Sunday, May 8, 2016

Can I eat for nutrients?

Here is that ages old question of food, that I and others have frequently asked ourselves. The question is, if I eat intuitively, will I get all the nutrients I need in one day? Is it possible that my body is not asking for all the nutrients it needs, but instead, the food that it requires? What if what my body needs, doesn't completely have to do with what it is intuitively bugging me to consume? What then, say you? What now? WHY ME??

Well of course I don't actually feel that last sentiment, but sometimes I am definitely tempted to ask myself a few questions that beg understanding. Let's face it. I don't always want to eat for the healthier side of the way I choose to live my life. I at times battle with my body's hunger, And what message that may be sending. 

I know that for one thing, I have been spending a lot of time honoring what seems to be my body crying for vitamins. I haven't given my body vitamins in such a long time, that I'm not even sure it recognizes them. However, seeing as my body feels and looks quite a bit younger and fitter, I am making vitamin mineral electrolyte consumption part of my fitness routine once again. I have done green drinks, I've been vegetarian, carnivorous bullet proof primal Paleo citizen whackadoodle of planet earth, but still I nutritionally rise. I began using herbs as a simple energetic fix, to fill in nutritional gaps.but at some point most recently, my body said to give it some vitamins and stop messing around.

There are some philosophies that I have studied, that says hunger is not real. Then some studies will tell a person to actually feed the hunger because it means that your metabolism is dropping below the realm of desired metabolic acceleration. So could that actually be how my mind is fashioned, as to whether either statement could be true for me or not? Or is it not nearly as philosophical as this? Could it really be physiological, how the body gets hungry and is telling you actually to eat? Or could it be that the body is telling you it is about to lose weight, and then proceeds to do so? Is there an easy way to lose weight? What I mean is, do you mean I really don't have to starve? Or is there still some form of extremism involved in pushing the body to lose weight?

What else is possible?

The best suggestions I have been given so far, is to truly honor whatever the body wants to eat, learn the difference between the mind and the body and know that both speak… And to only listen to and act on the body message. Honor and listen to the mind, but acting on it is not always the quickest approach to the expected outcome. 

Oh yeah and...stop expecting anything, and you'll always be surprised when something wonderful happens to your body.

Doing it Different.

I'm doing it Different, with a capital D. And this D stands for me. Truly. Everything unseen, is showing up in this moment. And all I'm doing is letting my body tell me what it sees.

This morning for breakfast was a spoonful of protein enriched peanut butter, called P28. Apple crisp flavor equals a deliciousness that transcends reality. It contains whey protein, a touch of granola and apple pieces, cinnamon and vanilla. Any craving for peanut butter or decadent food is cared for in this meal. 

After which, I took an electrolyte drink. I prepared a lime and electrolyte drink for the gym. Lifted for 30 minutes and got on the recumbent bike for 30 minutes and I'm so glad I did that, because I sweat out the bacon jerky I consumed at 1a. The only thing is, I consumed more post- workout! A whole package of bacon jalapeƱo jerky and maple bacon: GONE. it's the X-Files of missing!

 About 300 calories and 40g of protein later, I got up to my mom's house and ate slices of beef roast and a vegetable mixture. Then, I suddenly got struck by a cookie dough cake pop and the next thing you know, it was done. Then two. Then my consciousness took a walk...

Why oh why must my mind struggle with this?? And then that's when it hit me: it's not your mind you need to struggle with. It's your body that you need to talk to,and all will clarify with ease. Simply put, the body does not care what the mind wants. I might want a taco salad, but my body said lobster. Or body said tea and I drink coffee. The body is just going to keep asking until it gets its request.