Yesterday was such a splendid day of eats because it was reeeeeeally intuitive.
I talk to my clients a lot about releasing rigidity and control when it comes to eating and trading it in for nourishment in the form of self love. I’ve been making a conscious effort to lighten my mental load when it comes to thinking about food by having less structure. More freedom. I was so sick of thinking about food nonstop—what I would have for breakfast the next day, all the different things I’d pack in my lunch, and what I’d snack on. And let’s not forget staring at freaking protein bar recipes on my phone when I should be sleeping!
Not having food prepared ahead of time has actually been super helpful on my intuitive eating journey because it allows me to live in the moment and savor my food freedom. Today when I woke up, none of my usual suspects sounded very tasty. Old me would make a smoothie because it’s what I should have even if it wasn’t what I was craving in that moment. Old me would be hungry an hour later because although I felt full, I wasn’t really satisfied. Old me wouldn’t let myself have a coffee shop muffin for breakfast because it doesn’t have whole grains or protein or xyz. New me embraces my cravings for Stauf’s epic buttermilk blueberry muffin with snickerdoodle coffee and a splash of soy. And my oh my, it was so satisfying!
When I got to Alchemy a couple hours later, a porridge spelt bread sample loaf had arrived from our local bakery and I couldn’t wait to grab a big hunk of it. Old me would’ve thought that I already had a carby muffin for breakfast and I didn’t need to mindlessly eat bread. New me enjoyed a toasty piece with mashed avocado, sea salt, red pepper flakes, and micro kale. Hit the spot!
I didn’t pack a lunch but Alchemy’s cream of cauliflower soup + kale and quinoa salad sounded yummy. I ate all the soup and got halfway through the salad when I realized I was ready to be done with it. Old me would’ve kept eating it till it was gone and not honored my fullness cues. New me is aware of feeling done with something and is okay not finishing every bite of food.
When I got to TRISM, there were a bunch of our new savory bowls to sample. Old me would’ve been anxious since I just ate lunch and now I’m eating again an hour later. New me didn’t think twice and tried all the bowls. Again, it was very satisfying feeling that sense of free will.
P.S. the white pants I’m wearing are on CRAZY sale for only $20 (they used to be $78!). They’re so comfy!!
An hour later a sweet craving hit me like a ton of bricks. Luckily, I had a peanut butter chocolate RX Bar in my bag. Delightful!
I got home from work and was feeling hungry for something crunchy before heading to the gym for Body Pump. Old me would deny those hunger cues and make myself wait till a socially acceptable time to eat again, AKA dinner, after my workout. New me whipped out the crackers and hummus and went to town till I felt satisfied. Ahhhh the freedom to honor my body.
Dinner was frozen wild salmon from Costco that we had defrosted in the fridge the night before. I coated it with avocado oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder and cooked it at 375F for 11 minutes. On the side we had green beans with garlic, cubed sweet potatoes sautéed in avocado oil, and salad. I went back for seconds of green beans and sweet potatoes until I felt full.
Then Jeff and I cuddled on the couch and enjoyed leftover cookies with vanilla ice cream. We had no internet and I took it as a sign from the universe that we should spend some quality, technology-free time together.
Just think…if your body could talk, what would it say?