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French Fries, Five Guys & Failing

Not being able to eat french fries sucks. A lot.

I don’t know how people can walk around with a smile on their face when they don’t allow themselves to put a long, hot, slab of deep-fried junk in their french fry hole. I mean, what else is it for? The list of things I want in and around my mouth is limited to french fries, insane amounts of coffee, and a bit of banoffee pie. Okay, maybe a lot of banoffee pie.

I’m only human.

I remember it like it was yesterday.

It was a fine day in May and I was feeling exceptionally optimistic about my food choices. There were salads, oatmeal, chia seeds, and more nuts than I could handle. I was going out for walks and I had even started doing a few minutes of meditation. I mean, that makes me the epitome of health and wellness, right?

It was one of those I-am-a-child-of-the-Earth moments when I decided that I was going to go all in and attempt Junk Free June. I did have a brief flashback of last year. Driving to the supermarket and buying an inhuman amount of cookies, candy, and chocolate milk. I told myself that I’d have ‘just a little’ and that was the beginning of the end. The cookies, candy, and chocolate milk were devoured in secret and gone within three days. And that was the end of Junk Free June 2016. Before I knew it, I was telling my mum and sister that I was going to give Junk Free June another go. I was going to try to be the health goddess that I just knew I was. 2017 was going to be my year. 

Yeah, right.

June 1st rolled around and I kissed goodbye to cookies, french fries, and – shock – white bread for a whole month.

The first few days were easy. Too easy. It gave me a false sense of security and I was like ‘Mmmhm I got this in the bag’. I was feeling like a health goddess and it was only day three. Then it was day seven. Then it was day sixteen and I was absolutely killin’ it.

I mean, french fries? What are those?

It all unravelled when I stayed with my grandfather. I happened to mention that I was craving chocolate milk. Well. He showed up with two litres of Lewis Road Creamery Chocolate Milk, a packet of Paddle Pops, and triple chocolate chunk cookies. It didn’t help that all my friends were talking about Five Guys. You know, the food chain.

I’m sorry, Junk Free June, I really tried.

I don’t regret it one bit, but it did teach me a thing or two.

MEAL PREP

You have to do it. Forward planning is key to healthy eating. The days that I did meal prep were incredibly easy. All I had to do was grab something out of the fridge and go. The days that I decided to wing it is when it all fell apart. I found myself staring into the fridge and snacking whilst looking for something that I really wanted to eat. Whoops.

MOTIVATION

It has to be about more than just cutting ‘bad food’ from your diet. Junk Free June is a fundraiser done in support of The Cancer Society in New Zealand. 100% of the money raised does directly back to The Cancer Society. I did Junk Free June for the hell of it. I wanted to improve my own eating habits and drop those last few pesky pregnancy kilograms that were hanging around.

I know people mean well, but those “You look good…You know, considering you just had a baby four months ago…” were getting old. I know it was meant as a compliment, but what does it really mean?

Does it mean that I look like a hot mess, but everyone has to be nice because I have a love demon child who is demanding every second of my time?

Does it mean that I look like I’ve had one too many pies? (Not that I’d complain because pies are amazing.)

Does it mean that those dark circles around my eyes actually complement my skin tone?

MAKE TIME TO EAT BREAKFAST

Simple, but obvious. Occasionally, I don’t get to eat ‘breakfast’ until 3pm. Like yesterday, for example. That means that I am absolutely ravenous and will consume 12243543453434 calories in the space of an hour. All while looking for something that I really want to eat.

I use the “I’m never hungry in the morning” excuse. It’s a half truth. I’m not ready for hash browns, bacon, eggs, and spaghetti (aka the breakfast of champions), but I could go a small bowl of oatmeal or a banana and peanut butter or overnight oats if I’m really on top of things. (I’m never on top of anything. Ever.) Also, bouncing a child on your knee whilst eating a bowl of lukewarm porridge doesn’t make for the most relaxing (or appealing) breakfast.

