WIAW: Honouring Your Cravings
I’ve written about how important it is to honour your cravings before, but, as you know, I could elaborate on any topic regarding Intuitive Eating, so let me ramble on…
I’ll ramble on by making this a What I Ate Wednesday post and take you through a day when I had to take a big step out of my comfort zone to honour the cravings I was having.
I’ve really been enjoying bread lately. I have to say it’s always been a favourite food of mine. Anything from the freshly baked bread my Dad makes in our bread maker to a loaf bought in the freezer section at the grocery store. I just love bread.
Lately, I’ve been buying Silver Hills Bakery breads. I’ve tried their Little Big Bread, Steady Eddie, and Macks Flax so far. I’ve loved them all, but as of right now Macks Flax is my favourite. There’s a lot more to it than Little Big Bread and crunchier and more flavourful than Steady Eddie because of the flaxseeds.
For breakfast I love having two slices of Macks Flax under two dippy eggs.
There’s just something about eggs on toast that makes me a very happy girl in the morning!
And apparently on this particular day, bread itself was making me happier than most days…
After eating breakfast shortly after I woke up around 7:30, I needed a snack midmorning. It definitely didn’t take long for me to figure out what I wanted for my midmorning munch – more bread! I just couldn’t shake the craving! And why should I? Clearly my body was trying to tell me something, right? For some reason or another my body was begging me for more nutrients coming from the bread.
So instead of restricting myself to an old rule of “only one meal with bread per day”, I honoured my cravings because restricting and food rules do not belong in a life of intuitive eating.
My midmorning snack was two slices of homemade Chickpea Avocado Quick Bread which held me over until lunch when I had a “clean out the fridge” sort of lunch, which actually turned out tasting pretty great! I heated some olive oil in a pan along with spaghetti squash, tomatoes, baby kale, and tons of garlic until heated through. Then I added more garlic (can never get enough ;) ), left over ground turkey, a few sprinkles of different spices, hot sauce, and nutritional yeast.
One of the many things I love about intuitive eating is the ability to throw together a meal like this. Back when I was weighing, measuring, and keeping track of everything I ate on MyFitnessPal, I would never have been able to put together a lunch like this for myself. I know the meal shown and described above seems so simple, but it was a huge success for me and the feeling of just “throwing things into a pan” or on my plate never gets old.
I love being freed of a meal plan.
After lunch, my afternoon was busy with running errands with my boyfriend. We were out and about all afternoon and eventually my stomach started to say “Meg I need food!” Luckily, I always have a Quest bar on hand (ok, you caught me… I carry about five with me at all times), so I reached into my purse and pulled out a favourite of mine, Mixed Berry Bliss.
Unfortunately, the bar didn’t hold me over too long and not too long after my body was asking me for food again. My boyfriend and I were still running errands and I didn’t know what time we’d be home. As much as I don’t like relying too heavily on protein bars, I had another Quest Bar. This time I had the Vanilla Almond Crunch flavour.
In a situation like I was in you just have to do your best. You have to honour your hunger cues as best as possible, but you may not always be able to satisfy your cravings. If I were at home I would have put more thought into my first snack and probably would have made it larger, so I would have been satisfied until dinner time; however, life isn’t perfect nor is intuitive eating perfect either.
I did my best in this situation by giving my body food when it asked for it even though it may not have been what I was craving, but it was the only thing I had on hand while running errands.
The important thing about intuitive eating (and life in general for that matter) is to focus on the good and not strive for perfection. No day of eating intuitively is going to be perfect nor is it going to be the same as the previous day.
Your body has different needs each and every day, you just simply have to learn to pay attention to those needs and honour them.
You can’t judge yourself nor should you compare one day to the next as I said, each day your body will require something different, a different ratio of fats, proteins, and carbs, a different amount of calories, etc. which is why I could never go back to a meal plan because when meal planning and trying to adhere to an x amount of protein, fats, and carbs each day I wouldn’t allow variance. I wouldn’t allow it to change day by day. Instead, I was stuck in the mindset that my body needed x each and every day no matter what. Well, that’s not how our body’s work. Our needs change.
Now that I’ve been freed from eating intuitively, I am much more aware that my body actually does have cravings (despite what I thought when following a meal plan only a few short months ago) and I’m doing my best to honour those cravings (ie. the four slices of bread on this particular day).
This day ended on a high note of a home cooked meal made for me by my boyfriend, a spicy chicken stir fry, and watching the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Montreal Canadiens 5 – 1 ;)
My boyfriend and I are getting to be pretty big Maple Leafs fans! We’re even buying lottery tickets to place bets! Hopefully we’ll win something one of these days ;)
See you tomorrow!
Remember not to compare yourself to myself or others. My daily intake will be different from yours. Do what works for you and treat your body well <3
What’s your favourite type of bread?
Is there a type of snack that you keep in your purse at all times?
What’s the best thing you’ve ate lately?
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