I am declaring a new Shed holiday: F*ck Calories Fridays!
I know everyone just got a halfise because that sounds really, really amazing. And it is! But before you run for a third slice of pizza, read on…
What does this holiday mean to me? It does not mean “binge like an innmate on McDonald’s.” It doesn’t even mean “cheat day.”
F*ck Calories Fridays means two things:
- All (relatively) healthy foods, but no measuring portions or counting calories.
- Eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full.
Lately, I’ve been watching my calories and measuring my portions. I don’t want to go overboard on almond butter and eat way too much chicken on my salad or whatever the case may be. And that’s good for me most of the time. But then there are days when I just wake up and say, “Good morning, delicious food! Today…I am going to eat the shit out of you!”
Today was one of those days. So I embraced it and declared it a holiday.
We’re always hearing that mindful eating is the best way to eat, and I absolutely believe this. I am, however, not great at it. And I realized…well, I need to practice it! And while measuring portions is a great idea, it also still doesn’t tackle the whole idea of stopping when you’re full. I tend to eat every last bite of my perfect portions, you know?
So I figured the best way to practice this is with healthy foods. Like, if I take in an extra 200 calories, they might as well be from almonds and pineapple, because at least we know I’m going to get some good vitamins and minerals and other shizz along with it!
But the thing is, I just ate lunch, and I’m not even so sure I am taking in extra calories. I have an apple sitting here, but I didn’t eat it, probably because I let myself have a few extra Food Should Taste Good Tortilla Chips. (I finally tracked down the “Everything” flavor…they are pretty much mindblowing.) I’m full! So I’m done eating, even though I left some of my wrap on my plate.
I’m not really into “cheat days” because I think they can lead to binging, but I really like this. It’s a good one to put into practice when you hit the Whole Foods hot bar and everything looks sooo good. It’s not one to put into practice when you’re going to a place with deep fried everything everywhere. That’s more of a “cheat day” I suppose. This is about indulging with healthy foods. If you want to maintain or lose weight, you can’t overeat healthy foods every day…but if you want to eat like a normal person in the real world, at some point, ya gotta tune into hunger clues. And practice makes perfect!
Who else would like to observe the holiday?