I can’t believe it’s already Thursday. This week is flying by!
*Breakfast this morning was inspired by Laura’s carrot cake protein batter, I mixed up a batch of this, minus the greek yogurt. The carrot was cooked before hand so it would blend in well with the protein powder.*
I’m an extremist. A perfectionist; I tend to see the world through a lens of black and white. The grey area in the middle? Not so much. It barely exists in my mind.
When my body craves something, I allow my thoughts to overcome and deny myself that craving. It wants chocolate? Nope. If I eat that one slice of chocolate, my mind believes I will lose control and people will judge me for this decision. I will become “lazy and fat” and never want to eat healthy again.
Just writing that out makes me laugh. Excuse me, for my mind is insane. Just because I eat a muffin or a piece of chocolate doesn’t mean I am unhealthy or that I will lose every ounce of health knowledge that I’ve gained through the years.
*Of course, no breakfast is complete without toppings. Cashew butter goes perfect with carrot cake oat bran:)*
Our bodies are amazing things. Through stressful times its kept up with demanding schedules, under-eating, over-exercising, and whatever else we throw at them. When it wants rest, we can convince it to keep working out and deny the rest it so badly needs. When it asks for more calories? Haha, that’s funny. Our mind can take control and convince us that extra calories will certainly make us gain weight and become fat.
Even through all this torture our bodies keep up, keep us alive.
*Dinner last night was a goodie. I sauteed a large zucchini in some coconut oil and red pepper flakes. Obviously I had to celebrate National Zucchini Day, which was yesterday.*
When I had to go to the doctor for health problems, my mind still believed that I was doing best for my body. Sometimes I honestly thought I was doing a perfect thing in honouring my health. By not feeding it with anything “unclean” or “unhealthy”.
Bodies have no thoughts, they don’t know what is right or wrong, good or bad. They don’t question. Yet, we try and tell our bodies what they need. I’m not just talking just food cravings, it’s also about honouring our rest, mindfulness, independence, social, and sleep cravings.
*I also had a side of Socca; 1/3 cup garbanzo bean flour, 1/2 tablespoon nutritional yeast, 1/3 cup water cooked in coconut oil. Once cooked, I spread it with coconut oil and sprinkled nutritional yeast on top. This was later spread with avocado. Delicious.*
We tend to think that our brains have more knowledge than our bodies. Most of the time when I’m facing a meal or snack time, my mind will weigh out the options. I’m craving a muffin, but what is more nutritious? Eating a muffin or a ton of veggies?
Our brains think the veggies are more nutritious and filling, so we stick with the “safe and comforting” option and don’t let ourselves eat what we’re craving.
We try and make the best and right choice for feeding our bodies, but is that really better? When we question what we should be eating, we put too much focus into food. We start to deny our cravings and deem foods “good and bad” by questioning our choices. Hello, unhealthy mindset.
Yes, we will feel anxious and overwhelmed when facing cravings, fear foods, and rest. It’s easier to play it safe, it allows us to stay in that comfort and feel a sense of peace. We think too much when we should be trusting our bodies.
Our bodies know what is right for us and we are doing the right thing by listening to our bodies. If it wants something, do it. Our bodies don’t want us to be “fat” or “unhealthy”, they simply want to thrive and live a healthy life.
Do you struggle with listening to your body?
Do you listen to what it craves or go against it?
Any tips to overcome this mindset?
Hope you all have a splendid and fun filled day!