I started getting up earlier so I could eat breakfast before I had to look after C…and it made the world of difference. Some days I still ended up eating 12243543453434 calories, but I almost always made a healthier choice. (You know, excluding the time I drank the two litres of chocolate milk.)

IT’S OKAY TO INDULGE A LITTLE

I’m not saying that I’m going to devour a whole cake in one sitting or decide that every day is a ‘cheat day’. I’m just saying that you aren’t going to go to ‘I’m a health goddess’ hell by eating what you want every now and then. I remember feeling so bad for eating a Paddle Pop after surviving for weeks without ‘crap food’. I really beat myself up over it. One little Paddle Pop. That was the point when I said ‘fuck it’ and threw Junk Free June out the window.

Was the Paddle Pop worth it? Hell yes.

As was the chocolate milk, triple chocolate chunk cookies, and more Paddle Pops that followed.

‘Failing’ at something has never made me so happy.

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13 Comments

  • Reply Roxy

    Meal prep is definitely key for me! If I don’t have meals in the fridge it’s so easy for me to get some fast food or get junk food!

    July 9, 2017 at 2:39 am
  • Reply Saph Moon

    Hahahah I loved this, good old Grandad! I struggle to eat healthily, it’s a real problem and I already know I’m going to want to lose my baby weight ASAP so I may have to give this a go!
    Also, what are paddle pops?? They sound like something I need.
    Saph xx
    simplysaph.blogspot.co.uk

    July 9, 2017 at 9:50 am
  • Reply Jen S

    Meal prep is definitely the way to go. I started doing it earlier this year and I’m spending way less and eating way healthier. Although the occasional Five Guys run slips in there…

    July 10, 2017 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply Michael @ Super Millennial

    Junk Free June lol I love it. Great job not easy!

    July 10, 2017 at 1:04 pm
  • Reply The McGills

    You made it! Good for you!! Junk free June is a great idea!

    July 10, 2017 at 2:28 pm
  • Reply Dori

    Meal prep for sure! I actually prep my lunch around 11:00 in the morning in a perfect portions container and then put it in the refrigerator until around 12:30. I find that if I make my lunch when I’m not really hungry, I make healthier choices. That way when I am hungry it’s all ready for me and I just grab it from the fridge and go. But I always allow myself a little treat at the end. One cookie, or a couple of Hershey’s kisses etc. I find that little bit satisfies me just fine!

    July 10, 2017 at 3:27 pm
  • Reply Lulubel @ Tinylovebug

    Thanks for a good laugh! I am going to suscribe! I want more of this!!! lol

    July 11, 2017 at 12:12 am
  • Reply joancajic

    I need to stop my habit of skipping breakfast because I noticed it just makes me choose wrong choices later in the day. Meal prepping is a good idea which would help with portion control ahead of time. Thank you for tips.

    July 11, 2017 at 12:44 am
  • Reply Lynn

    I don’t know what I’d do without meal prep! I’d probably have junk food everyday if I didn’t!

    July 11, 2017 at 2:01 am
  • Reply Viola (@violahelen_)

    I loved this post Victoria! Maybe I’ll give Junk Free June a go next year… though I’m quite certain I’ll fail at it! I was inspired by you and gave you a mention in one of my posts 😉
    Viola xo | A Piece of Viola

    July 11, 2017 at 2:16 am
  • Reply Erica

    Congrats on making it as far as you did. As a diet coach, I’m all about finding better substitutions for the junk food you love. Like, I love ice cream and so I make a banana mash ice cream which is pretty good and 100% real fruit. But as you said, moderation with junk food is key. So it sounds like you’re in a good place.

    July 11, 2017 at 5:04 am
  • Reply shannon

    you are dead on in all of this…girl i have been there!!!!

    July 11, 2017 at 1:06 pm
  • Reply askohlife

    Great for you! I stopped eating junk food, and hope everyone does too <3

    July 12, 2017 at 8:42 am
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