Last week, I gave you a peak into my life and showed you the Tuesday Morning Chef. This week, I’m taking things a bit easier as I am feeling a bit worn out. Between waitressing, birthday meals and learning the ins and outs of poultry, things got a little hectic these past few days.
This resulted in me not taking the time to plan out my weekly menu thus nothing is being cooked today. But, that didn’t mean that I was just relaxing. I did have a lot to do before school today, and the best way to tackle a morning like this is with a plan . . .
The first thing on my list . . . breakfast. Not planning a menu, and leaving the almond butter I bought at school (damnit!) led to me not eating breakfast when I woke up. After a while I began to crave something out of the ordinary. I craved a cinnamon raisin bagel with strawberry cream cheese. I knew just where to go to get it.
I want to use this opportunity to talk about eating intuitively. I think its important for people to see the thought process in choosing foods occasionally that aren’t considered healthy and why its ok.
Here are some things I observed about my breakfast . . .
1. This food goes pretty far against the guidelines that I set for myself when it comes to eating a true foods diet. (ie. sugar, commercial dairy, processed bread).
2. I wont feel great after eating this whether its 15min or 4 hours afterwards or even longer.
3. It might set me up for more false sugar cravings.
HOWEVER . . .
1. I truly am craving this bagel and its what my body wants right now.
2. MOST of the time, I eat a good breakfast made of true foods so this really wont matter much in the big picture.
I ate the bagel slowly and truly enjoyed it without any guilt or any need for more. I had no thoughts of “blowing it” and continuing on a sugar/junk rampage. I ate NORMALLY!!
What I am trying to drive home here is that observation and mindfulness are a HUGE key in listening to your body when it comes to food. Had I not gone into that thought process I would have ate the rest of the day in auto pilot mode which could have set me up for a rough patch . . . something I havent seen in a while in my eating habits lately.
In case you were wondering, about an hour later I was STARVING and I was starving for something rich and possibly sugary. This craving went away while at work (it was false and not coming from within). And when I returned home, I was craving real food again which leads me to my lunch and dinner for today.
1/2 avocado mashed on ezekiel bread with tomato and onion.
Dinner (packed for school)
Salad – organic free range chicken from class, peppers, tomato, onion, spicy chickpea snack, home made balsamic vinaigrette
I will admit, I am a bit more tired than usual and im sure breakfast contributed to that, but that was the consequence that was worth it to me.
How is your journey with intuitive eating going? Are you mindful when you eat things that are not considered “good/healthy”? What is your thought process?