I love to eat!
I love to eat fruits and veggies and whole grains. I love to eat ice cream and chocolate and cheese. I look forward to meals. I crave snacks. And I savor every bite of scrumptious desserts. Like I said, I LOVE to eat!
But some foods make me feel way better than other foods. Sometimes I do not listen to my body, and I end up feeling crummy for the rest of the day, or sometimes for an entire evening.
Yesterday was one of those days. As you may already know, I spent this weekend at my parents’ house. I have four brothers who also love to eat. Each one of my brothers is over 6 feet tall, and they each have a metabolism that should be studied by scientists.
Because they are constantly in a state of “hunger,” my mom keeps the house stocked with every food imaginable. She is a professional grocery shopper. 😉
I have a hard time resisting the temptation of many of these foods. For instance, yesterday I started the day off with a piece of whole grain toast and peanut butter. Then for lunch I had a cucumber and tomato sandwich, which doesn’t sound so bad; however, I haven’t yet told you that I ate this with a huge helping of macaroni salad and a handful of Nilla Wafers.
Not too, too awful yet, except I then proceeded to eat half a container of spinach dip on Triscuits followed by a glass of Riesling.
For dinner I ate a deliciously juicy portabella burger, and a WAY too big portion of, wait for it…
baked curly fries.
I was definitely not hungry anymore when I ate a NO PUDGE brownie topped with French vanilla ice cream.
I do not have anything against any of the above mentioned foods. Everything I ate yesterday was delicious. But at the end of the day I felt AWFUL. Indulgence can sometimes be good, but indulging all day long is not.
I try very hard to follow a balanced approach to eating. I try to eat clean, wholesome foods that are close to the source, but I do not turn down a birthday cupcake, or a helping of curly fries if that is what my body is craving. I do not forbid myself from eating any one particular food.
However, my experience yesterday led me to reflect on how important it is to listen to my body. I need to pay better attention to how certain foods make me feel when I am finished eating. I loved the taste of the spinach dip yesterday, and I could not stop eating it. However, when I was finished, I felt sluggish and my stomach felt full and bloated. I do not mean full like satisfied full, but full like I was ready to burst full.
In her cookbook Clean Food, Terry Walters encourages readers to keep a food journal. Not a journal where you record the calories and fat for every morsel that enters your mouth, but a journal that documents what you ate throughout the day and your emotional and physical outcomes. By keeping a detailed journal like this, you may be able to track patterns and make positive changes for a more healthful life.
I certainly know that endless amounts of spinach dip led to an hour long nap and further indulgences throughout the evening. I think I’ll avoid such copious amounts next time!
The plan for today is to eat as clean as possible. I think I’m going to try my hand at making Veggie Burgers That are Actually Made from Real Veggies for dinner tonight.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!!