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I am currently in the waiting period between graduation and my dietetic internship. It’s not the kind of waiting where I am sitting by the phone waiting for it to ring and it’s not the kind of waiting that has me anxious for time to speed up. Rather, it is the kind of waiting that allows me time to relax & recuperate plus get a fun job at a cupcake shop.Yes, this chick with her masters in nutrition is working at a cupcake shop and she totally loves it.
Breakfast: Banana cocoa baked oatmeal (recipe) topped with peanut butter plus dark chocolate and coffee x 2
However,not everyone agrees that you can have a healthy diet that includes both nutritious foods and cupcakes. I used to never eat food that was high in calories, for fear it would lead to rapid massive amounts of weight gain. I didn’t trust my body. I didn’t trust my metabolism to work like it should. So I ate the same things on repeat. I ordered the ‘healthiest’ sounding thing on the menu. I turned down spontaneous treats. Sure, other people could probably eat those things and not see a weight change, but I didn’t trust my body to do that.
<insert a few handfuls of homemade granola here>
My fear probably came from being overweight as an adolescent. During that time I would often eat out of boredom and didn’t exercise very much. My body was different than my friends. It’s likely something that would have evened out over time, but we’ll never know. Even as an adult, however, I thought those same emotional eating habits would carry over and I wouldn’t be able to trust my body to burn food and maintain my weight.
Lunch: Chicken sausage and homemade veggie sauce (tomatoes, carrots, onions, broccoli chicken broth, milk, and spices), farro.
One of the greatest personal things I took away from studying nutrition was that I could trust my body. My body wants to use food as fuel and is pretty equipped to do. I eat burgers, fries, and cupcakes and my body doesn’t change.
Snack: strawberries, plain Greek yogurt, & corn flakes
Most food has value- whether it is nutritious value or experience value or taste value, it’s value. And I can trust my body to handle to it. My intake doesn’t have to be closely monitored and tracked in order for me to maintain. If I am eating based off my hunger and sometimes my enjoyment, I’m going to hang around that natural set point my body prefers (usually within +/- 5 lb).
Dinner: Breakfast nachos with eggs, cheese, onions, tomatoes, spinach, hot sauce, salsa, and sour cream.
I understand that trusting ones body isn’t the norm much. That’s why we tend to label food as good or bad. That’s why people assume they’d gains 100 lb working in a bakery ( I hear that often.) However, if we listen to our body cues, we’ll soon learn that we don’t have much of a desire to gorge on sweets day after day. This past Saturday after sampling a fair share of sweets, all my body wanted was a fresh salad with grilled chicken. I didn’t want it just because I thought that’s what I needed to eat after eating sweets, but it’s actually all I could think of. Fresh veggies + salty protein sounded so good after having sweets.
Dessert: “peanut butter puff in a mug” (recipe) and almond milk
I’m sharing this because I know it can be scary to trust your body- to trust that it won’t want 100 fries after the first one. Yet it is possible, you can enjoy a cupcake and then move on, thinking nothing of it. Like most things in life, we tend to over complicate food. There is no perfect way to eat and you don’t have to have total control over your diet. Your body was created with the ability to fuel your and keep you healthy!
I now trust my body’s cues to help me consume a balanced diet full of both nutrients and the “other” things I find delicious. I don’t have to work to maintain my weight. Sure, I exercise frequently, but I also know I can go a couple days without exercise and nothing happens then either. It’s a really good relationship, the one I’ve built with my body. Life is 100 times more fulfilling and fun than it was before, all because I loosened the reigns and trusted my body.
Now it’s your turn, let’s hear your thoughts on body trust.