As I was enjoying my new
addiction favorite thing this afternoon, I noticed a quote that really spoke to me.
“You only get out of your body what you put into it.”
Have you ever really thought about that?
I remember reading somewhere (it might have been a blog… I honestly don’t remember) that a new mom’s philosophy on food was, “Would I want to feed this to my baby?” I liked that, too.
Basically, I like the idea of fueling with whole foods. I don’t think our bodies are really meant to have processed foods and, for the most part, I really do try to avoid them.
I try to avoid them for other reasons, too, but that’s for another (big) post.
Anyway, I have avoided processed foods entirely so far today, which I normally do anyway… but today, I really focused on cutting out my “handful” habit (it’s really a problem). It feels good to only have whole foods! I started my day with an oatmeal pancake, which I’ve made before.
Into the mix went:
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 egg
- splash unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- handful blueberries
- 2 dashes cinnamon
- 1 tbs nonfat plain TJ’s Greek yogurt
- 1 tbs strawberry rhubarb jam
- handful blueberries
- sprinkle walnut pieces
- 1/2 tbs shredded unsweetened coconut
It was good, but somehow not as good as I’d remembered it to be. I think I’m more into plain ol’ oatmeal these days.
Lunch was leftover Mexican Casserole. I didn’t take a picture today, but it looked like a previous day’s lunch of the exact same meal:
No tortilla, though. I didn’t even eat the tortilla the day I did have it on my plate, actually.
Dessert was an apple. A little later, I had a tiny clementine.
And, you know, there was that Kombucha.
Don’t judge! I have a problem.
Snack was a banana with a spoonful of TJ’s Flaxseed Almond Butter (solid ingredient list).
Oh, I lied. I did have one processed thing today!
Trust me, though, one of these guys was necessary. Maybe two. If you follow me on twitter, you know I was considering a second one. I didn’t, though. I was too nervous that it would be too much.
I think I do a lot better, in so many ways, when I focus on eating whole, unprocessed foods. I feel lighter, I have more energy, I avoid stomachaches, and I feel good about how I’m fueling my body.
I like to view the food I put into my body as fuel for what I will be doing. As in, would I rather be fueled at bootcamp with 100 calories of a 100-calorie pack of chocolate-covered pretzels with little-to-no nutritional value, or fruit/ vegetables/ nuts/ etc., which actually give me energy and strength?
I think you probably get my point.
What’s your view on whole vs. processed foods? What are your food philosophies?