The one word answer is NO. 
I don’t cheat on my diet because I don’t believe in dieting so I don’t believe in cheating on a diet.
What I believe in is LIFESTYLE changes. I believe when you are 200 pounds and want to loose 50 pounds, you don’t go on a diet, you figure out what got you to 200 pounds and you make changes in the food you eat and don’t eat and your life habits.
Nutrition is an important part of being a runner. Food = Fuel. I want my tank to be full of foods that are going to help me become a better runner.
I believe in eating healthy foods, as close to their whole state as possible. I believe in limiting processed foods. I believe that the low fat diet craze has made us larger as a society. I believe in eating healthy fats EVERY DAY. I believe in being active, whether or not that means running.

I also believe in living.
After Marine Corps Marathon I was craving a cheeseburger. I didn’t allow myself to eat this because I deserved it from running a marathon. I let myself eat it because there was no reason not to. I am a healthy weight. I am active. I eat healthy the majority of the time.
I went to Five Guys with Eric and Colton and ate a yummy cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, mushrooms and mayo [yes mayo]. I also ate more than my fair share of fries and enjoyed every moment of it. After that I wanted something sweet so we stopped at Panera Bread on the way home and I got not one but two of my favorite cookies. I wasn’t rewarding myself for the marathon [I think rewards with foods can be a tricky slippery slope]. I ate that food because I wanted to and food is meant to be enjoyed.
Over the summer I found out that I have a gluten sensitivity so I have tried to remove it from my diet as much as possible. I am 90 percent gluten free. I probably would feel better if I was 100 percent gluten free but I like to live and if living means eating a burger on a bun that has gluten in it – then I am going to go ahead and eat it. I know after I eat it I might not feel the best – but that is okay. I won’t eat it every day or even every week.

Yes you can eat a burger and not gain 20 lbs – it’s about balance.

When I am eating at home I am 99% gluten free. The 1% I am not is because there are SO many items that contain gluten it’s hard to even know. I am learning but it’s a process. I am not going to consume my thoughts with what has gluten and what doesn’t. It is very easy for people to become obsessed with what they eat. I don’t want to live like that.

I also have a lactose sensitivity. If I eat ice cream, I will be in pain, serious pain. This summer I eliminated ice cream all together. I have not drank milk since 2004. I don’t want it. Just the smell of it makes me sick. I try as much as possible to limit eating things that contain lactose and even whey, but like I said I also want to live and don’t want what I eat to consume my thoughts.

What follows is a list [not comprehensive] of what I eat on a weekly and monthly basis. These are the staples of what I eat [when in season].

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Potatoes 
  • Quinoa
  • Quinoa Pasta
  • Brown Rice
  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Hummus
  • Edamame Hummus
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Pomegranates
  • Oranges
  • Tangerines
  • Nectarines
  • Pineapple
  • Grapefruit
  • Tomatoes
  • Avocados
  • Chopped Fresh Basil [my herb garden]
  • Edamame
  • Peas [frozen]
  • Corn [frozen]
  • Brussel Sprouts [fresh]
  • Peppers [Yellow & Green]
  • Snap Peas
  • Green Beans [not cooked]
  • Soy Free Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread
  • Flaxseed
  • Soy Milk
  • Natural Peanut Butter
  • Udi’s Gluten Free Bread
  • Honey
  • Gluten Free Deli Meat Ham
  • Canned Tuna in Water
  • Canned Salmon
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Salad/Lettuce [different varieties]
  • Dried Unsulfered Papaya
  • Egg Whites
  • Gluten Free Brownies [Mix – Trader Joe’s]
  • Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies [Mix – Cherrybrook Kitchen]
  • Gluten Free Waffles [Trader Joe’s]
  • Popcorn [popped at home in a pot with a little bit of canola oil]
  • Soy Latte [Starbucks]
  • Soy No Water Chai [Starbucks]
  • nuun []
  • Coffee [unsweetened]
  • V8 Juice

I have been trying to take vitamins every day. I realize some people think that vitamins don’t work and you should get them naturally in food, but I beg to differ. Vitamins work for me, maybe it is the placebo effect, maybe not. Either way I won’t stop taking them any time soon.

I order most vitamins from Swanson Health. They have better pricing than Target which is where I was typically purchasing them before. If you sign up for their emails they are always sending out coupons for shipping or other discount deals!

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What is something healthy that you eat every week? Questions?


