We Are Not What We Eat!

We Are Not What We Eat!

Good Morning!

And by that I mean early morning, very early morning. This pregnancy has me sleeping and awake at the oddest times. I was absolutely exhausted at 8:00 pm last night and then up wide awake this morning at 2:00 am! The upside is that I get plenty of that coveted “alone time” this morning that mom’s long for.

We Are NOT What We Eat!

I listened to a fantastic podcast between Abel James and Marc David yesterday about the psychology of eating. It was about how we humans love to brand ourselves with the way we eat. We want to say “I’m a vegan” or “I am gluten free” or “I’m keto” or “I’m paleo”. While there are definitely proven benefits to all of these eating styles and it is never a bad thing to try to eat healthy, there is a danger in branding ourselves because we become unable to open ourselves to new ways of eating that may just be what our body needs. Abel told the story of one of his friends, who had been a long time vegan, buying a huge container of yogurt from the grocery store everyday and hiding it under a bunch of kale in his cart so no one would see. His body was obviously deficient in certain nutrients which was why he was craving the yogurt so badly, but he was afraid to let anyone see him buying it because he had been such an advocate for the vegan lifestyle for so long. Not only did he feel guilty for eating the yogurt, but he knew that he would be ridiculed because some of his fellow vegans felt so strongly that the vegan lifestyle is the absolute healthiest.

It’s seems crazy but I have definitely found myself doing this. Just last summer, I fell in love with the low carb/high fat lifestyle but then quickly fell into the “all carbs are evil” mindset. I remember the night I finally broke down and ate every carb I saw. I felt guilty for giving in but man it felt good to eat those carbs! Now I realize that sometimes it is good to eat a diet really low in carbs, sometimes I need carbs like now in pregnancy. It would be silly to not listen to my body and give it what it needs especially when I am so blessed to be able to do so.

So what I took away from the podcast is that we humans are not constant so we cannot expect to eat the same way every single day for the rest of our lives. We wish we could! That is why we are constantly trying to find “the plan” that works forever so that we don’t have to think about what to eat and can simply go live life. But that’s just not how it works. As we go through life, our bodies change as well as our environment. We have to listen to our bodies and be open to giving it the foods it is asking for. The healthy foods it’s asking for by the way. 😉

Our food is not our identity, our food is not our religion. Our food is our nourishment to help us live the best life we possibly can.

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Sugarless Summer Challenge – Day 11

I didn’t post for Day 10. But I didn’t have sugar! Hope all of you hung in there for Day 10 as well. You all are doing so good!

As I said earlier, I got up super early but still had breakfast. What’s a quiet morning without breakfast? Trying to be considerate of my sleeping family, I went with a yogurt bowl since the preparation didn’t make a lot of noise.

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Chat later in the comments! Have a fabulous Saturday everyone.

Questions:

What are you eating today?

Any exercise?

Have you ever made a certain eating style your identity?

11 thoughts on “We Are Not What We Eat!

  1. I just read something the other day that said something about how food choices are just that- choices. Essentially the same idea as you have here, emphasis on that every time we eat it’s a choice at that time and there are many reasons to make a particular choice. We shouldn’t view it as breaking rules or living up to any ideal or identity.

    Great post 🙂

    1. That’s such a great way of putting it! Just choices. It’s up to us to make the right one. And your right, we aren’t breaking any “rules”! When we get in the black or white mindset it sure does feel like we are. Thank you and thank you for this comment! Wise words. 🙂

  2. I went overboard in sugary drinks Thursday night. Went to a party and later three of us went downtown to party and I had a lot of alcohol and I smoked and danced so hard I peed in my pants lol
    I had a blast and went to bed 6 am
    Friday I totally slept away. All day down the drain. I rarely get drunk or go out like that but it was fun! Won’t do that again for two years I think hahaha

    Back on track again today. Life is life right?

    I had cottage cheese with heavy whipped cream for breakfast and will be having my usual meat, butter fried veggies with sauce for dinner.

    When I get a diet identity I go all in most of the time. I was vegan for about a year and didn’t eat any animal products at all for that year. It was easy in many ways and I felt so healthy. But life is easier on lchf for me now as I only need 2 meals a day and sometimes a snack but I do have more carbs some days and I can live with that

    1. Well it’s sounds like you certainly had a good time! Lol! It’s nice to totally let loose once in a while.
      Glad you are back on track. I find with this lifestyle, Some days I feel like eating more protein, some days I feel like eating more fat, and some days I eat almost vegan. Just because we eat a diet higher in fat and lower in carbs doesn’t mean it has to be the same stuff all the time right?
      That being said, this week will be completely off as I have a ton of out of the ordinary things to do. Oh well, it was sure to happen since I planned a no sugar challenge lol.
      Good to hear from you as usual Susanne! Hope you have a wonderful day!

  3. Great post Angela and great comments as well. I agree that we make our choices for food for many reasons. I don’t really like the idea of identifying with a particular group, I want to eat healthy food that will nourish my body. At this point in my life I have identified that starchy carbs are not really good for me so I will avoid them, but there may be times when I will choose to eat some.

    1. Thanks Christine! YOU are doing so great and totally seem to have a balance with it. You are sticking to lower carb REAL foods and still have your dark chocolate once in a while if you feel like it. Perfect!

  4. Ok, finally finding time to sit, read and respond. Well, I believe I missed a few days. I have forgotten. Long days at the hospital, dad is now home but I still go over, mow and do laundry for them. Im afraid, it is just the beginning of a long road. I’m not going to try to remember all I ate but I think the only food I should not have was a small scoop of ice cream a few days ago and I did have three rolo choc/caramels yesterday while visiting my mom in law. Not going to lie…they tasted wonderful.

    Not much exercise besides casual walking. Tomorrow, I will walk mow.

    Have a great evening, time for bed…finally.

    1. Hi Mary! So glad you dad is back home but I know this has to be a hard time for you. Prayers for your dad, you and your family.
      Good for you for doing you best. At the beginning of this challenge you said you felt like you were faced with MORE sugar than usual. THIS IS HAPPENING TO ME MARY! I am having the hardest time this month! Is this a sign? Haha! I lead a no sugar challenge and then have tons of sugar surround me? Is this a calling to all things in moderation? Hmm. Maybe so haha! So basically I am just saying ahead of time that there will be sugar in my week ahead. I am a terrible leader. Note to self, challenges are stupid during pregnancy and vacation season.
      I will do my best though! The posts will just be hilarious.

  5. Hey ladies! Sorry I didn’t get to post today. My dad came to visit and we spent the whole day at the aquarium and visiting! Talk to you ladies tomorrow! 😘

    1. No apology necessary…family IS most important ! Hope you enjoyed the day with your Dad. Memories created 😊. Bet your little guy loved it !!

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