Health & Well-Being

My Food Confessions

I read a lot of health and fitness blogs and they make me feel somewhat of an outcast in the world of “healthy blogging” but I guess that’s why I (re-)named my blog I Fucking Love Fitness and not I Fucking Love Health. I live a pretty healthy lifestyle and am a huge follower of the 80/20 rule. I’m not strict with my diet, I eat processed foods, I don’t always buy organic or grass-fed, I don’t agree with the Vegan lifestyle, I use plastic and store-bought deodorant, I don’t like running, yoga, bar method and zumba …but so what? I live in a paradox and I don’t really care because I pay for all my sins with healthy amount of exercise, I feel amazing and my vain-self is very satisfied with the way my body looks.

I’ve been blogging for over 10 years now and even though I went from a “everything under the sun blogger” to “fashion/beauty blogger” and now to “health and fitness blogger,” I will always be true to myself and write for myself first and foremost. I would never pretend to love chicken breast, kale and yoga just because that’s what everyone else loves. Even though I’m known for things related to health and fitness and I should be showing the world how committed I am to this lifestyle, I am human. I also always tend to blog/tweet/Instagram everything that goes against what this blog is all about— poutine, MSG-filled Chinese dinners, sugar-filled desserts… I do eat salads and oatmeal on my spare time but don’t you think that is a little boring to announce to the world? Who knows, maybe in 5 years I will be a health nazi but now is not the time.

Here are some more of my food confessions:

  • I’ve never had a day of 100% clean-eating. I indulge everyday!
  • I hate cooking. I secretly wish my boyfriend would cook for me everyday.
  • Almond butter is meh. Please pass the peanut butter!
  • I really can’t get myself to like coconut oil.
  • Greek yogurt is only okay in small quantities.
  • Kale is meh. Kale in my smoothies is even more meh. I prefer parsley.
  • I label apples, oranges, bananas and berries as “boring fruits” because they are available cheap and year-round. These are fruits I often use in smoothies and baking. I adore other fruits such as watermelon, mango, lychee, cherries and nectarines and I prefer to eat them by itself— I think using them in cooking or smoothies is such a waste because you can’t fully taste the flavors!
    Fruit Galore

    I am constantly in fruit coma especially over the summer. Yes I know. Sugar sugar sugar.

  • If I paid for my meal, I would eat every single bite. And I’m not shy about finishing my friends’ food if they don’t finish it!
  • People always tell me they eat a lot but when I see them eat, I’m thinking, really?
  • I think some bloggers have an unhealthy addiction to healthy eating.
  • I usually buy a rotisserie chicken in the beginning of the week, shred it and eat it with salads for lunch during the week. I’m lazy.
  • I keep a lot of food and snacks at work but at least I bring all my food, right? By the end of the week, I usually have a giant bag full of clean Tupperware to bring home— since I randomly bike to work, I bring everything in on Monday and home on Fridays when I usually get a ride.
    Food @ Work

    My daily assembly lines, occasional breakfasts, lunches and snacks at work.

  • I think ordering a salad at a restaurant is the stupid… but I sometimes do depending on the restaurant if I can’t stand anything else on the menu (eg. Boston Pizza). *shakes fist*
  • I like to eat while working, reading, watching tv… or doing something I enjoy. I never just “sit at the table and eat.” Nope.
  • I’m addicted to food. Even though I binge on healthy and clean foods, sometimes I’ll eat even when I’m not hungry and continue eating even when I’m about to burst.
  • Every time I hear about someone I know going on some ridiculous diet or “cleanse,” I just want to shake them and tell them to get their act together, find some motivation and commit to exercise and clean-eating!! Most of the time anyway. Since we all need our cravings once in a while.
  • Even though I live a pretty healthy lifestyle and usually have a clean diet, I still eat junk food …with no guilt.
    His & Her's

    This is not mine but my best friend and her boyfriend’s snack drawer in their kitchen although this is very similar to what mine and my boyfriend’s is. LOL.

What are some of your food confessions?

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    My Confession: Running Sucks.

    Running is probably the most popular physical activity because it’s cheap, accessible and anyone can do it. There are people who are so passionate about running, those who like to run away the stress and those who do it because they feel like they have to. I use to do it because I felt like I had to. There was always a little voice in my head forcing me to go for a run because it’s suppose to do wonders for you. But no offense to all the runners out there (a.k.a. the majority of my friends and the bloggers I stalk) but…

    RUNNING SUCKS.

