My activity on OCT has been sporadic and unreliable to say the least. J and I were having a conversation about this just today! He said I have so many great ideas, but I only end up executing about 25% of them. HOW TRUE! Sometimes it takes marriage to uncover these truths about our personalities. I go into each weekend with wild dreams of finalizing my graduate school applications, creating meal plans for friends, deep-cleaning the apartment, cooking AND relaxing. After putting in a 60-hour work week and trying to get my required 9 hours of sleep a night, the weekend becomes a time to rest my weary mind. Some people, J, have endless amounts of energy to accomplish tasks. I do not. Anyone with me?
ANYWAY, I want to get back to my food philosophies. I shared with you my efforts to change my perception about food by removing ALL guilt; removing classifications of “bad” and “good” from foods; thinking about the way I feel before, during and after I eat; and viewing food as an opportunity.
Today I want to outline another tenant:
- UNDERSTANDING WHAT OUR BODIES NEED
- Ignorance is not bliss—I want to introduce a rather dumb metaphor. Pretend you have a car that runs best on carrots and olive oil. You don’t really care to read the manual to find this out because there is a beet and vinegar fill-up right down the road from your house. SO you faithfully fill it with beets and vinegar, mildly concerned because you don’t know EXACTLY what it needs. As you can probably guess, the car stops performing properly and eventually has to go to the car doctor for a diagnosis. Ignoring what our bodies need, just because we don’t want to give up certain foods or inconvenience ourselves, doesn’t mean those needs cease to exist. It only means they go unmet, with bummer consequences.
- Fuel for different activities—This is pretty clear, but the science behind metabolism can be quite complicated. All we need to know is that if we are increasing our physical activity level, we need to provide our bodies with the nutrients needed to sustain and recover. That said, saying “I worked out today” doesn’t allow you to eat crap the rest of the day.
- Perseverance, we have to train our bodies to crave healthy food—It takes time and effort to train our bodies to reach for the carrot sticks over the candy bar; and it isn’t like riding a bike. Long bouts of eating junk will cause us to crave junk. On the flip side, when we are eating healthy, nutritious foods, our body will start craving THOSE. It takes vigilance and effort.
I have one more tenant to share next week. Let me know what you think—I am so curious to know your food philosophies!!