WIAW #17: Food Freedom {Then&Now}

Today is the day we stalk people’s blogs to see what they shoved in their faces, including my own.

And today, I am celebrating what I shoved in my face.

Celebrating not because it tasted good, not because it was all organic or not because I ate under a certain number of calories..

but celebrating because I just ate.

That may sound strange to some but to me, it is a huge accomplishment. To just eat.. eat whatever’s in my fridge, or what I can get my hands on in between shifts. To eat food at the restaurant I work at without freaking out about the ingredients, to eat vanilla flavoured yogurt because that’s what my boyfriend likes, to eat food that I didn’t entirely make from scratch.

All of these would have been nearly impossible to do a year ago without going into a binge cycle or punishing myself in some way for it.

So if you’re curious.. here’s what food freedom looks like to me:


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NOW: Van’s GF Waffle toasted with jam and 1 egg+2 egg white scrambled topped with avocado and fresh cracked pepper. This is totes my fave breaky right now. I’ve always been a huge fan of variety and this meal keeps me full for hours. 

THEN: I would never have dreamed of buying frozen waffles and eating the whole egg?? Yeah right, it was egg whites only for this chick.


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NOW: Breakfast for lunch. Vanilla greek yogurt topped with granola, almond butter and banana slices. Honoured my craving for something sweet post workout with this one.

THEN: I would not have honoured my craving and lunch would’ve consisted of a piece of meat and some vegetables, which of course would leave me unsatisfied which would then lead to me eating something sweet anyways. If I did eat yogurt it would have for sure been UNSWEETENED, I still prefer unsweetened but my boyfriend likes vanilla so we stocked up on it at costco.



NOW: Grilled fish tacos with a side of avocado and fresh salsa. I am fortunate enough that the restaurant I work at has a lot of healthy options, it makes having a quick bite on shift really easy.

THEN: I would get the worst anxiety about going out for dinner with my friends and most of the time I would just decline. I hated the idea of not being able to accurately count the calories and not being able to control the ingredients.



NOW: 2 slices of chocolate chip banana protein bread and a forever nuts tea latte. I get home off a night shift anywhere from 10pm – 2 am and usually am pretty hungry. As if I would give up my bed time snack for sleep.

THEN: No eating after 7 pm because that makes you fat, or at least that’s what I use to think. Now I know that nourishing your body when it tells you is hungry does not make you fat.

After gazing back at my first ever WIAW post I realize how far I have come. No more restrictive eating, no more fad diets, just nourishing my hungry body.

eatsfromtheoilpatch ♥

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  1. This is a great post. :) I really like how you improved on your eating habits and that you listen to your body at night. Take care then!
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  2. Julia says:

    Hi, I am currently in recovery for anorexia. I am at a healthy weight and have been continually eating 2,000+ calories. I was just wondering whether or not you menstruate? Sorry I know this is a personal question and I do realize that every body is different.

  3. I love being able to look back and see how far I’ve come. All your eats look delicious, but nothing tastes better than freedom, eh?
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  4. I love your then and now take on this post! I actually went back and read some of your WIAW posts because you got me curious. Just the thought of he 21dsd makes me cringe. It’s awesome to see how far you’ve come!
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  5. I wrote about food freedom today too – isn’t it AMAZING?! I really really like that breakfast. I love variety too! And that is cool that your restaurant offers healthy options! I live in the middle of nowhere town so the only real restaurant we have is Mcdonalds and Subway haha
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  6. I am so happy to see your progress! That really is so amazing! Gah, freedom to eating whatever and honoring your cravings is amazing. <3
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  7. I love this. I used to just eat protein and veggies, but it never satisfied my appetite either! I also never went out because I had anxiety about county calories.
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  8. I appreciate that you put yourself out there. I haven’t been through what you have, but I’m sure plenty of women have. It’s great to see you reflecting so positively , but more importantly doing them happily and not being hard on yourself. Sometimes, giving into the Boy’s cravings turn out for the better for both parties involved:)
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  9. great post! and EATS! I really enjoyed your post! I also love vans waffles :)

  10. Love this!!! And heck yes to the whole egg and waffles. nothing better 😉
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  11. Isn’t it so great to see how far we’ve come? I still struggle with always wanting to eat ‘clean’ and never being spontaneous with my food but that’s no fun and it’s definitely not realistic in the long term! Also, I love seeing that someone else works a weird schedule! I used to work nights and now I work early mornings and both shifts are hard to find times to eat, so it’s nice to see that other people who work those shifts aren’t afraid of eating past a certain time just because of some silly made-up rules out there!
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  12. Such a different take on WIAW. I love this! You’ve come a long way :-)
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  13. Carly says:

    Those eats look yummy(: Do you have a recipe for the protein banana bread?

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