The Break-Up Diet (the downside and the upside)

The Break-Up Diet (the downside and the upside)

You will not let yourself eat 11 of these.
You will not let yourself eat 11 of these.

I did not break up with someone; however, there comes a time in most of our lives when we do. If you’re anything like me, you eat hardly anything and if it is something, it’s usually a jar of peanut butter. But why? There is some thought behind it.

Part of me is too sad and stuffed with emotions, but, part of me also understands I have to feed myself — because I deserve food and nourishment. Even through a break-up, you need to eat!

Of course the upside to a major slash in calories is the weight loss. And even if it isn’t much weight loss, it’s that water weight in which that bikini suddenly looks kinda awesome. And then you get sad for another 10 minutes because you want to selfie your boyfriend this amazing bikini on your butt, but then you remember he isn’t your boyfriend and you have no one to show. It is a dumb cycle and men are lucky to just stare at this blog post and say “yea, I don’t understand women”.

The downside to the minimal eating due to suppressed appetite is the moment you realize that you are friggin’ awesome and you are happy again! So you start eating again — and at times, the weight can come on slightly fast. The break-up diet can come at you like a yo-yo diet. But, you got to prepare the right way. As a dietitian, of course, I will always promote appropriate caloric intake, exercise, sleep, and a balance of foods throughout the day; but when life punches you in the face, I understand we must work with what we’ve got.

The most important things to consider during the break-up is that in a year from now you will not be on the same couch with the same box of  tissues. You will move on. So do yourself a favor and not let the break-up get to you even more than it already has — do not let it win. This is the moment where you put you FIRST.

Make sure you are eating several times a day — at this moment, just eat what feels comfortable. Stick with caloric foods and foods with substance. Handful of nuts, peanut butter by the spoonful? If it helps, it is better than a glass of vodka or a handful of gummy bears. Grilled cheese? Just use 100% whole-wheat bread. You want something salty? Grab a bag of low-fat/lite popcorn (it’s a whole grain, after all). Something mushy but healthy? Slice some avocado or eat with a spoon. Dip some pita or carrots with mushy lovey-dovey hummus. Something warm and comforting? A cup of soup with hearty peices of lean chicken, or seafood. Nuke or put some oatmeal on the stovetop (add some berries or nuts). Grab a glass of milk if you only want liquids. Make a smoothie (add some wheat germ, some flax, some protein powder).

The important thing is to fuel because you want to remain strong, and keep strong past the break-up. If you get sad and want to eat ice cream, I hate to say it — but, your ex-boyfriend isn’t doing that so don’t let him get the best of you!

So why do I eat so much peanut butter during a break up? I want protein, I want calories, and I want fat AND I LOVE PEANUT BUTTER… and, I LOVE MYSELF. The bottom line I guess, is that even though I am a dietitian, I am human and I understand that lives throws us punches. But don’t let it become fruit punch and drink it. That’s nasty. Walk away and grab something better.