  1. I have to admit, since losing 50 lbs I have found it nearly impossible not to count calories. It's something I'm trying to wean myself off of as I work toward "intuitive eating." I love your list of staple foods. I'd say that one healthy thing I eat regularly is apples. Daily. Love them, can't get enough of them.

  2. Thanks for this post. I try really hard to look at food the same way. If I fuss over it to much then it ruins food for me. Sometimes I think people obsess over food so much that it can actually hinder their weight loss. Have you ever been diagnosed with more than just a sensitivity to gluten? I ask because I husband has Celiec disease and lactose intolerance and celiac are very common to have together.

  3. Cat@ Breakfast to Bed says:

    I eat pb and honey on whole wheat with a salad almost every day for lunch. I think I'd go crazy without it. As for five guys? NO MUSHROOMS?!?!? gotta get the shrooms.

  4. If you ever crave ice cream try Larry and Lunas coconut milk ice cream, it's delicious! Most Whole Foods carry it.

  5. Andrea (Run. Learn. Repeat.) says:

    I just found out that I have a gluten sensitivity as well. I'm still working on completely eliminating it from my diet, but I have the same mind frame as you when it comes to diets.

  6. Lindsay @ Lindsay's List says:

    Five Guys has THE BEST burgers!! yum!
    Something healthy I eat? hmm..for lunch, I just had a hot mess in a bowl. Spaghetti squash, spinach, cheese, hummus, Greek Yogurt. All stirred together and microwaved. So good.

  7. says:

    Great Post! Do you ever eat Chia Seeds?

  8. Kristin Miller says:

    How did you find out that you had a gluten sensitivity?

  9. Gracie (Complicated Day) says:

    I probably need to cut out some of the junk I eat (ahem, bag of Halloween candy hidden under my desk) and I'm sure I'd do better not drinking a glass of wine every night and three cups of coffee a day. But overall I eat lots of legumes and fresh fruits and vegetables with a variety of grains, so I'm not doing too poorly. I eat cheese, but I never drink milk (we were too poor growing up to drink milk regularly, so I never made a habit of it) so I wonder about my calcium. I don't take vitamins because I'm just too forgetful!

  10. sassclops (Robin) says:

    I love chopping up an avocado and mixing it in a big bowl of brown rice with soy sauce as a post-run meal. I discovered it when I set out to make homemade sushi and realized we ran out of wraps. I could easily eat avocado daily if they weren't so expensive here!

  11. Aimee Spencer says:

    Another nice post, Dorothy! I'm thankful for your insights and sharing! – Aimee Spencer

  12. says:

    love this post 😀 i feel the same … i went from 280 to 160 with this mentality!!! as for favorite foods i eat weekly … hummus, baked sweet potatoes smothered in peanut butter and crunchy granola (i dare ya to find a more filling breakfast or lunch!!), and a salad of any kind.

    and french fries are a personal weakness. my bestie and i are both in love with fries of all kinds and we're constantly on the search for the "best"

  13. I too have been dairy free for a few weeks & try to limit wheat more now. I'm curious, though, because the only real protein you listed was tuna, salmon, edemame, PB, & deli meat. Do you also eat beans, eggs, & other meat regularly or what are you other sources of protein? These are lot of the same staples I eat but I guess I'd like to know more of what kind of actual meals you make regularly for yourself and your family with these staples? I am trying to get back to menu planning more and providing healthy meals with less wheat & dairy for the whole family but are also simple, easy, and something everyone will eat. I just don't have a lot of time for meal prep & I have some of my family is not as keen on some of these ingredients as I am. :)

  14. ~Love this post!~

    I am vegetarian for health reasons (moral reasons are a bonus!). I have had high cholesterol since I was 19 (and relatively healthy) and after years of eating better I realize the ONLY way to kick my cholesterol over the edge into the good range was to do something drastic. I cut out all meat, dairy (it causes me massive pain as well) and as much egg as I can.

    It worked! I dropped my cholesterol by MANY points and it encouraged me to continue eating far more greens and beans than I had previously. I still have a long way to go but I am so glad that making the better choices (more green and no meat) is making the impact I need to be around a long time!

  15. I experience the same too after I lost the 20 pounds. It’s been a habit since that I eyeball my meals and plan them ahead. Then again fruits won’t be my staple snacks of choice if weight maintenance is priority. Glad this is a healthy community for women :)


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