    For me, that is. I’m allowed to say that I do NOT like running because I really really tried and it’s just not for me.

    Lululemon Seawheeze 2012

    Lululemon Seawheeze 2012: my first and last running race.

    In fact, I almost hate running because it’s slow, sooooo boring, inefficient and it does not help me relieve stress, make me feel good nor do I find it fun at all which was one of my biggest issues. It’s also hard on my legs which is totally my fault since I would never commit to “conditioning my legs for running.”  When I tried to get into it, I actually gained body fat because I had to force myself to run slow at first or I’d be dying from lower body pain the next day and I’m a busy woman so I often didn’t have time to get a real workout in that day since I sacrificed my workout slot to run— or I had to do it so early in the morning that I was burnt out by evening when I did have time to workout.

    I do run though— in the form of sprinting! And I love it because it’s fast, efficient and I always feel amazing around rounds of HIIT sprints. Steady-state running on the otherhand is just something I dread because I feel like I’m wasting so much time. Time and priorities are another huge reason why I don’t like running. I have so many other interests and hobbies and although I do enjoy social runs here and there, I would rather being doing something else with that time.

    I can spend hours and hours cycling and it would not feel like a workout at all because it’s my passion. For me, cycling is rewarding, I can cover huge distances in less time, it’s the ultimate way to explore, it’s easy on my joints, it’s “easy” to burn those calories, I’m good at it and most importantly, it’s fun.

    For those who are passionate about running, they will have similar reasons. But that is definitely not me. So from now on, I will only be spending my precious time doing things I love and genuinely enjoy. I have nothing against running and runners… everyone has to find their passion and do what they love!

    At the end of the day, doing what makes you happy is the most important.

    Run Bugs

    My beloved Run Bugs!! These are 3 people who are definitely PASSIONATE about running. They live, breath and dream running like I do cycling. They made my short running stint fun and taught me a lot … even though in the end, I realized it wasn’t for me. I have no regrets being a former Run Bug!

    What about you? Are you passionate about running? Can you honestly say you like it? Or do you force yourself to because you feel like you have to?

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      Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Weight

      Are you one of those unfortunate souls who are always on a diet, obsessed with your weight and body image yet you never seem to be seeing any results? Here are some common mistakes people make and reasons why you are not losing weight:

      You overcomplicate things.

      Losing weight is a simple equation of eating less calories than you consume, eating whole foods and exercising frequently. Start living simply and healthily and the weight will automatically come off. Diet and fitness should enhance your life— not overcomplicate it.

      You are not eating enough.

      If you are not eating enough, your metabolism will drop and start hoarding fat and calories because it is trying to protect itself by going into starvation mode and as a result of this, you will get stuck in an endless cycle and the pounds will never come off. I see many people who seem to be constantly dieting and eating nothing with little progress and I suspect that one of the reasons is that they are just not eating enough because their body never changes. Don’t see food as an enemy but something that will nourish you— again, eat clean and the weightloss will be a lot easier.

      You are depriving yourself.

      Successful weightloss requires patience which means slowly cutting out bad foods from your diet and slowly incorporating whole and healthy foods. Doing it all at once will make you feel deprived and that’s when you lose all willpower and binge. Sound familiar?

      Lychee Mojitos

      Alcohol is okay in moderation!

      You are eating more than you think.

      Just because a food is labelled healthy doesn’t mean you can eat endless amounts of it. A couple more tablespoons of olive oil, an extra helping of whole wheat pasta, one more protein muffin— calories really add up. To stay on track, (especially for beginners) keeping a food journal will teach you about the foods you are consuming, increase awareness with your diet and how many calories are in food.

      You are not lifting weights.

      If you want to maintain a high metabolism, you need  lean muscle! What is the point of losing all that weight if you can’t keep it off? Lift heavy! I can’t stress that enough.

      Kettlebell

      You are a cardio queen (or king).

      Too many hours spent on the treadmill will only end up working against you as your body produces too much cortisol and undo all your training. Plus steady-state cardio is extremely boring and efficient! Keep your workouts short but intense and add some variety to your routine by incorporating high intensity interval training, Tabata, sprints and compound exercises. That is a way more efficient way of burning calories and keeping it short will decrease the chances of you dreading a long and boring workout.

      You are not doing it for yourself.

      Don’t lose the weight to impress someone or to fit in. You must be be in this for yourself 100% because at the end of the day, if you are still not happy, you will not find any motivation to keep on going.

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