Hi friends, hope you had the best weekend! Mine seemed to come and go pretty quickly, but it was a great one. I had some fun time with friends, a Saturday class at New York Pilates, and kicked a pesky cold I’ve had for the past few days. Last night I also enjoyed dinner at Casa Apicii, where they’re having a special Conca Del Sogno menu through October 30. If you’re in NYC you MUST make your way there! Conca Del Sogno was one of the highlights of my trip to Italy last year, and basically my favorite restaurant in the world. If you do make it there, be sure you don’t miss the Fiore Di Zucca and Spaghetti Alla Nerano, k? 😉
Anyway, onto today’s eats. I had an 11:30am Flywheel class but wasn’t super hungry beforehand, so kept it simple with a Spiced Pumpkin Pie Clif Bar heated in the microwave for 15 seconds + topped with a smear of peanut butter. Oh, and (unpictured) coffee. Always coffee.
p.s. this was probably my first time eating a Clif Bar in years – I guess they’re not really a thing anymore, huh?
A few hours later/post-class I was pretty hungry, so I made myself a toasty lil brunch: 1 O’Doughs gluten-free sandwich thin, one side topped with a spinach & egg scramble and the other topped with coconut butter, peanut butter, sliced banana, pumpkin seeds and hemp seeds.
Then I hopped on a train to head to PA for a couple of days. I like to visit my parents every couple of weeks, and I’m also going to meet my cousin Liz’s new baby (yay!). I arrived home to the smell of a homemade lasagna baking away in the oven. Is there anything better? (No. The answer is no). I had a nice big piece with a side salad of simple spring mix + olive oil & balsamic vinegar.
And since I can’t let a day go by without dessert 😉 I enjoyed 2 dark chocolate truffles while sipping on some herbal tea.
I know I usually keep these WIEIAD posts pretty short & sweet, but I wanted to take a minute to talk about the bigger picture and how this day fits into my Intuitive Eating / Food Freedom journey. As I mentioned earlier, last night I dined out and enjoyed pasta, wine, fried food, etc. I also didn’t have my usual intense Saturday workout yesterday – I traded in my typical boxing class for Pilates since I was still feeling under the weather. That’s a scenario that would normally leave me feeling the need to “get back on track” by eating “super clean” either the following day, or over the course of the next few days (usually some version of Paleo/Keto style eating).
But today…today I felt so strongly NOT to do that, and to break that habit/mindset. You see, the problem isn’t that I overate or felt guilty for what I ate the night before. The problem is that I have normalized this idea that indulgences – even the slightest ones – automatically need to be followed up by clean eating. That isn’t a habit I want to have, and quite frankly that’s not the way that I want to live!
Look – I totally get that sometimes we overdo it and want to eat healthier following indulgences. After the holidays, vacations, and other special events – that’s a normal life decision/occurrence. But on occasions like this weekend – where my eating wasn’t super clean, but was certainly normal – that is not a cause to get back on track. Plain and simple – I don’t want a life where I feel like I need to “get back on track” every Monday (or, in this case Sunday), even if it’s in the slightest, most subtle whisper in the back of my mind. I mean, aren’t Mondays hard enough as it is? 😉
I must admit I’m a bit tired and maybe slightly delirious as I write this, so I hope that made sense & resonated with at least someone. Either way, it feels good to get back to more transparent blogging.
Speaking of which, I’m in the process of finishing up my next Food Freedom blog post where I talk all about what Food Freedom & Intuitive Eating means/looks like in my own life. Be on the lookout for it later this week! xoxo GG