Once again, feeling like there’s not enough time in a single day. I haven’t been as productive as I planned on being, but I do have a new friend in my kitchen!
I’m so happy with my new purchase! My Magic Bullet bit the dust yesterday and since I rely so heavily on it, I needed something to replace it ASAP! So, today I went to the mall and purchased the all new Nutri Bullet!
Despite having the Vitamix on my “want list”, I think this was a smart purchase. It’s practical and I won’t cringe at the thought of cleaning it. It’s also nice and small to have on my already cramped counter tops
I hope you’re all having a great Tuesday and have had a chance to enter my giveaway by now. I’m currently lounging in my Albion long sleeve as I prepare this post and fantasize about dinner…
What do I want for dinner?
Such a simple question, but something I’ve only learnt to ask myself since joining the IE challenge.
Of course I asked myself the same question many years ago, but after dealing with an eating disorder and only obeying meal plans and not my hunger cues for such a long time, that sort of question seems so new to me.
I have so many childhood memories of my Mom asking me “Meg, what do you feel like having for dinner tonight?”
I also remember actually taking time to think about my answer to her question…
Do I crave cheesy? Or do I crave something spicy? Do I need protein? Or do I want carbs? Do I want something cold like a salad? Or something warm like soup?
Throughout my childhood my answer to her question, “what do you want for dinner?”, was Kraft Dinner 9/10, but I always took time to think about what I actually felt like eating at that particular moment.
When paying attention to macro’s, hitting a certain number of calories, and following a meal plan, my cravings definitely got pushed to the side. You can say I didn’t listen to them at all.
Like I discovered and shared with you previously, many nights I would be having casein protein powder as a bedtime snack when I don’t truly enjoy it.
Now that I’m paying attention to my hunger cues and cravings, I’ve found out that I much rather have a bowl full of Greek yogurt topped with nuts as my bedtime snack.
(p.s. it’s 2% Greek yogurt! I’ll never be able to buy fat free yogurt again! 2% is so much better tasting and much more satisfying, too!)
Of course, not every day is the same, so I don’t have the same snack every night, because I definitely don’t have to, but I enjoy this particular snack much better than protein powder mixed with almond milk or water. Personally, that’s not the least bit satisfying to me anymore and I know this thanks to paying attention to my cravings
Food tastes so much better when you listen to your cravings.
I’ve sat down for dinner so many nights in the past to eat, but left feeling like I needed that “something else”… clearly, I wasn’t satisfied.
This is because I wasn’t listening to my cravings.
For an example, yesterday morning I felt like having pancakes, but for some reason, I made myself an omelette. The omelette was delicious. I made a 3 egg omelette with red peppers, onions, mushrooms, and ham. Absolutely delicious! But not the least bit satisfying! Why? I ignored my craving! If I would have had the pancakes I felt like having – the pancakes I was craving - I would have actually felt satisfied!
See, I’m not perfect, but I do live and learn because this morning when I woke up and identified my craving for two dippy eggs and bread, I went for it!
My eggs and bread tasted like the best eggs and bread I’ve ever had because it is what I craved. If I made myself pancakes this morning I wouldn’t have felt satisfied, though, because that’s not what I craved today.
Like I said, food tastes so much better if you’re eating what you want to be eating.
It takes time to hone in on your cravings, but you can do it if it’s a goal of yours.
At first the only things I could identify were “crunchy” or “doughy”, but now I’m getting better. Not perfect, but better.
As I wrote this post, I was able to identify my cravings in order to make my dinner:
- a silky satisfying fat
So, I made this!
A shrimp salad with beans, salsa, avocado, and romaine.
The romaine satisfied my craving for crunch, the salsa took care of my craving for spice, and the avocado, well, I’ve been craving that all day and I knew my body was asking for the fat!
Just a few short weeks ago I was absolutely oblivious to my cravings and hunger cues. I would have never been able to pinpoint what my body was asking me to feed it for dinner like I did just now.
It takes time, but I’m determined to repair my relationship with food and eat intuitively from now on.
Not every day is going to go “perfectly”. I make mistakes like yesterday at breakfast, but we learn from those mistakes and make better choices for ourselves in the future.
Do you try to identify your cravings before preparing a meal?
Do you struggle with identifying your cravings?
Can you identify what you are craving at this very moment?
I hope you enjoyed today’s intuitive eating post! I would like to write another for tomorrow, so keep your eyes open!
Love you all!