Another debate on this lovely morning…
My aunt once told me that her mother ate the exact same breakfast and lunch every single day of her life. I can’t remember the exact meals, but I think breakfast was something simple like an egg with toast and lunch was a scoop of tuna over a tomato. She maintained her weight to a T for years. Clearly she was not much of a foodie to want to eat the same meals her whole life, but she must have enjoyed those foods very much.
Does being a foodie make weight management more difficult?
I feel the need to taste everything – particularly on dessert buffets! – because I can’t stand to miss out on a flavor. Often I think this is at the cost of my waistline. Foodie tasting > intuitive eating. I also feel as a blogger that I can get heavy handed with toppings just to make food look prettier. A little coconut for finishing – why not!?
Does being into nutrition actually backfire sometimes and cause overeating?
I am always thinking ahead:
Is this balanced enough to fill me up?
Should I add another protein/fat/whole grain to help with satiety?
Do I have enough fruits and vegetables in this meal?
It’s always about adding, which is a GOOD thing because so long as you’re adding healthy foods it’s for a great reason. However, can this come back to get you if you’re piling too much on your plate?
You know how they say you should always have a carbohydrate with a protein or fat at meals and snacks to keep blood sugar steady? When I might just reach for an apple, I also reach for a few almonds or a slice of cheese “for the nutrition” when really I might have just wanted the apple.
I guess it all comes down to listening to hunger and fullness cues. If you put those at top priority, neither should interrupt a weight maintenance or loss plan. But it has made me wonder if I should stick with the same oatmeal for breakfast and salad for lunch to simplify my life like my aunt’s mother did.
What do you think?