Whew, what a day! I don’t know about you, but my Thursday FLEW by! I felt like I had practically just eaten breakfast when it was time for me to head out for lunch.
So, I’ve mentioned that I’ve been reading Intuitive Eating. I’m trying to put the concepts into practice within my own life. Everyday I eat what I think I should eat, not necessarily what I’m in the mood for. Today, I tried to listen to my body’s hunger cues.
It was HOT, HOT, HOT here today. I was looking forward to a refreshing breakfast of Fiber One cereal with unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze, Strawberries and half a banana. I throw frozen berries into my almond milk and by the time I get to work they’re perfect. They keep my milk icy cold….just the way I like it!
Hot or not, coffee was consumed along with my cereal. That’s just how I roll.
If you noticed, there was no added protein (egg whites, Muscle Milk, etc). It’s second nature for me to throw protein into every meal. That doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m craving protein. I eat it because I think I should. It’s a “rule” I’ve held myself to over the years. I picked it up from one of the very first diets I went on and held onto it ever since.
Lunch was quick and portable. Since it was nice out, I headed up to the park to get some reading in and soak up some sunshine. I brought my Muscle Milk Light RTD and some roasted almonds along with me.
While finishing the remainder of the day’s work, my belly was grumbling “Feed Me”. One of my coworkers had baked some banana chocolate chip muffins. Normally, I wouldn’t even put a crumb in my mouth, because that isn’t a “safe” food to me. There’s no label giving me the nutrition facts. I quite easily could have asked Victor what was in the muffin, but I’m sticking with this whole Intuitive Eating thing, folks. The muffin was what I wanted. It wasn’t oversized and I was craving it. I’d rather eat one muffin than end up bingeing once I got home at night. So, I ate the muffin and paired it with some Fage.
My belly and mind thanked me for the treat. I later thanked Victor as I walked out the door to catch the train home.
Since my arrival I’ve been trying on outfits for tomorrow. Today was just one of those days where I wasn’t quite happy with how things were looking. There’s now a heap of clothes on my bed that I’ll have to re-hang before climbing under the covers tonight. I also consumed dinner, which wasn’t one of my norms. I ended up blending up my strawberry protein “ice cream” and had some peanut butter on the side. With the heat, I just wasn’t up to cooking and eating something hot or heavy. This was perfect for tonight.
Thursday Thoughts: Intuitive Eating Intro
I decided that on Thursdays I’ll share some insight about things I’ve read or learned from various sources. Seeing as I’m reading Intuitive Eating, I figured I would break it up into sections to discuss with you guys over the next few Thursdays. I’m almost done with the book now, but read so fast that I didn’t take any notes. I will go back to outline the main ideas for you all.
Remember when eating was just….simple? Your belly grumbled, you knew it was time to eat, you ate something you craved and then you moved on to whatever else happened to be going on in your life at the time. That is not a process I’ve experienced in what seems like forever. I actually don’t remember experiencing it at all. I know I must have done it at one time, but I’ve been on a diet since the 4th or 5th grade. Most of my life has been anything other than intuitive eating.
I don’t listen to my body’s cues. I eat on a schedule and only the things I think I should be eating. My mom HATES when she asks if I’m hungry and my instinct is to look at the clock. You see, I eat every 3 hours despite if I’m hungry or not. My entire day’s meals have been mapped out since the moment my eyes open in the morning. Sometimes they’ve even been figured out before I lay my head on the pillow at night. It’s good to be prepared, but some things are just ridiculous.
I no longer have cravings. I go to restaurants, look at a menu and nothing jumps out and appeals to me. I panic and search for what I know is safe, instead of what my body might really want. Everything is on auto pilot.
Where have all of my rules and restrictions gotten me? They’ve led me to yo-yo dieting, disordered eating, frustration, guilt, being unhealthy, depression and removal from social experiences & life. It seems the more I knew about nutrition the worse off I became. With each diet there were more rules that I added to my collection. With each added rule I was confining myself.
As I started to read Intuitive Eating a humongous, ginormous light bulb went off in my head. This thing could probably light up North America! It all just clicked. All I’ve wanted over the past few years is to be “normal”. No diet is going to get me there. No more diets for this girl. Join me over the next few Thursdays as I outline what I’ve learned from Intuitive Eating. It’s only my first week and it has been life altering.
Ok, time to get those clothes off my bed. By this time tomorrow we’ll have already done the Happy Dance because our weekend will have arrived!
Have a great night!