Eat that sh*t!

Nutrition can be as complicated or as simple as you want it to be. When I first starteed working out and becoming healthier, I concentrated completely on calories and fat. So, if the calories and fat were less in a Fiber One bar than some fruit and or chicken, I’d eat the bar. My focus was so narrow, and though well intentioned, completely misguided. I feel like people are overwhelmed trying to make the right choices and why wouldn’t you be? There’s so many books, sites, diets, ideas, science and “science” out there claiming they’re the right way to get healthy. It can be overwhelming. Well, listen up brothers and sisters because I’m gonna break it down like an 80s kid in a track suit with a piece of cardboard: eat shit your recognize . So what does that mean? If you can confidently tell me where on earth it came from and the answer isn’t “a lab” then eat that shit. If it would rot in a week or less when left on your counter-eat that shit. If it does not have a marketing campaign-say it with me this time-eat that shit! Those simple rules will keep processed foods out of your diet and keep in the stuff your great grandmother would consider food.

Source: Decatur – Food


Hold up, wait a minute!

Sometimes I don’t eat for my goals and I need to hit the reset button. We all have times that we just seem to slip off track and are at the decision making point of whether we slide all the way into the pint of ice cream or we get back on track. What do I do when I’m faced with such decisions? Enough self talk to make you think I’m cray.

The first thing I gotta do is figure out what’s really going on. Am I actually hungry? Am I bored? What do I need to do to fill what I really need? When it’s food orientated I sometimes talk to the food I want as if it were a bestie. “So I know I’m not hungry because I’m actually just stressed and need someone to recognize how hard I’m working.” That usually takes the panicked need for sugar out of my mind, deescalates the craving and my instinct to soothe my stress with M&Ms.

There are meals that I totally blow sometimes and no amount of self talk or hearts to hearts with the food works. Blow=cookies instead of meal for example. In the post eating walk of shame I take to my food log, a different set of issues can occur. Typically led by my inner critic . I mostly am able to keep that a-hole off the stage but a post sugar binge can be just the distraction it needs to step up to the mic. So I have to engage a different strategy: I remind myself that a meal is just one meal; it’s not a day or a week’s worth of off-goal eating, it’s one meal. I then set myself up for success for my next meal. Find a new healthy recipe to try and look forward to or make sure I’m getting enough water. I may out myself to my partner and ask for her help to not go off track anymore that day. Or let myself talk it out with a friend. Mostly, I want to be gentle on myself and not create another cycle of poor eating.

What do you to keep yourself ON track or get yourself BACK on track? Let me know!

Source: Decatur – Food


Me so hoooooongry-or am I just bored?

I find I have a hard time remembering what true hunger feels like and tend to eat whenever. True hunger is felt in my stomach, that empty feeling. It’s not mouth hunger or feeling it in the back of your throat (that’s probably thirst), it’s emptiness in my stomach. It can be hard to remember so today I did an experiment to remind myself. I ate 2 eggs, some tomatoes and half a sweet potato for breakfast and instead of eating my snack before lunchtime I’m waiting until I feel true hunger. Not boredom or a craving because I remembered we have grapes, true hunger.
If it feels right for you I encourage you to do this experiment of waiting for true hunger to come before eating one day this week. When you’re wanting something before lunch ask yourself where you feel the sensation and identify whether it’s true hunger before eating your next meal.

Differentiate Between Hunger, Desire and Cravings

True Hunger = you’ve fasted for several hours and your stomach is empty.

A Desire to Eat = Not being particularly hungry but eating because there is food around. For instance, at Thanksgiving you ate a big meal yet you still want to have seconds or dessert.

Craving = A physiological and emotionally intense urge to eat. You may feel tension and an unpleasant yearning sensation in your mouth, throat, or body.

If it has been between 20 minutes and 3 hours since you’ve eaten a reasonable-sized meal, any urge to eat is probably due to a desire to eat, not to hunger.

Source: Decatur – Food


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