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.
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.
Chat later in the comments! Have a fabulous Saturday everyone.
What are you eating today?
Have you ever made a certain eating style your identity?