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I’ve wanted the special man in my life to do a guest post on my blog for a while now. But what on? Well finally it hit me (and right in time too). I’ve gone on many times about how much of a typical, ordinary, normal eater he is, and how I wish I could replicate his eating patterns (in the meantime realising everyone will have different eating patterns and ‘normal’ would be different for each person according to body type, make up, activity etc). I thought it’d be really interesting to get an insight into the world of a typical normal eater (yes this is for my benefit also). I’ve written about it, but since my past (and perhaps at times current) eating habits are not always healthy or normal I can only say so much. Without further ado here’s the man who has done so much for me, doing a little more by bringing us into his very own food world.

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Hi guys,

You may think you know me from the many mentions I’ve got on this blog, but to properly introduce myself- I’m Simon. And I’m the guy that often keeps Bek grounded, sane and from going off into a tizzy.

I will admit I’m a little nervous and not sure how to start. So let’s just jump right into it. This is how a normal (I guess I’m normal? What is normal? Hmm) person eats- ie. me.

First off I don’t care about my weight and how it looks when I eat this or that, so that probably makes it easy for me to eat whatever I want. Basically the act of diffusing the connection between food and obsessions about weight and judgment really takes away the many emotions we feel before, during and after eating (yep, that’s Bek’s 2 cents there if you couldn’t tell ha!).

In terms of my health, I am as Bek describes, the anti-exerciser and anti-health food eater. Although Bek has managed to con me a few times with her healthier dishes- which mind you don’t taste healthy at all (luckily). I’m not overweight and I guess if you looked at me you’d say I was pretty slim. I think it has something to do with my muscle/fat make up or whatever because (as Bek whinges about) I can usually eat a chocolate lava cake (my favourite) and still have pretty good stomach/ab definition.

Most of my food choices are based on how I feel and what I feel like. Sometimes I’m super hungry but all I feel like eating is
doritos but we dont have any left (internal rage). I don’t really feel like eating anything else so I probably won’t eat for
another half hour till my mind changes (or till Bek forces me/suggests something). I don’t really think what you eat matters all that much because you’re going to be doing stuff throughout the day so the energy will get used up somehow.

I also eat how much I want.

Sometimes I’m eating something and I become really full, but I keep eating because it taste pretty friggin good. Then I end up pretty uncomfortably full but I don’t care because it was worth it. This coincides with Bek’s post about overeating and how it doesn’t always mean it’s a binge.

But then again sometimes I can be eating something awesome but I’m just not that hungry so I won’t eat as much- this can be an issue for the chef who occasionally takes offence ūüėõ Another thing about quantities of food is that I don’t stop eating chocolate after 4 or 8 pieces because I feel like I should because it’s ‘bad’, I stop because I’ve had enough of it. I’m also okay with getting more than one serving. I usually fill my plate with how much I think I’ll eat and if i need more I’ll just go get it. It’s all about satisfying myself- I don’t care if I have to go back for more 3 times, when I’m full I’ll stop.

My eating patterns are constantly changing but dont ask me why because to be honest, this post is the most i have thought about it. (Bek’s input- What normal people don’t think about their eating patterns/habits!?). I’d say the only issue with food and eating I have would be that I don’t like too eat too much greasy or sugary food incase I get pimples- but then again that probably wouldn’t stop me anyways haha! If I did end up eating it and felt a bit worried about a pimple break out or whatever I’d probably just reason with myself to have a big drink of water afterwards. It’s no big deal and I don’t really get hung up on it.

I have never had to worry about my weight or food because of my body type so it probably makes it a bit easier for me. But I also don’t worry about what people think.

Thanks for having me guys! Until next time.

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Wow, was that an eye opener for you guys too? What really stood out to me was how much faith he had in himself and his body- when he is full, he will stop. The big thing I think is not about ‘not caring’ but just separating feelings of worthlessness, guilt, anxiety, depression and all that nasty stuff from food and eating. If you don’t EVER feel guilty when you eat, that extra piece of chocolate you snatched up won’t matter.

What stood out to you/was an eye opener?

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I expressed a slight dilemma I’ve been dealing with lately and just wanted to highlight why I feel I’ve let myself and you guys down a bit lately.

I’ve been obsessing more about my body again and not in a caring, loving, nourishing way. In a hurtful way that shows little respect for the body that does so much for me.

I haven’t been foam rolling and stretching daily. I need to and know I should but haven’t been putting in the effort too. I get it in once every two days or so.

I haven’t been feeding my body enough when it needs it.

I’ve begun turning to food as an emotional crutch to avoid my issues. Not bingeing by any means, but snacking and overeating at times.

I haven’t been taking time out to relax.

I’ve been drinking water, but just not enough. I can’t let being busy get on top of my health and hydration.

I’ve started to get more spiteful than supportive for friends, acquaintances and strangers who I see making an effort to get healthy. Im ashamed of my thoughts and judgements.

I’m really sorry for this but I felt it was necessary to share just to show that we all have times that we are less than ‘ideal’. Plus I think it’s only fair to be honest with all you amazing people. I know I preach it, but I really have to start practising it too. Here’s what I’m going to try to do to rectify these things (to finish on a positive and proactive note!)

Drink more water and make an effort to drink it during and after my sweaty workouts.

EAT!!!! Remember I need more food then some, especially on heavy workout days. (Or just remember to not compare your eating with others- never a productive approach). Eating is nothing to be ashamed of- you’re doing the right thing for your body.

Do breathing techniques once a day, and make an effort to just chill (yes, this will be a struggle).

Focus on helping others instead of competing against them.

Take time out to worry and expose my issues. Deal with it, don’t dodge it (courtesy of my sexy man).

Remind myself how interruptive an injury can befoam rolling and stretching won’t seem like such an effort then.

Continue with my healthy thoughts and start faking it the positivity till it comes naturally. Some very smart chickie babe recommended faking it to make it ūüėČ

Since this is written and spread round the net, you guys can definitely keep me accountable. One step to being a better, happier, stronger and healthier me!

How are you going to work on yourself?

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