Can't a girl eat to be healthy anymore??
Nowadays with my propensity towards healthy eating, when I opt out of the Oreos or order the side of steamed vegetables, I am continuously dealing with comments from others: “Too many calories for you?” “Did you already meet your calorie quota for the day?” and, my personal favorite, variations on comments as if I'm not really there, “It's too fattening for her to eat” said turning to another person in the vicinity...
Don't judge a person by their plate. And there's nothing wrong with watching what one eats. We all should! I find that those that judge the most are the ones struggling internally the most. So I try and be gentle ...usually.
But, eating doesn't always have to be about losing or gaining weight. Eating, for me, is about feeling good and nourishing my body. Sure, I deal with my fair share of weight and body issues, Lord knows! But I've come a long way and, now, food for me is about being well. I ask a lot out of this 5'2 frame. I want to feed it so that it works at peak performance. I know what it feels like to have my body quit on me. So it's not worth it to me to treat my mouth like a trash bin in Times Square.
Focusing on foods that are good and nutritious is the easiest way to stop the calorie madness. Fill your diet with whole foods. Pack it full of colorful vegetables and lean proteins. Add in some fruit and some healthy fats. Keep things spicy with seasonings and a few condiments. Don't think about the engineered palate-pleasers you're limiting. Think about the natural deliciousness you can eat in abundance.
I'm not saying that watching calories is useless. If you're just starting a weight loss regimen or making the lifestyle switch to healthy eating, counting your calories can be an eye opening experience. Realizing portion sizes is paramount in leading a healthy life. And you will be blown away when you first start keeping an eye out. (one small package of sugary crap is 3 servings?? What?!...surprise!)
I used to be an obsessive calorie counter. It worked for me, for a time. And, sure, every now and again if I feel things getting a little nuts in my eating (after a vacation for example) I may ballpark my numbers for a few days.
But now that I'm eating for health and not weight, I'm a much happier person. It allows me flexibility and every now and again, when I do go cray and eat the nachos or the pizza or the cupcake...I enjoy the sh*t out of it. I don't beat myself up because I'm 200 calories over my limit. I know that tomorrow, I'll start my day with a Lemon Water and a Green Smoothie (which happens to be one of my favorite meals) and I'll feed my body out of love, not out of hate.
So stop hatin'!