15/100: Cleaning up my act.


I had a big heart to heart with myself this weekend over food.

I’ve been binging on sugar and chocolate (and a lot of other crap) for quite a while now. And while I know it doesn’t make me feel very good (read: nauseous and insane indigestion for hours after), I am unable to stop.

So instead of beating myself up for not being stronger or telling myself that I should know better (hello guilt trip), I am simply going to work on making better choices.

For starters, no more sugar binges. Fruit and natural sweeteners are okay, just no reaching for the box of Joe Joe’s I’ve been eating 6 at a time. Chocolate is reserved for special treats, and not a daily indulgence because I’ve had a difficult day. Which, hello, is pretty much every day since I’m a mother to a lively and spirited toddler.

Eggs are gone. They haven’t been making me feel very good again.

And I’ll be taking it easy on the bread, bagels, and pastas.

I’ve also been ever so curious about following a more Paleo style diet, or even embarking on a Whole30 plan, but can never fully commit since it feels a bit too intense. So I’ve decided to add in a few Paleo-friendly recipes into the mix to work my way up (or not).

I have also fallen off the menu planning wagon, so am really working hard to get back into the routine. Right now I’m focusing on dinners, but the truth is, I need to think through breakfast and lunch as well. That’s honestly where I have the most trouble.

This week’s (dinner) menu:

What are your favorite breakfast treats?

How about lunch?

Any you’d like to share?

I’d love to try some new recipes and bulk up my lunch and breakfast repertoire. As much as The Babe loves eating an egg for breakfast every morning, this Mama does not.

Here’s to a more balanced plate and a better feeling belly.

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Emily Levenson is a meditation encourager, mama, and Pittsburgh enthusiast. She recently launched a podcast called Nourish + Flourish and is a co-pilot at Propelle.


  1. Reply My breakfasts are usually oatmeal (regular, baked, or overnight oats) or yogurt (often with granola or fruit) or some kind of "bar" (larabar, kind, quest). For lunch, I tend to eat the same thing all week for the most part. This week it's salad: spinach, carrots, chicken (tyson grilled & ready frozen breasts), sunflower seeds, & bolthouse yogurt dressing. Another favorite is just steamed broccoli w/ rotisserie chicken. Just buy a chicken and split it into 5 portions. I also like to use a rotisserie chicken to make chicken salad (w/ greek yogurt instead of mayo) and some nut/fruit combo.
    1. Reply Those all sound amazing. I may need to get back on the baked oatmeal bandwagon. I did enjoy that. Same with the big batch of rice. Thanks for the reminders!
  2. Reply I swear by premade yogurt parfaits for lunch! Plain Greek yogurt (I divide a big container from TJs into 5 portions), 1/3 c. Kind granola, 1/3 banana, maybe some berries, 1 tsp brown sugar, and several enthusiastic shakes of cinnamon. It's delicious and it gives me a ton of energy! I've also gone from watching the clock for noon to strike to only noticing it's lunchtime when my coworkers start making their way to the kitchen.
    1. Reply I wish I could do yogurt parfaits. All of the dairy free yogurts have so much sugar in them, and give me a raging headache.

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