I suppose I should preface this. I am in the complete healthy BMI/weight/life range. In fact, I’m nearly square in the middle of it. Of course, I strive to eat somewhat healthy but I think most people in the blogging community do. Please don’t read if you think it might trigger bad thoughts.
With that being said, one year ago my swim coach asked me to gain weight. I’ve probably said this a lot, but runners and swimmers don’t exactly have the same body type in which they excel in (and yes I know that everyone is different…)
When he asked me to gain weight, (I was still in the healthy range) he said my swimming would improve. It was only the first month of season, but it was already looking like a rough season for me. I was also always getting cold in the pool. They keep it at roughly 75ish degrees (I think….maybe I’m pulling that out of my ass) anyways-it’s cold and a few practices I had to get out early because I was shivering more than actual swimming. I never warmed up while being in the being doing HARD practices for 2 hours (and I had plenty of body fat to keep me warm).
It was very hard for me to start actually putting the plan into action.
Because I wasn’t a rail but with swim practice you are burning roughly 1000 cals per practice and we were doing 8-9 of them weekly.
So saying gaining weight was hard was the understatement of the year.
He also suggested that I do it somewhat healthy (aka don’t booze it up and eat fried crap every five seconds and expect to gain weight and feel great in the pool).
He wanted me to eat a lot of eggs.
And a lot of peanut butter.
And a lot of protein powder.
With my healthy weight gain, came better times for swimming than I would have probably had at my lower weight but it was still an overall not great season. That is a story for another day.
After I gained the weight, I didn’t touch eggs or peanut butter for a very long time. I had so much (think 4-5 eggs daily) and the look of eggs made me vomit. I also (in my mind) equated eggs and peanut butter to why I was so unconfident with my swimming.
It’s hard to explain but basically for the last year I have had nothing to do with either peanut butter nor eggs. It’s a shame because both are so healthy for you.
Until last week when I began slowly integrating them into my diet (I had been talking with people…shout outs to you about the benefits of them). Before last week, I had maybe a dozen eggs since last January. Maybe. I had not bought them myself or sought after them for my own refrigerator. If they were in food I ate on campus and at restaurant so be it-but I didn’t cook them myself. In fact, most of my protein came from protein powder (not purposely but it seems that is just where it came from).
Here is where you can be shocked about my life. I haven’t had protein powder in over a week and I’ve been eating a lot of eggs and a lot of peanut butter (not together though lolz).
I’m also not dead. It took some getting used to and telling myself “Hollie you aren’t even swimming anymore, why do you avoid these foods.” I never avoided them because I was afraid of them per say, I just ate them more than most humans saw possible and grew sick of them.
I think I cycle in and out of food.
So here is to you eggs and peanut butter. New staples in my diet.
Question for you:
1. What foods have you grown tired of and then liked again?