Hello, hello, hello!
Today’s post is all about calories. You know, those pesky little monsters that sew our clothes tighter while we are peacefully sleeping. In all seriousness, I wanted to take the time to chat about the quality of calories you intake VS the quantity. Yep, no 1000 calorie diets here!
You have probably heard it before, and I’m not about to drone on about low calorie diets, how to count calories, and how to only eat X amount of calories every day – BECAUSE I do not believe in that. If that is what tickles your fancy and it’s working for you, then that’s great. You know your body better than I do. However, I wanted to speak out about how important it is to ensure you are eating quality calories as opposed to a fixed number of calories.
So, what do I mean by that? I mean that, ideally, your day is not spent counting the amount of calories in all the ingredients that make up your lunch. I mean that you are eating good quality calories, instead of junky low-calorie foods simply because they are advertised as low calorie or non-fat. If you have been reading my blog for a while, or if you know me personally, you know I am a big advocate for knowing what is in my food. I am one of those people who reads the label at the grocery store, because I want to make sure that what I am putting into my body isn’t full of filler ingredients and unnecessary sugars. I like being able to pronounce my ingredients. However, that can be extremely difficult given the chemical-laden food world we live in today. A 100 calorie “snack pack” will look a lot different than 100 calories of avocado. Yes, one may be more calorically dense than the other, but which one is going to keep you fuller for longer? Are the “snack pack” Oreos going to fuel your brain and emit quality nutrients into your bloodstream? Hmm, probably not!
That’s not to say that you can never eat anything out of a package. It would be a big fat lie if I wrote this and claimed that I never eat anything packaged, because I do! That being said, I try to eat as whole and as clean as possible, food like real fruits and vegetables, grains, healthy fats like coconut & olive oil, nuts, etc. It is incredibly empowering to fuel your body properly, in the way that works for you to make you feel your best. Some people perform optimally on a high fat diet. Others like higher protein or higher carbohydrates. That’s the cool thing about the human body. Our body allows us to do amazing things, and they are designed to burn fuel (food!) efficiently – so long as it is the right fuel for our body.
Eating is something that we love to do. We love eating, animals love eating, everyone loves eating, because it not only satisfies our hunger, but it can also be a very social activity. While it is easy to be influenced by others when dining out at restaurants, remember to “stay in your own lane” and remember that the calories your friend is eating may look different than what you are eating. Everybody (and every body) is different, which means that the way I eat may not work for someone else – and that’s okay! As long as we are filling our bodies with good, healthy food, then that’s all that matters. There are tons of healthy recipes out there if you are in need of some inspiration – even a few on this blog! ; )
I hope you enjoyed today’s post! Let me know what your thoughts are on CALORIES in the comments below.