Monday Monday! Hello to all the new people visiting after the Woman’s Day article was picked up on yahoo.com! Ya’ll almost exploded my blog 😀 Welcome!
It was so weird having a whole weekend off where I wasn’t traveling somewhere. I just relaxed and did fun stuff, which was nice. Watched a lot of football and saw my fantasy picks just go out the window. I owe someone dinner this week.
I am changing up my workout routine a little bit now. Dropping down to 2 lifting days each week just to give my body a bit of a break. My thighs were actually a bit tight from the squats I did on Friday, so I decided this week will be a Tuesday/Friday schedule. That meant today was a run day! I grabbed some dates to fuel up pre-run.
Then I did 3 miles at a nice easy 11:00 minute pace. It felt good. Just sweaty enough (okay, I still get really sweaty). I came home to find John already up and making coffee. Sweet! Then it was time to play for breakfast. I made some peanut flour waffles!
These turned out good, so I will be posting them as a recipe tomorrow. Topped with banana/maple topping.
Deep thoughts ahead!!
I had a couple more thoughts on the issue of intuitive eating and the statement to eat what you want. When I was talking about the WFG book yesterday, I referenced that I think there is a difference between eating what your body wants and what it needs. This is where I think the true difference lies between mindful eating and intuitive eating.
Your body really wants to work on simple terms. The body understands carbs, protein, and fat, with other essential vitamins and minerals. Your body will take stock and say “Gee, we are low on amino acids after that strength workout – send up the request to the brain for more protein.” So you body sends a hunger signal. Now your brain says, “It’s time for lunch!” and you eat. The body receives what you put in it and picks through what it needs. I have this vision in my head that it sorts through all the things you eat to get what it wants. Sometimes the foods you eat do not give the body enough of what it wants. Like say the body wanted protein and you just ate a 100-calorie snack pack. So your body will tell you to eat again.
Or an example of if you are stressed. Your body understands the use of the adrenaline and cortisol response, just not necessarily why you have that response. That is the brain’s job. The body thinks you need quick energy, so sends out a request for glucose, which could be any simple carb, fruit, etc. Your brain says “I am having a hard day, I’ll have some chocolate”. See the difference?
Taking example of eating what your body wants and someone will say “I want a giant sundae.” Honestly, your body does not *want* to have a decadent chocolate sundae. It just wants nutrients. It will take what it can from that sundae and dispose or store the rest (hello hips). I think that is the sticking point people have with intuitive eating. Okay, it is the issue I have with it. My mind will say I want to eat a ton of chocolate or have that slice of coffee cake with my latte. But I also have to acknowledge that my body itself does not need it. Sure, having it on occasion is fine, but it’s also knowing how to properly feed my body (which includes indulgences and treats). Trying to temper the need and want is the real trick. Eating should always be enjoyable and purposeful.
That’s enough deep thoughts for a Monday. Anyone still here? :cricket:
Speaking of eating mindfully…. Here was lunch for today! I had sort of a desire just to eat a bunch of cereal. However, I know that isn’t really what my body needed for lunch. I made a wrap with chicken, laughing cow and hot sauce!
Tasty and satisfying!
Work actually was very busy from the start today, which is a bit unusual, but I was quite happy because it meant a full day of work was available to me! I think I might just make it with this other job alone and get pretty much full time until I start the cupcake, bagel, coffee, soap business decide what to do. They can’t give me an extra account, but I am welcome to do as much as is available with the one I have. Thank you!
John set me up with my latte, which I paired with a mint chocolate cup:
Calcium, protein, and carbs for the body, chocolate for the soul…
At the store yesterday, red pears were on sale! I got a whole bunch so maybe John might be able to have one before I eat them all. Included in dinner:
And gotta love breakfast for dinner with egg/feta scramble.
Is anyone else up for more snow? We are predicted around 7 more inches by tomorrow night! Eeeep! I hope I can make it to the gym for lifting tomorrow morning since I didn’t do it today.
So that means we are also going out to the cafe for coffee and chitchat tonight. Gotta prevent the cabin fever.
Question: Do you distinguish between needs and wants when eating?