Good Morning everyone! Hope you’re having a fabulous and beautiful day so far!
In the past, I faced an intense fear of honoring my hunger. This fear got worse as I continued along this destructive path of restriction. I was so terrified of my energy output that I neglected to nurture my body properly. I went through a fear that many people with disordered eating struggle with; calories.
* My absolute favorite tea, alongside a delicious Fall scent *
When I meet with friends, there is one topic that seems to come up, now matter how many time we discuss it. Diets, calories, and our bodies. Many times I hear that they are going on a new “diet” consisting of 1200 calories and exercise. We are frequently reminded of this idea that 1200 calories is the “magical number” of calories that will help us lose weight.
In turn, we start to believe that this (very small amount) is an amount we can live on. We can certainly survive on this low amount of calories (at least for a period of time), but it will have negative consequences.
Not only is this diet super restrictive, but it prevents our bodies from functioning normally. Restriction only leads to negative things; like a sluggish metabolism, brain “fog”, and training our bodies to “cling” onto calories.
* Afternoon snacking on a pumpkin protein cookie. Fabulous *
I’ve heard people say they gain weight on a low amount of calories, and I believe that restriction is why they initially gain weight. Many of us cling onto this low calorie belief, because we don’t truly know how many calories our bodies need in order to function.
That unknown is scary, especially for those of us (ahem, me) who don’t like to be out of control. The presence of hunger is a beautiful thing, it means our bodies are working properly. We shouldn’t respond with fear when our bodies ask for food. Hunger is meant to be honoured. With an increase in calories, feelings like anxiety and confusion are sure to follow.
* Topped the pumpkin cookie with the remaining strawberries from yesterday *
These are unpleasant emotions, but they happen to everyone when facing a fear. I also had some pretty great side effects, that outweigh the negatives. Better cognitive thinking, improved mood, and increased energy.
Since I proceeded to match my intake of calories with the proper outtake, I no longer suffer daily from intense fatigue. I still get it at a certain point in the day, but it’s no longer an all day feeling. Not only do I feel better physically, but I haven’t noticed a change in the way my clothes fit.
* Get ready for this new recipe coming soon!:) *
Some days I feel everything is “super tight”, but that is mostly due to anxiety, not changes happening in my body. It seems as if things haven’t changed too much, besides being able to eat more.
Our bodies are capable of amazing things if we just listen to them. Bodies don’t want to be “fat”, they have a “happy weight” and its silly to try and control them from their happy place, because there will be consequences.
Living a healthy lifestyle means we honor our hunger and we don’t force our bodies to suffer through things that negatively effect them.
Our health is about nurturing our body to have energy and positive mental health to live life.
It’s simple really, the more food we fuel our bodies with, the more they want to move and provide us with energy for our active lifestyles.
Take the time to do things your body wants to do, take time for what makes you and your body happy. Live healthier and simpler.
And just say no to low calorie diets;)
Have you ever fell victim to the popular low calorie diets?
Are you good at honouring your body?
Have a great day all!