WIAW – My Food Philosophy

I was torn between sharing my amazing collection of nut butters (truly, it’s amazing) or talking about my food philosophy (if you could call it that) this week. Since last week I talked about trying to eat more, I thought it would be timely to talk about my philosophy as it relates to food.

Over the weekend, Amanda posted this question to her Facebook Page:

Never

As you can see, I have somewhat strong feelings (okay, that might be an understatement) as it relates to labeling foods as “off limits”.

Last week my forehead broke out in what I believed to be pimples, and upon getting feedback from my friends, some people thought they might be more related to an allergy. I’m lucky in that I can only ever recall one allergic reaction in my life. I was 12 or 13 and I ate six or eight eggs in a short amount of time one Easter and ended up breaking out in hives. As I hadn’t changed my skin care route, or detergent recently, my next assumption is that the bumps were related to a food intolerance.

Ugh.

See, my philosophy of eat all the things means I’ve never dealt with having any food “off limits” in my life.

Once when I was in Grade 11 I decided to go vegetarian for a month with my best friend, as her boyfriend at the time was vegetarian. I think I lasted three or four days until we had salmon for dinner one night. I reasoned that some people who are vegetarians eat fish, so I could too.

I believe in eating healthy whole food

For a while when I was 20 or 21 I was working evenings and would regularly eat a protein bar for dinner. I reasoned that because it was a protein bar it was healthy; therefore it was an acceptable alternative.

I can’t tell you how much current me cringes at that.

The closest I’ve come to consuming a protein bar, is having a Vega Vibrancy bar as a snack last week.

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I’ve seen a ton of people raving about Quest bars lately, but I’d much rather eat real food instead of a bar designed to taste like cookies or a cinnamon bun.

This said, in my attempt to eat more, I did pick up a handful of bars for afternoon snacks on days that I run. They’re also easy to toss into my purse on weekends, as I find I’m having a harder time-consuming enough on weekends after my long runs, but that’s a story for another day.

Counting is for accountants

Okay, so I am an accountant, but I have no desire to count calories or macros.

While I do think it’s helpful to occasionally check in and see how I’m doing calorie and macro-wise, I’m certainly never going to live and die by those numbers.

I consciously work to consume sufficient quantities of carbs, protein and fat, but I’m really not going to get fussed if one day I eat more protein and another day I eat more carbs. I fully believe that being conscious to it (and I’m actively working to consume more protein) I’ll give my body what it needs.

If I want it, I eat it

I don’t believe in denying myself food

Yes, I have some weird and wacky food rules, but if I crave something, I’ll eat it. I may not always eat it right that second but I will eat it.

I’ve been craving red meat, specifically a good juicy burger, so that’s on my list to eat this week.

I also eat dessert nearly every night. At the bare minimum I’ll have two or three dates with peanut butter as my dessert. On Sunday I shared some of my gelato collection with a friend and had some dates. I didn’t feel one bit bad about it.

I don’t believe in guilt

When ever I make a choice as it relates to food, I do so consciously. Okay, most of the time I do so consciously.

Since I’m the one making the choices as it relates to my food, I see no reason to beat myself up for my choices. If I decide to get fries with my hamburger, I’m going to get fries with it and I’m going to enjoy every last one of them.

I believe in moderation

This week I may treat myself to a burger and fries – but I can tell you I’m not going to eat a burger and fries every day, or even every week. Heck, I probably won’t even do it every month.

I’ll have dessert every night, but it will be a few spoonfuls of gelato, or two or three dates, or one of Amy’s amazing cookies (although I really wanted to eat the whole batch!).

I’ll have a glass or two of wine on the weekends, but not a bottle. Most of the time. Sometimes a bottle is necessary 😉

Tell me: Do you have a food philosophy?

7 thoughts on “WIAW – My Food Philosophy

  1. Love this and agree on all counts!

    At the same time, part of me wants to be defensive and explain that “sometimes I’m too busy and have to eat crappy protein bars”…but that would defeat the whole not believing in guilt thing! We all do what we can and try to be mindful when we can, and that’s what matters!

    • Eating a protein bar for dinner sometimes – is soooo different than eating a protein bar for dinner all the time! Life gets busy and that’s totally okay!! 🙂

  2. Great post! I very much agree with your philosophy, however I recently started a sugar detox, which sorta goes against this. My sugar intake was out of control though, causing energy slumps and breakouts so I knew I had to take a more drastic approach to quitting it. Now only a few days in, I’m already regretting the detox because it goes against my usual philosophy. And now I’m truly torn on what to do, continue the detox or try and add sugar back in, in moderation.

  3. Isn’t it a fascinating topic? My wife spent a time working for a weight loss company (Jenny), and found it difficult supplying so much processed food. However, she was happy in helping people achieve (weight) goals and teach about portion sizes – probably the biggest problem. I’m with you, eat anything (you like), but in moderation, and with an eye on the total amount of energy consumed – energy in needs to be aligned with energy out, and in the right mixture (and not too processed!). Mind you, for what I consume, I need to be doing more exercise ;-). Have a good run today.

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