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Diet free living: I’m changing

April 12th, 2011 · 26 Comments · diet free living, salad

Something is changing in me. I’m almost afraid to say this out loud blog about it in fear of “jinxing” myself but then again I think it’s important to share. I think I’m getting closer to becoming an intuitive eater. Shhh.

I’m noticing very clear differences in the way I’ve been thinking about food in fact. Take this salad for example. It didn’t really start as such.


I was craving hummus and bacon and eggs. I thought a hummus, bacon and egg sandwich sounded fantastic (it was – I had it a few days ago… with some tomatoes and asparagus pesto. Incredible!)… but then I dug a little deeper. Is a sandwich really what I wanted? I wanted those flavors but also something lighter. A salad! That’s what I wanted.

And then the idea of a poached egg over lots of veggies, a big dollop of hummus and one piece of crumbled Applegate Farms bacon was born (side note: I’m obsessed with Applegate Farms stuff!!). I’ve never even made poached eggs but a runny yolk all over my greens, as a dressing, just sounded perfect. And light. Yes, exactly what I wanted.

So I googled how to poach an egg and this was the result:


It was fantastic. And some may say healthier than a sandwich but that’s not why I chose to make that switch. I was craving freshness and this was it.

It’s honestly crazy to realize these little changes about myself. Some days I want pizza and I make it. Sometimes I crave sushi and I buy a roll. And sometimes it’s grilled veggies or a salad. And they are all ok with me.

I am bombarded with advise on what’s “right" and “wrong” to eat but I’m zoning all of it out. I haven’t felt this in-tune with my body and in peace with my food choices (healthy or indulgent) in a long time (maybe ever?). The decision to quit dieting and choose diet free living has never felt more right.

I thought you may want to know that. And also that eggs + hummus (and bacon!) are a match made in heaven Winking smile

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26 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Elizabeth

    That salad looks gorgeous and delicious. And nice job on your first ever poached egg. Intuitive eating is a great feeling. I go in and out of it, but I have to say moving or exercising definitely helps. That could be because I’m putting my body to work and it then lets me know more clearly the stuff it really needs me to replenish. Keep up the good work!

  • #2 - Val @ Balancing Val

    That’s great! 😀

    Last night I was craving bacon and strangely enough, I had the Applegate farms one on hand 😉

    When I got home from work I was dead set on either making a breakfast sandwich or a veggie burger to pair with.

    I MADE myself sit for 10min on the couch to figure out what I REALLY wanted by consulting my stomach and the answer was that I didn’t want all the other stuff . . . Just the bacon.

    So I allowed myself the 2.5 slices I wanted and savored each bite and was satisfied!

    Another lesson from the ol’ body :)

    • #3 - Elina

      This is EXACTLY the kind of things I’ve been experiencing. Kind of cool to realize these little things once we start paying a bit more attention :)

  • #4 - Shannon

    LOVE eggs and hummus :) and i’m so glad to hear this! yay!

  • #5 - Corey @ the runner's cookie

    Wow, what a huge (and amazing) mental shift, Elina! It can be incredibly difficult to tune out all of the (often crazy and conflicting) messages we are getting all the time about “right” and “wrong” foods. I used to find that what I really wanted to eat was always contaminated with what I thought I “should” eat – to the point where I realized I had no idea what I actually wanted! I feel so much better when I can honestly ask myself what I want first, and THEN think about ways to make it good for my body (adding veggies, making it whole grain, etc.)
    So happy to read this post!!

  • #6 - Michelle

    I love hearing the happiness in this blog post. Go you!!

  • #7 - Jessy

    Elina, I’m so happy to read this! The salad looks delicious, too. I have never tried a how to poached egg, but I really want to, especially considering how much I love a runny yolk. :)

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  • #9 - Bridget

    This is so great to hear! I’m really glad things are going so well for you in regards to eating!

    That salad is gorgeous, and sounds delicious. I’m still only just starting to enjoy runny yolks but I bet that tasted awesome.

    I hope to see you tomorrow for cupcakes :) I think I’m brining Brian too.

  • #10 - PN

    Poached eggs are THE. BEST! Even my daughter orders them. I had not thought about hummus + bacon + poached egg though … I HAVE To try this!

  • #11 - Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    Ahhh, poached egg… I must give it a shot. Cooking an egg differently can really make it more decadent without adding a thing!

  • #12 - Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living

    Hooray! There’s nothing like feeding a healthy craving. The poached egg looks awesome – I’m a huge runny yolk fan ;).

  • #13 - Andrea

    That salad looks amazing, I would never think to put egg on a salad, but I am defininity going to try to it soon!

  • #14 - Jaime @ la vie...j'aime

    this looks so delicious! i had a warm hard boiled egg on a salad this past weekend that i made…so yummy.

  • #15 - MelissaNibbles

    That looks so delicious. I’m glad it’s getting easier for you!

  • #16 - Audrey

    I’m so happy for you. Reading this post literally brought a smile to my face, and gave me some hope that maybe one day I will be able to eat intuitively-not by calorie counts. Stay strong :)

  • #17 - heidi

    This is so cool. I’m so proud of you.
    Thanks for sharing with us. I’ve been interested in intuitive eating but never quite understood the process that goes on in your mind and is transferred to your meal. This sort of clarified some things for me. Thank you.

    Also, that salad looks practically perfect.

  • #18 - cara

    I love hummus and eggs together! Best combo ever.

  • #19 - Jess

    i love the runny egg on top of a salad. so tasty!

  • #20 - Meghan@travelwinedine

    I adore runny eggs over greens. Never thought to add hummus though! I am glad you are getting more in tune with your real cravings AND getting to eat delicious things.

  • #21 - Jumanah @ Healthy Living in the Middle East

    Yum! That salad looks incredible!

  • #22 - The Teenage Taste

    That salad looks fabulous! Poached eggs are incredible! :-)

  • #23 - One Healthy Apple

    Good for you girl! Have you made egg salad before and subbed the mayo with hummus? It’s delightful :)

  • #24 - Kerstin

    Yay, so glad to hear this!!

    And what a salad! I still can’t get over my phobia of runny eggs, but I love your idea to add hummus!

  • #25 - Kelly

    Go Elina! As someone who has struggled with this myself, I am so happy for you! Keep hanging onto these victorious moments and they’ll help you get through those less-than-wonderful moments — that’s what I’ve learned through IE.

  • #26 - Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo)

    Yay you! go go go! :-)

    (LOVE me a runny yolk!<3)