Get in Touch with Your Instincts

June 27th, 2010 No Comments Tags: , , , ,

I was awoken from a deep sleep the other morning dreaming about pie. My all time favourite dessert – visions of sugar plums were certainly dancing in my head. What a cruel way to wake up and not be able to “see the ending”. I might of gotten up with crumbs on my face!!

I read about Geneen Roth’s book Women, Food and God. It is definitely on my reading list this summer, as I have a few others in queue. When it comes to food and food choice we need to make choices with our mind and soul (gut-thinking) and find a reasonable balance between the two. There’s been way too much commentary on different nutrients, kinds of diets and ways of eating that we need to get back to basics.

For example I was running around doing errands and a huge craving for cashews came over me. I can’t ever remember having a cashew craving before. Now in the old days I would have rationalized that I already had lunch and we’re going out for dinner and cashews have a higher amount of saturated fat than other nuts, and on and on and on. Now that I’m older and wiser when I got home I had a handful of cashews and was done with it. Period. I didn’t give it another thought.

On another Saturday morning I felt like a big bowl of those mini-Shredded Wheat with milk. Part way through I felt I had enough so stopped. By 11am I had a hankering for eggs toast and milk. Again, in the past I would have rationalized that it wasn’t time for lunch, that I had eaten quite enough at breakfast, that eggs are a “breakfast food not a lunch food” and on and on the rationalization would go. What did I do, I took out the pan and toaster and ate what my body was craving then went on with my day. A very productive one, I might add.

Now it’s important to keep your head in the game when you do this because there are practicalities. If you’re the one in the house who does the grocery shopping make your list and buy the food. If you navel gaze over what you think you’ll want this week you’ll drive yourself nuts. Ensure you have selections from all of the food groups, to ensure a balanced diet. Now, if your “child within” is in overdrive and you find yourself noshing on a few too many cream puffs you might want to hold the phone on this exercise and rethink your approach.

I hope you like the photo of my sisters, Mom and I noshing on our Easter bunnies after our Easter egg hunt. Looks like I’m holding onto mine for dear life….

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