Today is day 10 of the Whole30 Challenge, and I can’t even believe 10 days have gone by! We’re still going strong, drinking our green juice, and going to bed early. 🙂
I’m starting to feel great though. There’s a lightness in my body and mind that is very peaceful and nice. I can’t tell you when I last had a full blown craving (OK, just kidding, it was like, 6 days ago. HA). But the point is, I can feel the difference and it’s nice.
However, this leads me to think about one of the hot topics in weight-loss today, which is the all mighty calorie.
Have you ever done something like this?
I have. Many times over.
Is it fun? NO.
Does it work? To a certain extent, yes.
Think about it. If you go from eating a high calorie diet that consists of tons of processed food and sugar, and then suddenly cut your calories down by nearly half, logic tells you that your body is going to release some weight.
But take a look at the food listed on the spreadsheet. Cookies. Fat free, sugar free yogurt. Skim milk. Fruit. That’s ALL sugar. At some point, eating like that is going to catch up with you, and it’s not going to be a joyful reunion. Not only that, but eating a diet that is so severely restricted in fat is incredibly bad for your metabolism and your essential bodily functions. It turns out we NEED fat in order to run our bodies correctly. A layer of fat around our cells is what keeps them healthy and alive!
So what’s this whole thing about a calorie is a calorie? Have you heard this? I have heard it a lot. Basically, a calorie from an apple is the same as a calorie from a Snickers bar. Honestly, this logic is coming from the same people who put up the commercial telling you that your body can’t tell the difference between High Fructose Corn Syrup and other types of sugars – you know, the one where they are all eating in a corn field? It defies all logic and reasoning to say that your body isn’t sophisticated enough to realize that an apple is not the same as a Snickers bar.
But they say it, don’t they? And plenty of people eat a snack-sized Snickers bar instead of an apple. I know this, I used to be one of them!
Let’s go back to the whole calorie counting thing though. Is there a more miserable way to live your life? Is there a more surefire way to turn a teenage girl into an anorexic or bulimic with horrible self image?
Here’s my message to you: A calorie is NOT a calorie.
I know this for a fact. I’m currently stuffing so much delicious fat into my face these days, that my Weight Watchers points tracker would probably malfunction. Even on this Whole30 plan, which is seen by everyone I know as severely restrictive, doesn’t leave me feeling hungry or dissatisfied ever. I am NEVER hungry. Why? Because when I am hungry, I eat.
The burn of a rumbling, empty tummy is no longer a “sign that the fat is leaving the body.”
It just means I’m flippin’ hungry.
And this is why I’m a Health Coach. I discovered this amazing reality for myself, and I want to share it with EVERYONE. ANYONE. Anyone who has tracked every morsel that went into their mouth. Went through dress rehearsals in their heads about dinners out with their loved ones (Ok, I can have ONE bread stick or a glass of wine, NOT both!), binged on vacation because they couldn’t take it anymore and then came home and HATED their lack of willpower and self-confidence.
It’s all OK. Deep breaths.
Here’s my two cents for you.
Cent 1: If you can’t figure out how it was made, don’t put it in your mouth.
Cent 2: Eat your fat. Avocados, coconut oil, olive oil, butter, ghee, nuts, seeds.
That’s my rant for today. 🙂
I’ve been drinking a lot of coffee lately — at least for me. I’ve never really been a coffee addict. I remember that I used to pour myself a to-go mug each morning before my junior and senior year of high school commute (45 minutes on New England back roads at 6:30am… Caffeine required), and I’ll typically have a cup of coffee after a nice dinner, as I find it settles out my stomach nicely. But I’ve never gone nutso about coffee, I don’t freak out if I don’t have a cup in the morning and I don’t really feel that actually “peps” me up too much or anything. I normally go weeks without coffee. But lately? I start my morning with a cup of joe! I blame it on Trader Joe’s and their delicious chicory coffee. I feel like ever since I bought that, I can’t NOT make a pot. It’s just so darn tasty.
You see, I find coffee sensual. Not sexy, sensual. I adore the sound of percolation. I love the thick, heady aroma of brewing java. I love the color. I love the way it tastes in my mouth, slightly smokey, a little sweet, rich like chocolate. Mmm. It’s just such a decadent experience. I also love coffee mugs and coffee cups. I love grinders. French Presses. Little wooden coffee scoops. Cute tins to store coffee in. Kitschy milk & sugar holders. It’s such an experience.
One of my best coffee experiences was last Fall during my first trip to New Orleans. I was accompanying Hubs (boyfriend then) on a business trip, so while he was in meetings during the day, I found myself wandering around the French Quarter, and came upon this:
And since I have been an Anne Rice fan since high school, and have fond recollections of a certain vampire named Lestat waxing poetic about this very place, I was immediately took a seat. It was insanely busy, but was the sort of place that was simply made for people watching. You have such a great view of people wandering the French Quarter. Anyway, I had a cup of their cafe au lait, with the hot freshly made beignets topped with incredible amounts of powdered sugar, and I felt transported into another time altogether.
Can you believe I actually remembered to take a picture?
So I’m not entirely sure how I feel about my morning coffee these days though. According to Web MD, which was by far the most normal sounding critique on the pro’s and con’s of caffeine, it’s not really all that bad for you when taken in moderation — assuming you are an averagely healthy person with no serious issues, like high blood pressure or a heart condition. Of course, it is acidic, and if you’re interested in keeping your body as alkaline as possible, coffee probably isn’t the way to do it… But I was more worried about the dehydrating effects, since getting my daily dose of water is hard enough for me. Wed MD also said that while caffeine is a diuretic, the dehydrating effects are less severe than most people think, and are mostly compensated with by the liquid in the beverage consumed. Clearly, you’ll want to drink water anyway.
These days I’m trying to be kinder to myself. Less harsh in my internal critiques about what I put into my body. Less frazzled and frenetic. It’s been nice, actually, to just toast up a bagel and eat it. Or use a whole wheat wrap in the middle of the day. Or put sour cream on something. It’s not like I’m eating ho-ho’s and Twinkies all day long — the things I’m freeing up are just normal every day things, that I had, at some point over the years, put on the Naughty List. So I think it’s safe to say, that if I’m craving a cup of delicious coffee in the morning, I’m gonna get it — I’m just not 100% sure how I feel about it yet 🙂
What about you guys? Thoughts on the brew? And how do you take it?
These days I take mine with some So Delicious coconut milk creamer and some raw agave nectar. Mmm!
Happy Friday! Wonderful Weekend Wishes to you all!