Kick starting with a solid breakfast of pumpkin pie spiced oatmeal with coconut flakes and a ton of fresh fruit.
Recent goals and challenges in my world have included simply eating 3 meals a day, no snacking. A vital component to this exercise is to create nutritionally powerful meals. It doesn’t allow for “fluff,” which is great for somebody like me, because I tend to mindlessly munch on fluff when I’m carrying on throughout the day. Also, I’ve been working towards becoming more aware of my hunger. Many times I find myself reaching for the fridge door before asking myself, “Am I even hungry?” If the answer is No, I sit down and assess my situation. What is making me want to eat? Common answers in my own experience are -I am anxious about something I have to do later; -I am worried that if I don’t eat more now, I will be hungry during my shift at the restaurant later; -I’m bored.
Trying to quiet emotions with food is a cyclical, never-ending battle that results in nothing but more anxiety and fear. Three meals creates a structure to stand by, and also a solution: I know when I will eat my next meal, I know that it will be hearty enough to carry me to the one after that, and I know that anything I eat in between is simply fluff. As this mentality has started growing on me, I’m finding myself enjoying water and tea a lot more throughout the day. Especially with my job conditions, it is super difficult for me to drink as much water as I need. So there it is: yet another solution!
I’ve realized that this exercise works great for me after analyzing my personal struggles, weaknesses, needs, and daily commitments. For someone with a completely different situation, snacking or “grazing” throughout the day might be what works best. The idea is to accept where you are as where you are meant to be, not fight against your daily schedule, and treat yourself as you’d treat a friend, boyfriend, girlfriend, or family member you love deeply. Isn’t it strange how that shift in perspective can change so much about the way you treat, feed, and comfort yourself?
This post was inspired, among many things, by a book that I will never stop recommending: Women Food And God by Geneen Roth. Check it out on Amazon here.