You know those times when you indulge in a special “treat” and tell yourself it’s a special occasion? You know how you swear it’s not how you normally eat, but special occasions seem to be occurring every other day? You know how your eating seems to not want to follow a routine whatsoever during the months of November and December?
You do know that you’re not alone, right? I hope so.
Sharing my eats from Monday for What I Ate Wednesday– join the party!
Breakfast: coconut flour pancakes (1 ripe banana + 1 egg + 1 egg white + 1.5 tbsp coconut flour) with cinnamon raisin peanut butter (it’s a thing). Plus coffee and a piece of 85% dark chocolate.
I won’t deny it- there were many days over the holidays when I had to remind myself that french fries aren’t really much of a vegetable. There were handful of times that I realized I ate dessert twice. I got a little too excited when the Carolina Panthers scored 20 points, because I knew Papa John’s pizza would be 1/2 off the next day. I suggested we have a bonfire multiple times a week, because S’MORES.
Lunch: Turkey noodle soup made with leftover turkey, with handfuls of rice crackers (I freaking love this brand!) and raw veggies topped with cottage cheese and pepper.
On the other side, amidst all the groans of “I’m going to gain 100 lbs” and “I have to work out after that meal”, I had to reassure myself that food has no business flirting with guilt. The two were just never meant to be together. Sure, I was eating way more sugar and far less veggies than I normally would, but they don’t call it the holidays for nothing. Refraining from homemade gifted goodies is not a sign of strength if I really want to partake. At least not for me. For me it is demonstrating that I am letting outside messages get in my head.
Afternoon Snack: Brie bite (a winner from Trader Joe’s) with pomegranate arils. I popped the brie in the microwave for several seconds so it was all melt-y and wonderful .
The holidays are meant for celebrating! Your eating may look a little different than normal, but not everyday is holiday… (unless you want it to be). I have spent many holidays thinking way too hard about how I was going to manage my intake and how I was going to make everything “balance”.
Dinner: Sausage egg white casserole with a sweet potato roasted as little bites and ketchup.
Yet, now I know. Balance isn’t really about one day. It’s not even about a week. I guess you could say it is about a year because boring ol’ March will balance December… but that’s not what I’m saying. Balance isn’t a percentage. To me, balance is about you- on the inside. The balance from within will balance all other aspects of life- including your food. Balance sees the big picture and knows that two back-to-back indulgent dinners balance out if they are in good company.
Netflix Snack: Whole grain toast with a smear of Justin’s chocolate hazelnut butter, almond milk, and an orange.
Maybe I’m just trying to say -trust yourself. Don’t second guess everything you do (or eat). Especially if you are like me and love plants. They aren’t going anywhere. So don’t think of them (or exercise for that matter) while enjoying the double chocolate cake I made you. When you happen to have several special occasions in a row, no need to fear them- relish them. I mean, how blessed are we?
So tell me…
Do you struggle with understanding what balance looks like for you?
What is the most delicious thing you ate over the holidays? Probably that sausage egg white casserole. Or peppermint mocha cookies. Yum!