Howdy y’all! How are you doing today? I’m doing wonderfully. 🙂 I finally saw my nutritionist, and apparently I’ve been eating pretty well! She introduced me to an app called Lose It!, and although my goal isn’t to lose weight, this app helps track my protein, carbs, and fats.
Did you know? The Japanese have the wisdom to promote pleasure as one of their goals of healthy living. In our fury to be THIN and healthy, we often overlook one of the most basic gifts of existence – the pleasure and satisfaction that can be found in the eating experience. When you eat what you really want, in an environment that is inviting and conductive, the pleasure you derive will be a powerful force in helping you feel satisfied and content.
Step 1: Ask Yourself What You REALLY Want to Eat
- When we diet or restrict what we eat, we often lose touch with the pleasure of eating.
- If you have trouble figuring out what you truly like to eat, the next step will give you clarification.
Step 2: Discover the Pleasure of the Palate
- Sweet, salty, sour, bitter, smoky, spicy, savory
- Pleasant, neutral, unpleasant, offensive
- Crunchy, smooth, creamy, crispy, mushy, soft, greasy, crumbly, gelatinous, lumpy, grainy, flaky, tender, tough, juicy, chewy
- Citrus scents, coffee in the morning, cookies baking in the oven
- Color, plating, knife skills, freshness
- Hot soup on a cold day
- Ice cold lemonade on a hot summer day
Step 3: Make Your Eating Experience More Enjoyable
- Make time to appreciate your food
- Sit down at a table
- Taste each bite
- Eat in a pleasant environment when possible
- Provide variety
(The above was from Center for Discovery.)
Resource: http://www.intuitiveeating.org/ by by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RDN and Elyse Resch, MS, RDN, CEDRD, Fiaedp, FADA, FAND.
Okay y’all, here are my eats for the day …
I had two crappily cooked eggs, 1 slice of honey wheat toast with 1 tsp of butter and 1 tsp of grape jelly, 1/2 C of sliced strawberries, and 1 tbsp of Cool Whip.
I was in a salad mood for lunch, so I had 2 C of spinach, 1 C of broccoli, 1/2 of a large cucumber, 1 C carrots, 1/2 C of bell peppers tossed in 2 tbsp of Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing, and an egg topped with some salsa.
Around 3, I was needing a little something-something, so I cut up half of a cucumber and topped the rounds with a packet of BBQ tuna. A teeny tiny drizzle of sesame dressing rounded things out … YUM!
I portioned out 5 oz. of chicken breast and sauteed it in my little ol’ cast iron skillet – once the chicken was cooked, I took it out and sauteed 1 C broccoli, 1 C green bell pepper, and 6 Brussels sprouts. I placed it all on a 2 C bed of spinach and added 1 tbsp of light ranch and 1 tbsp of BBQ sauce.
And, just for fun, Luke and I shared some beers – I tried the Shiner Oktoberfest and he tried the Real Ale Oktoberfest … we sort of passed them around.
But What Exactly IS Normal Eating? By Ellyn Satter, RD
- Normal eating is going to the table hungry and eating until you are satisfied.
- It is being able to choose food you enjoy and eat it and truly get enough of it – not just stop eating because you think you should
- Normal eating is being able to give some thought to your food selection so you get nutritious food, but not being so wary and restrictive that you miss out on enjoyable food.
- Normal eating is mostly three meals a day, or four, or five, or six, or it can be choosing to much along the way (we typically need a consistent structure).
- It is leaving some cookies on the plate because you know you can have some again tomorrow, or it is eating more now because they taste so wonderful.
- Normal eating is overeating at times, feeling stuffed and uncomfortable. And it cane be under eating at sat times and wishing you had more.
- Normal eating is trusting your body to make up for your mistakes in eating.
- Normal eating takes up some of your time and attention, but keeps its place as only one important area of your life.
- In short, normal eating is flexible. It varies in response to your hunger, your schedule, your proximity to food, and your feelings.
Again, this was ALL so strange for me until I went to residential in Bellevue, but slowly and surely, I’m learning that all of this is TRUTH.
Hope you enjoyed my post!