’ve only tried blueberry and the chocolate chip flavors. They have a good amount of fiber (6 grams) and are really tasty and filling!

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5. Try to incorporate your normal fitness routine. Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean that you should completely disregard your normal routine. Try finding hotels that have gyms/pools. If not, take walks/runs around the neighborhood and do some sight seeing. I’m personally going to wear my running shoes (and to lighten up my suitcase, since they are my heaviest shoes!) and workout clothes to the airport and then do a quick gym sesh as soon as I get to the hotel we’re staying at on the first night. I get in at about 11 PM, east coast time but since I live in CA, that will only be around 8 PM to me, and I won’t be able to sleep anyway at that hour, so why not? Also, my mom and I like to do laps around the terminals while waiting for our flights…who cares if people that we’ll never see again think we’re weird?!

6. Play with the kids! I have eleven cousins on my dad’s side (which is who I’m staying with), it’s pure craziness. Even though you may feel like you are above playing tag or whatever it may be, you should just join in! Playing kids games can actually be really fun, and can get your heart pumpin’! So run around, play some beach volleyball, or go on a family bike ride. Anything that gets you moving is fine!

 Hopefully I’ll have time to post while I’m away, hope you all have a lovely day!

What are some of YOUR healthy tips for traveling?