Food…. I think I may have mentioned before… I kinda like the stuff.
And I don’t mean stuff I shouldn’t eat (much) but the fact I appreciate and enjoy all the healthy good foods.
OK… disclaimer… this week I kinda got on a little baking/sweet treat binge. Chocolate chip cookies… peanut brittle … ( which I typically make at Christmas) but hey… I like shaking things up…
Can I just say… peanut brittle… is crack. That is all.
And this… when you don’t eat much sugar… and have “samples” of what you’ve made… it makes your tummy feel….bleh….
Is that a good or bad thing ?? 😉 I definitely am not tempted to eat much of it.
Food, I think we can all agree, is something we have total control over in our lives. Do we not ?
We have the freedom to eat when, how much or how little and what kinds we want to have. No one controls that.
To one extent, some use it as a source of power. It is the one thing they have absolute control over in their lives and sometimes it goes to the extreme, an eating disorder. It can also go in the other direction, eating what you want and how much with no accountability can lead to obesity and another type of eating disorder.
Food can definitely be a control/power issue.
Yet somewhere in those two extremes most of us are seeking to find a balance and order… a freedom with food that allows us treats on occasion but overall healthy eating the majority of the time to sustain life, give us optimal energy and health as well as maintain a ideal weight.
A couple years I started hearing about this rule… and well… if you know me by now… I’m a tiny bit rebellious against some rules.. especially when they involve food. Yet, somehow, this one didn’t repel me. In fact, it seemed to fit into my current philosophy on eating and getting all healthy and fit and stuff.
I started hearing about this thing called the 80/20 rule… meaning you eat good, healthy and balanced meals 80% of the time allowing in your week that 20% would be allowable for those things we really enjoy in life but have in moderation.
Birthday cake. A special dinner out. A couple of our most favorite, ever made cookies.
Just name your poison.
It seemed reasonable and sound, right ?
The other alternative thrown around I never got into the idea of, mainly ’cause it seemed so counter productive….
A day set aside to eat whatever and how much of whatever… with no guilt. What if I didn’t feel like cheating that day ? What if my craving for a cookie hit…. on a different day ? Not only that, but why shoot an entire day down the toilet…not to mention how it will make my body feel.
No….. that seemed like not the best fit for me.
So over time… I’ve eased into a unstructured plan of eating although honestly at this point I probably eat more of a 90/10 rule. Not to be restrictive or crazy… I just feel better when I eat well all the time.
In an athletic way… food fuels my activities and sustains me for what I do.. as an athlete I understand I have to eat well to perform well.
You know why this idea works ? there’s such a freedom to allow you to enjoy eating what you like and to find your own healthy balance. And if you’re like me and don’t care so much for rules… this allows you to develop your own.
And no, you won’t go all crazy and eat stuff you don’t need…. after all you’re a smart grown up aren’t you ? But you can build your own plan and you will learn to be selective about the food choices you make and really determine what treats are worth having. Hint: a treat is something to have occasionally.
And as you do that you’ll find a new freedom with food you’ve never had. You’ll have power, but in a good way.
What works for you ? Have you ever tried one of the “food rules” ?