My Food Story Chronicles

Hi, friends. Happy Wednesday Smile

Are we glad the election is over? (spoiler alert!! bahaha)


Well, basically over. Regardless of who I voted for yesterday, I still feel a sense of pride today…and am glad everyone can just be shut up (the polite way to say shut up, haha) about it now.

I’ve got a lot going on today including lots of last minute things before our trip – fitting a couple more clients into my schedule, packing, and sending off some client training programs a little early. But I think it should be a pretty good day anyway. Actually, it takes a LOT for it to be a bad day…but that’s another post for another day Winking smile

Let’s switch gears a little bit today – a change up from the usual What I Ate Wednesday. A while ago, I published a post about my fitness story. Today as I was talking to a college friend about our late night Pokey Stick runs after a night of partying (healthy, haha,) I began reflecting back on another story – my food story.

My Food Story Chronicles

*Grade school-Freshman year of high school: Processed and Quick

If you asked me to tell you one meal that stuck out to me when growing up, I’d say minute steak and instant mashed potatoes. Both of my parents worked while I was growing up, and cooking wasn’t really my mom’s passion (but she loved/loves walking and running!) so dinners were those that could be made with minimal work and time. In addition, I didn’t really give a hoot about nutrition, either. I ate Oreo O’s for breakfast and couldn’t care less if I got my veggies in for the day.


Breakfast (and before bed snack, haha) of champions Winking smile I will say, though, that my mom always had cut up fruit on the table instead of oreos like other moms. However, that didn’t stop me from eating oreos at my friends’ homes, hehe.

*Sophomore year of high school: Barely anything at all

Yep, this was my eating disorder phase. I initially thought I could stand to lose a few pounds, so I went about it the dumbest way possible – especially for a 15 year old. I started counting calories and taking diet pills. I found that when I ate less food and calories that I saw the scale go down. It was magic! So eating less and less calories would make me lose more and more weight! And thus the eating disorder was born. I got scary skinny and almost passed out in the bathroom of the church I was attending at the time and heart heart flutters before I started eating again.

*Junior year of high school through freshman year of college: Junk food like the rest of my friends!

After I started eating again, I eventually started eating McChicken sandwiches, hamburgers, BEER, and yummy cocktails. It was still in the back of my mind that this food was fattening, but my obsession with losing weight had been replaced by my obsession with partying and going out.


LOL – just seeing that brings back memories.

Enter: late night munchies and not really caring about nutrition again. I also probably gained around 10 pounds over where I normally was (healthy me.) I played volleyball in high school and college, so in my mind that was enough to offset it! I always wonder how much better of a volleyball player I could have been if I had cared about nutrition, though.

*Second year of college – senior year of college (2004-2007): College cafeteria dining – starting to eat healthier

My “party phase” of life began settling down during my second year of college. I also started working out more consistently and tried to pick “healthier choices” in the university cafeteria. Looking back, I probably didn’t choose the best options, but at the time I thought I was eating a little better – choosing Subway over McDonald’s.

*Last year of college – first big girl job at a big insurance company: Researching nutrition, experimentation with vegetarianism (2007-2009)

A couple months before college graduation, I had a pretty big health scare. After getting back results for an abnormal pap smear, I learned that I had precancerous cells on my cervix and had to have them removed via LEEP surgery. I was determined never to have to get this procedure again, because it thins the lining of the cervix, and one of the ways to prevent the precancerous cells from returning is a healthy lifestyle. I began drinking a lot less, eating much better, and learned how to start cooking. It was also during this time frame that I got engaged and then married!



imageI also flirted with vegetarianism a few times, but never really researched it quite well enough, because I never ended up getting enough protein or veggies, and relied way too much on fake meat.

*A few months after starting the blog, Running Around Normal ( October 2009October 2011) : Became a vegetarian

I’ve always been an animal lover, but after seeing a couple movies and reading some literature, I took the leap to become a vegetarian. Again. But this time it stuck! I lasted a whole two years before I added back fish into my diet, and then finally meat.


*Current: Eating meat again, and focusing on clean, organic food, with some room for fun

That was just a little over a year ago, and is pretty much where I am now.


Now I eat a little bit of everything in moderation. The only real rule I have is that if I eat meat, it’s humanely treated. The only exception to this is if I’m at a party/someone’s house/another circumstance where my only option is not eating. Then I’ll eat whatever’s there Smile You can read more about my eats philosophy here, here, here, or here.

How much has your eating style changed over your life? Drastically? Not much at all?

