I love food writer Michael Pollen’s take on nutrition. In his book Food Rules he succinctly sums it up like this. “Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants.”
I used to think I needed to eat a lot more than I really do. I held this belief partly because I like to eat, but mainly because I wasn’t really aware of what I was eating or fully present when I was eating.
If I don’t slow down and pay attention to what I’m eating, when I’m eating, and even why I’m eating, I inevitably eat too much, too fast, and without a clue as to when I’m actually full and fully nourished.
Most of us are so busy we scarf down our food in an ongoing attempt to keep our fuel tank from running on fumes all day. Seldom do we stop to savor a meal or take the time to select foods that actually nourish us.
Before the detox I’d skip meals or load up on carbs, sweets, or other foods that only made me crave more of the same later. This usually meant when I got home from work and didn’t have the metabolic power working for me that I would have had earlier in the day.
Even though it seemed like I was eating less because I was skipping meals, I was actually eating more. By the time I did eat, I was ravenous and that seldom led to good choices.
During the detox I came to appreciate everything about a meal from purchasing the ingredients to preparing the food to presenting the meal on an appropriately sized plate.
Because I’ve always been on my own, I had not done this consistently for kids or family members. It became a profoundly nourishing way for me to support myself in making changes to the way I’ve eaten most of my life.
When we eat high quality, nutrient dense foods like I mentioned in the last post, we don’t need to eat a lot of food. So many of us eat foods devoid of actual nutrients. This means our bodies naturally crave more food in an attempt to get the nutrients we need.
I understand it may seem more appealing to snack on a bag of chips or M&Ms than some celery with almond butter, but your brain, your body, and your belly would love it if you’d give it a try.
That’s today’s take away.
Next up: Why Size Matters.
Share your comments or questions below.