Hi everyone, just a quick post this AM but I wanted to just clarify a few things for those who don’t read the comments.
In my last post I was talking about my still-tenuous relationship with food and how it very much is relevant to how I’m feeling in other areas of my life. I was saying how when I’m eating cleaner, I feel better and happier and want to take care of myself. And when I’m eating crappy, it’s likely because I feel crappy on the inside.
Many of you said “but it’s not about the food” … and I respectfully disagree. Right or wrong, I recognize I use food as a barometer — subconsciously. When I’m nourishing myself and using food as fuel vs. an emotional crutch, I feel great.
Yesterday, for example, I had a wonderful day. I felt CALM (even though no workout was on the agenda!). Truly, after the post, after getting it all out there … I actually felt calm.
I went out for lunch with my girlfriends at Panera, enjoyed an unplanned latte that our client brought the team, and had a date night with my husband where we had dessert (ice cream) FIRST and then dinner at Epic Bistro, a restaurant I went to for girls’ night one night and loved, but that he’d never been to!
We had a lovely night — we had crusty whole grain bread to start … got salads for greens … and wood-fired pizzas for dinner (lots of leftovers — forgot how big their pizzas are!) But I ate slowly and enjoyed it 100%. It felt special. It felt decadent. I stopped at two thin-crust slices (chicken, tomato, mozz. — DELISH!) because I was genuinely stuffed. And that was A-OK. My husband didn’t say anything (he knows better than to call attention to it) but I know he noticed “Wow, Melissa ordered pizza, her choice!” Once again, it felt “normal.”
My sugar intake — aside from the ice cream — was minimal. And because I didn’t nosh all day, I felt totally comfortable with enjoying it.
I also wanted to clarify that I have no intent to cut down my apple (or any fruit) intake — I LOVE FRUIT. As a kid, I was the kid who would trade a snack for someone’s apple or whatnot (after I already had my own!). An apple is my ideal dessert — it cleanses the palate, is high in fiber, and cleans your teeth, too 🙂
I just meant I eat a LOT of fruit — which, yes, is natural sugar — but coupled with all the crap I have been eating … it’s TOO MUCH. So I’m not going to cut back on fruit, but need to be more cognizant about the OTHER stuff.
Anyway, hope you all have a safe, happy and healthy weekend!!