Wednesday has arrived, folks.
Another Wednesday, another day of eats, another grocery shopping trip. Wednesday is my weekly grocery shopping day (I’m sure you were dying to know). I appreciate the middle of a week. It just feels right. But during the summer, most days feel right. Summer life as a student, stepping onto the brink of adulthood, isn’t too shabby. As long as I avoid overthinking what life will look like when adulthood hits like a train, all is well. While we’re on the topic, does adulthood BOOM, CRASH, HIT, or is it a more subtle, slow progression…just curious.
When I document my meals for these posts, I try to make them look pretty and cohesive, and these photographic food journals force me to be mindful when I prepare and eat my food. I usually don’t worry about what other people think about my food. What I Ate Wednesday isn’t about comparison or judgement; it’s about sharing ideas for good food with good friends.
One day of food isn’t reflective of a whole week, or an entire month, of eating. This is a reasonable, healthy day of food for me. Thankfully I have access to nutritious food the majority of the time. But there are also days when I don’t enjoy the balance and variety that I did today. And that’s okay.
There are days when…
veggies don’t happen.
waaay too much processed sugar does happen.
I don’t eat to the point of satiation.
I eat past the point of satiation.
a fiber baby visits.
Eating healthfully does not mean we religiously follow every diet tip in Women’s Health or Shape magazine. It doesn’t mean we always feel like a healthy unicorn goddess. And unfortunately, it can’t spare us from ever feeling constipated or. . .you know, the opposite of constipated. It doesn’t magically prevent us from eating burritos until we feel nauseous or promise that we’ll remember to grab a hearty breakfast before we leave for work.
But it does require a little bit of effort and consistency. Not perfection, just consistency. Every day won’t be exactly the way we want it to be in regards to what we eat and how we eat it. That’s not an excuse to forgo all efforts to take of yourself and nourish your body, but it is a comforting reminder that eating well, like every other aspect of our lives, will not be a perfect exercise. That should feel freeing.
Our bodies smarter than we think. They adjust aptly to changing situations, stressors, emotions, and most definitely to the different foods we eat every day. They are flexible and resilient.
So if in hindsight, you look back on a day and think “yikes that didn’t go so well,” don’t immediately feel guilty or frantically search the interwebs for marathon training plans and detox tips (major eww to the latter). I get it. I’ve been there, but I’ll tell you a secret.
It doesn’t work.
Overeating/crappy eats ⇒ Guilt ⇒ Restriction ⇒ Overeating/another crappy day
It’s a cycle. The best thing we can do, for our health and sanity, is acknowledge the days when we don’t eat the foods we need (depending on the day that could mean veggies or cake) and then give ourselves grace.
So tell me…
Have you ever been caught in that cycle?
What’s something awesome you ate this week?