I've never eaten too healthy in my life. I feel like it's taking a toll on my body and my mood at a relatively young age. More details inside. (long and some things about my past)
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I'm a 23 year old woman, graduated from college, working part time. Just a lil about myself. I'm adopted from a different country. I grew up in the U.S. with my mother and father. From a young age, I was always very very skinny...and also a picky eater. Not once do I remember eating anything green. My parents were so worried about my weight. They actually let me have spaghetti every night for dinner, because if there wasn't something I liked then I would go without food. Or I would just eat candy.
I remember the first time I had pizza I was in 4th grade. I have never ever eaten broccoli in my life.My parents were worried that I was bulimic or anorexic, which I wasn't. The thought of throwing up freaks me out and back then I didn't realize how skinny I was. In high school, I went on birth control because my periods were so heavy and cramping was way too bad I couldn't go to school. The birth control helped me with my periods but I started to gain weight.
In about a year and a half I gained about 50 lbs. A professional I was seeing told me in a nice way that they were worried about me. So I started to do exercises on Comcast T.V and right about when I started to work out every night I got a full time job at a fast food place. I guess between working out and snacking every few hours at work, I lost 30 lbs. But basically all the fat I had didn't seem to come off...I'm still pudgy in a few areas.
This all happened about 3 years ago. And I've kept the weight off. Everyone that sees me freaks out cause I lost 30 lbs, but I still feel big. It is hard being told I am a good weight, because mostly I am the only one who sees me naked. I want to tone up. It's hard to tell I am a bit pudgy when I am in clothes. Which works fine for me, but I wish I looked the same naked, basically!Haha.
Here's my problem. I am still a picky eater. I don't eat salad, and the one time I tried it was hard to get down. I had it with ranch dressing and forced myself to eat some, but still wasn't satisfied. Later on that night my stomach feel really bad and I ended up throwing the salad back up. I doubt there was anything wrong with the salad, but I feel like my body just rejected it. I drink soda and was addicted to lemonade, but now I have told the person I live with to stop buying it cause we shared it and they were cool with that, so lemonade is out of the picture. I do, have, and will drink water, but I feel like I get a headache without anything sugary for me. Also while I never drank alcohol that much, I have decided not to drink anymore at all.
Here's a list of things I do eat that are healthy, but I feel like I don't eat them enough:
Bananas(at least 3 times a week)
Eggs (twice a week for breakfast, scrambled)
For about a month I went to the gym, 5 times a week, for an hour and a half, lifted weights, cardio, and sit ups for about 10 minutes, and I was having a smoothie after I got back from the gym. I would blend raspberries, blueberries with yogurt and silk milk. I didn't put any supplements in my smoothie because I feel like that is cheating mostly. I stopped that because one day my roommate broke the smoothie machine, and I've been slacking on getting one.
Here's a list of things I eat too much...
Pasta (4+ times a week) with Alfredo,marinara sauce, any kind of sauce and sometimes just with butter. At places like Noodles and Company or Friday's with the Cajun shrimp.
Toast with Reese's peanut butter for breakfast everyday. Except on weekends.
Chips...potato chips mostly maybe once a week.
Candy...like starbursts and skittles. Maybe twice a week.
Pizza...at least twice a week and more then two slices.
Chicken...maybe once or twice a month, but not a lot of it.
It's pretty horrible. But even though I am not gaining weight rapidly, I am getting more pudgy around my waist, and my arms are becoming flabby. I'm 5'4 and 120-125 lbs depending on how much weight I gain or lose without even trying. I don't go to the gym anymore...I used to everyday for a month, but I stopped.
My boyfriend eats worse than me, but he doesn't gain anything at all. So when him and I hang out which is only like twice a week, we always go out to eat. I feel bad asking him to buy healthy food and I'm already weird about money and I feel like a lot of healthy meals are WAYYYY too expensive. I've looked around online for meals, but feel like if I did make any I wouldn't like them or would need to go out any buy too much stuff, and what if I don't like what I buy? Just a waste of money.
The worst part was after a weekend with my boyfriend the next day I just felt like crap. I felt really tired and just down in the dumps and wasn't acting normal. I just felt like something was off in my body. I had to tell my roommate not to buy anything candy wise, or cookie wise, or any soda, which they had no problem with and they said if they did they would keep it in their room and not tell me. I knew something was off because I was driving to a friends and realized I was going 40 mph on a 60 mph road. I wasn't dehydrated because I had been drinking water with all the crappy meals we had that weekend.
So I guess my question is what are some easy foods to make, buy, and that are no so expensive? How can I get over my picky food eating? I did go to a counselor when I was 14 because my parents were scared I had an eating disorder. I hate my pudge, but I want to eat better! Not like a health freak, and I never want to go back to being overly skinny, but I want to tone up and instead of fat, I want muscle. I'm not willing to take weight lose supplements because I take medicine that would interfere with that. I also feel like since I am eating crappy I have less energy to go to the gym...Any motivation or words of advice on food, getting over pickiness, and exercises would be very helpful.