When I went to the University, I used to order a giant Pepperoni Pizza from Pizza Hut, just for me every Friday. The problem was the coupon “Here is a 50% off your next giant pizza”
I did this for almost 8 months until I couldn’t fit on my clothes anymore… even my bras. So, I bought more clothes and continue to go, because I was still the “thin” sister. But I stopped the pizza madness.
I was using loose t-shirts to cover the fact my belly was out of limits, and kept eating, drinking beer and having an unregulated life until I was sick every week.
It took me almost 7 years to admit I couldn’t live like that, I wasn’t a child anymore and I didn’t have the same metabolism.
I was 31 when I finally went to a nutritionist and she told me 46% of my body was fat. My muscles were a joke, I had no strength. And you know when your doctor says you have to change this or you’re going to die sooner than you think, you have to change!
I had this plan
It was good for a while, I lost 7kg just changing the way I ate.
But then, something inside my head said “losing weight is easy, you can back to eat a lot and then you’re going to lose fast again”
Then I couldn’t come back. And I got fatter and fatter, as I never thought I would be.
I was addicted to sugar and by the baking at the office kitchen, and at least 3 times a week someone brings something, and there I was, eating. Because it was so… GOOD!
But is it? really?
So I decided to say NO to some foods. This year.
I made a list of 35 things to change before I turned 36. And I chose a diet to follow.
Why the Mediterranean Diet?
Of course, it’s not that simple, but it was the best way to remove myself from the planet of sugar I was.
I started to read about it, to learn about it and it felt right. Because I don’t like to starve and many diets make your brain thinking you are dying. And every time I tried something like that, I had a binge eating disorder. Not fun! And even with communities to talk about a certain diet, sometimes you just feel alone, you get judged by your loved ones, it’s hard to follow.
Not long ago, I found out about the Earth Overshoot day where is the date humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a year that exceeds what Earth can regenerate each year.
I did the test and my overshoot day was March 2nd. After I started the Mediterranean Diet, my Earth overshoot day moved to July 3rd.
I don’t like how hotter it is every year. I want to make a difference!
If you want to check your personal Earth Overshoot day, click here
How do I do it?
This gonna sound like BS, but I only eat when I am hungry. I listen to my body.
Before I take something to eat, I think:
- Am I really hungry?
- Or am I feel like eating?
- And if I am hungry, is this the best option?
- Or is there something better?
I changed my mindset and now I understand myself much better.
Before I decided to go this way, I thought but “I am always eating so I am always hungry, this won’t change anything”.
And I was surprised when I began to pay attention to my body. My eyes wanted to eat everything I saw, but not my stomach. So I stopped visiting the office kitchen. Sometimes my coworkers bring the treats to my desk, I put behind me and save it for later. Of course, it’s not easy, it’s not about self-control, if you are hungry then eat.