A Nice Reminder
One of the things I really like to remind myself is that it’s okay to eat.
We’ve been raised in a diet culture. So I forget this sometimes.
If your mama wasn’t on a diet, the lady on the front of the grocery store magazine was. We’ve seen the rise and fall of the lowfat diet (how many Snackwell’s Devil’s Food cookies did I consume in the 90s?), the low-carb diet (bacon + hot bod =WTF), the SlimFast shake (icky), the Master Cleanse (guilty), the Taco Bell Drive Thru Diet, Fen-Phen popping, calorie restricting, calorie combining, big meal, small meal, no meal eating regimes.
It can all get so confusing. Even for me, a food and nutrition loving amateur who spends an absurd number of hours poring over recipe and health books in a polyester covered chair at our local library.
Which is why I love Michael Pollan. He makes eating simple. He cuts through the crap, encourages smart principles, and leaves the rest up to you and your clever brain.
Turn out, when said clever brain isn’t short-circuting from all the nonsense, supressing latent bingeing desires, and attempting to regulate ones body after caffeine and sugar surges, it can actually do a lot of things.
Like think about all the nice things you could be eating.
Like remind you when you’re full so you don’t overeat.
Like tell you how clever you are for taking care of your body.
As we’ve started to make the switch to more plant-based meals on our menu, I’ve noticed an surge in energy, an ability to think more clearly, and a general glowiness which I’m certain comes from not having to fight myself to stay away from all the naughty foods I thought I actually wanted to eat.
I’ve gone through the week, reminding myself of Pollan’s simple mantra, “Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Rather than feeling the hefty weight of impossible-to-maintain diet rules, this little quip makes me feel empowered at eating time. It reminds me that I need to eat. That I SHOULD be eating. That it’s my job to fuel and nourish my body.
Nowadays, I feel like every chance to eat is a chance to go on a grand treasure hunt. I love the excitement of opening the fridge and finding ways to fill my soul and cravings with “mostly plants.” I mull over my options. I read all the labels when I shop. I bite my lip in busy anticipation and I look for the vegan or vegetarian options on menu’s. It’s fun, trying to navigate my way as a newbie “mostly plant” eater in a world I’ve always known as meat-eating.
Oh! And my friend, Becki, who’s tummy is as flat as the Sahara desert, mentioned a food tip that I’ve enjoyed all week. She and her husband always drink a huge glass of water before they eat anything. It often satisfies your cravings (sometimes your body will make you feel hungry when you’re actually just thirsty) and encourages that “full” feeling ahead of time so you don’t overeat. I’m not much of a water drinker, so I’ll splash a squeeze of fresh lemon or a few drops of DoTerra Slim & Sassy essential oils into a cup of room temperature water before guzzling. A bit of flavor and an almost-warm temperature make it easy to guzzle.
Allright, your turn. Cough up your best tips. Favorite food quotes. Anything inspiring for the weekend. We’ve got some eating to do!
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