Actually I am pretty much always focused on food. I love to cook and I love to eat… too much sometimes! However, I have decided that I would be treating myself - my body and my spirit - much better if I concentrate on food as fuel. In the past, I have fueled myself, of course, but I have also used food as a soother, as entertainment, and as a time filler. I am
I have started another Whole 30 Paleo Challenge, and I am working it within the guidelines of the new Weight Watchers Simple Start program, in order to keep tabs on the amount of nuts, nut butters, nut milks, and dried fruit I am eating. And I am also watching my macro nutrient percentages, thanks to Tom Venuto's new book, Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle. Whew!
And then, just to give it all an exclamation point, I have started Laura’s Winter Reset today as well. It is going to compliment my efforts quite nicely… with one teeny tiny little hitch.
For the first 3 days (at least – preferably up to 7) Laura is asking that we give up meat. I am already not eating legumes or dairy products or corn or any grains, or protein powders or bars, this month at all, so I have been wondering where I am going to get my protein from for these 3 days. I am a meat eater but am really going to give it up for 3 days, and I am assuming that means fish as well.
The first things that came to mind were eggs and egg whites. And I have looked up the food values of several of my favorite veggies and see that they all have at least a bit of protein. And of course the few nuts I will have do contain protein as well. Then I remembered a go-to source of almost pure protein that I have on hand… ENERGYbits. Pure spirulina algae.
Oh, and I almost forgot... nutritional yeast. Will be making up a new recipe tonight with some butternut squash for my zoodles.
So, add at least 64 ounces of pure water to all the whole, real food I am eating, and keeping my good intentions in mind, how can I not be off to a great start on my January goal of setting some good ‘food as fuel’ habits?
When I eat whole, nutrient-dense, REAL foods, I am satisfied and don’t feel the need for sugary treats or between meal snacks. I am happy with a cup of tea or coffee while reading or watching tv in the evening and don't need to keep grazing.
How about you? How healthy is your relationship with the food you eat?