Intuitive Eating. Two (seemingly) simple words that pack a lot of punch. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what happiness means for me. I have an amazing husband, great friends and family, a job that pays well and at which I’m well respected and challenged; I have a beautiful home with a brand new kitchen; I have you guys – you inspire and motivate me, every day. I’m strong, I’m healthy; I have everything in the world going for me… but am I happy?
The answer is yes, mostly. For some reason food is the one thing I still haven’t “conquered” and that’s the one thing that occupies my thoughts and has a big impact on whether a specific day adds or detracts from my general happiness. It can be an amazing meal out (or in) that makes me beam… or it can be a night on the couch with my hand swiftly moving between the almonds bag and my mouth, which makes me want to cry but I can’t stop it! Food so often makes or breaks my day and I’d like to get rid of this notion. So I’m going to try something new. I’m going to try eating like my husband!
This may sounds weird but here is what I mean. Adam eats healthy most of the time. I give myself credit for a lot of this. Most dinners are planned and lunches are often leftovers. If there are no leftovers I often have a say as to what he packs with him anyway (today I made him a pepper, mushroom, chicken sausage and cheese wrap with 2 clementines – I know he’ll be really happy with that). Sometimes he gets a big salad at lunch. I haven’t seen it – I’m guessing there is more cheese, olives and “extra toppings” I would add to my salad but he gets some greens in as well and that’s good. Sometimes it’s buffalo chicken day in his cafeteria and he can’t resist it and gets that and fries. Sometimes he goes out with his buddies and gets something else with fries. He often makes healthy options but sometimes he doesn’t. And he’s okay with all of them. He doesn’t beat himself up for “screwing up his day.” His heart doesn’t race like crazy when he realizes he went over his calorie allowance. He just moves on. Sometimes he eats lighter at his next meal; sometimes he eats lighter the next day. He’s been eating like this for years and pretty much maintains his weight. Recently he started exercising and lost 10 lbs and is motivated to keep going at it.
Okay, so obviously I already work out quite a bit so I won’t be able to lose weight without a conscious effort. But maybe that’s okay. This food-related emotional roller coaster is something I would like to get rid of – for good! I think even if I achieve that and I’m a few pounds heavier, I’ll still be happier. Adam loves food as much as I do (although he’d rather have a bag of chips than a brownie) but he’s able to live life without food choices dictating his worth. He eats intuitively most of the time (that’s not to say he eats whatever he wants all the time – he still makes “better for him” choices often because he knows that’s important too). And on that note, I’m going try this intuitive eating bizz again. No more calorie counting*. Let’s see if I can start listening to what my body has to say, and respect it!
*I still strongly believe that calorie counting is a great tool to lose or maintain weight. It just seems to be the wrong strategy for me at this stage of my life.
1/2 raisin bagel with Barney Butter + nonfat yogurt with mango + coffee
Carbs + fat
Dairy + fruit
= complete (and delicious) breakfast 😀
Red curry with shrimp and brown rice
This is leftovers from Sunday night’s dinner – I added extra broccoli and carrots to bulk it up. This was fabulous!!! (another restaurant review to come)
(Self-assembled) trail mix – dried edamame, pretzel sticks, orange almonds, dried cherries
An apple with 2 packets of somersaults
+ 100 calorie dark chocolate bar
I was snacky! 😳
Rack it Up class – I feel like a super woman in this class (my biceps are SICK 😉 ). In the spirit of no counting, I didn’t wear my heart rate monitor. I only look at the calories burnt and I know I wouldn’t have done anything differently in that class regardless of what that watch said. I always try to lift as much as I can.
I love starting the week on such a high note!
I finally made Saturday’s planned dinner! On the menu:
– Ellie Krieger’s crab cakes with smarter tartar sauce (recipe here)
I love good quality crab cakes and these were delicious! I always use half lump crab (expensive!) and half claw meat (1/2 price of lump) and get great results. This was “meaty” – the fresh pepper added a nice crunch and color. Adam was pleasantly surprised at how much he loved these guys. I knew he would 😉
The roasted broccoli was fabulous. I didn’t use as much oil as the recipe called for but this came out great. Adam thought a different cheese would be better than parm, but I disagree. I think he was thinking Velveeta but that kind of junk is not allowed in my household. Gross. Yummy broc – I’ll definitely be making it again!
Ironically, due to my daily pickle consumption, we ran out of pickles to make the tartar sauce. I used a little caper juice to the mix and this added a nice “pickle flavor” to the sauce. It tasted nothing like tartar sauce but was still delicious. I’d recommend doubling it if you make this recipe. We liked a little sauce with every bite.
Crab is definitely pricey so this was a special dinner. We really enjoyed it and I’m definitely looking forward to the leftovers. 😀
After dinner I ate more while watching tv Yes, almonds were involved and I felt sick afterwards This was not a good beginning to my intuitive eating plan but this is not a race. I will get there. Please follow me in my journey!