…my blogger friends gave to me: The permission to Eat
There are countless voices vying for our attention, saying “eat this, not that” and their advice is constantly changing. Instead of adding to the noise, we’ll keep it sweet and simple: Eat more God food than man food. That is all. You’re welcome.
No, really. Don’t get caught up in all the hype – the rules and regulations regarding nutrition. Eat when you’re hungry. Stop before you get too full. Eat food for fuel, not as a reward or punishment. Enjoy the food you eat. Eat slowly enough so you can taste what you’re eating. Eat more fresh food than processed food. Listen to your body and eat food that brings you health and life, not the stuff that steals it.
What is one change you want to make to your diet in the new year? I want to eat out less and prepare more meals at home.
You know that uncomfortable space between stagnation and change? That’s where I’m living right now. I’m living in the space cohabitated (spell check says I made up yet another word – score!) by head knowledge and a lack of action. I am not writing this out of shame or guilt, but rather out of a desire for a transparency that will create community. My prayer is that this post will be the catalyst I need to thrust me back into living more healthfully.
Yesterday I submitted, or resubmitted rather (gotta love technology), a guest blog post about getting and staying active. I was very comfortable writing the post, as I have been active for almost two months now. Activity, movement, and fitness come naturally to me. What would have made me uncomfortable? Writing about nutrition. Why? Here’s a big clue: I just finished eating natural peanut butter out of the jar along with mini-allergen free chocolate chips. The fact that it was natural peanut butter has to count for something, right?
But seriously…While I was pregnant with the boys, I didn’t just gain a lot of weight. I picked up poor eating habits I had put down years ago. When the boys were conceived, my diet was the healthiest it had ever been. I was eating clean and mostly gluten free. Then came the exhaustion and ravenous hunger. A dangerous combination for a former junk food junkie.
Now, 3 months after the birth of my twins, I am still making poor eating choices. The first poor choice is that I’m not eating enough calories. Nursing twins requires what seems to be a ton of calories. The second is a natural consequence of the first – satisfying the craving for high caloric foods with low quality foods. But I know that with some preparation I can easily meet my caloric needs, stave off cravings (can you say salty and crunchy?), and eat quality food.
So what’s holding me back? A lack of want to. Plain and simple. Which is crazy, because I really want to eat better. The problem is I’m not putting in the work to back up that sentiment. Ugh. I don’t need to read another book on nutrition. I don’t need any more head knowledge. It’s the putting it into action are where I’m falling short. I was just telling someone the other day “Either you want to do something or you don’t. If you don’t, you can find a million reasons to not follow through. If you do, you simply do it.” I hate it when I say something before realizing it really applies to me.
I don’t know about you, but I need motivation and accountability. I’m really good at motivating others and holding them accountable, but sometimes find it hard to connect with others who hold me accountable. So here I am at the tipping point, between stagnation and change, humbly asking you to hold me accountable. I’ll check in twice a week – daily is unrealistic for me and once a week isn’t often enough – and rate the quality of my diet. What is it that you need to tackle on your journey to living a healthier, more balanced life? Feel free to reply in the comment section or come over to Facebook .