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  1. I love your food evolution! Mine followed a similar path – but after high school I became obese for a few years. This has inspired me to write my own dietary life history post!
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  2. I’ve definitely had some major changes in the way that I eat. We did eat mostly processed foods growing up and while I didn’t ever have too much of a “party phase,” I did eat a lot of carbs in college because out cafeteria didn’t have many vegetarian options so I ate what I could every day for every meal. Once I moved out of the dorms and into an apartment and therefore cooking for myself it got better, and upon realizing that processed foods were giving me such major stomach problems, I switched to a *mostly “real” foods diet. I’ve been vegetarian for the last 10 years and definitely gone through my share of phases of doing it right and doing it wrong.
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  3. mine has been such a trial and error and error :-) evolution too.
    after 43 years Im finally completely mindful.
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  4. In college, I used to eat late night pizza at least twice a week and my hangover food, also twice a week at the minimum, was a burger and fries from Sonic or the bar down the street… My cooking consisted of pasta and sauce (woah- so complicated) or chicken sandwiches that my boyfriend would create in butter and smother in cheese.

    My stomach just cried.

    And I am SO happy the election is over with. I’m hoping within a couple of days, I’ll be able to log onto facebook in peace. #priorities
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  5. I think I need to do one of these posts sometime – it’s a great idea!
    My food evolution has gone through massive changes – through high school (eating all processed crap, semi-vegetarianism) to early college (beginning of the ED: eating the same foods every day) mid college (barely anything) to late college (recovery, eating more but still ‘too’ healthy’ to now (balancing healthy foods with my favourite less-nutritious foods).
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  6. Great idea for a post! My food evolution is crazy! I’ve run through just about every diet and eating method possible until I realized that balance really is the way to go!
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  7. Oh yes, my food journey has changed quite a bit through the years… Throughout my childhood up until my senior year of high school, they stayed pretty much the same. It was pretty much whatever my parents bought and fed me, and I didn’t really blink an eye at what I ate other than staying away from soda and fast food in high school because my volleyball coaches told us to. My parents fed us a relatively healthy diet, but there was plenty of processed foods thrown in there too. Then college came and restriction mode set in big time… It was really bad at the beginning of college and progressively got better by my senior year. Thankfully I’m at a much healthier place now with the “80/20” rule in mind!
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  8. Mine has changed quick a bit from high school where I ate whatever, to college where I also went vegetarian and ate way too little, then university and into my first career I got a tad too relaxed and gained weight so a few years ago I went crazy healthy and started running a lot which also was not good. Just lately I have loosened up more and sure I have gained some weight but it was needed and I am hoping my body thanks me for it! It is all about finding a balance :)
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  9. I can definitely relate to this post so much! I have for sure had a shift in my eating style over time, always thinking my next style is the best. I think it takes time to find that balance we all want, but I sure know a few styles I never want to try again! Lol

  10. You are so strong, Paige! Good for you for finding a balance :) Though I must admit — I would give my left arm for some pokey sticks right now — buttuh and all 😉

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  11. I really enjoyed this post. It’s nice to see that I’m not the only one whose healthy eating journey used to be filled with junk. I remember in high school hitting up McDonald’s with my friends several times a week. Although I wish I would have discovered healthier eating sooner, It’s never to late to make the change!
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  12. My journey has changed a lot too! through hs and college I never cared what I ate. I just ate… mostly crap with lots of peanut butter. I have never been able to do dairy (allergy) and I’ve never cared for meat. I didn’t want to try new things like tofu or meatless substitutes, so I know I wasn’t healthy. End of college and early in marriage I went strictly vegan and starting experimenting with tofu, beans, and even tried “new” foods!! YAY! After having to go gluten free, I added fish and eggs back into my diet. I think now I’m MUCH healthier. I try meat, and if I like it.. I’ll eat it. As long as it is gluten and dairy free… I’m up for it!
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  13. I love this post! I can definitely relate with your years of struggling with an eating disorder. You may be healthy physically but the mental part never really goes away. Your journey is inspiring and I’m excited to learn more from you.
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  14. i love how far people have come and the different options they have tried when it comes to eating. I might have to steal this blog post idea! (:

  15. loved this post. so fun to see how you’ve made changes over the years!
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  16. Such an interesting post! I’ve definitely changed a lot over the years. It is a shame those teen years are so hard with so much pressure to be thin.
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  17. This is a great post idea, and I especially love that it’s a perfect example of the many trial-and-errors you went through to get to your current healthiest point.

    Now tell us, how good did meat taste after being vegetarian for so long? 😉
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  18. I LOVE your food story!!
    Mine is basically that I ate healthy as a young kid, then processed crap and fast food from about middle school all the way through college (and got FAT), and actually started to care about what I ate around age 23 and lost over 60 lbs by the time I turned 27. 5 years later, I’m still trying to find out exactly what works for me… I started a vegan diet over 3 weeks ago and LOVE IT. Though I do miss eggs, and will probably start eating them again in a few weeks.
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    You have touched some fastidious factors here. Any way keep up wrinting.
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