Happy Monday, y’all! Today, I wanted to talk about balancing food cravings. Finding a good food balance is something that has taken me a while, but I feel like I’m in a place now where I have a healthy relationship with food and can enjoy ALL kinds of food, guilt-free.
Take Sunday night, for example. I enjoyed a giant salad with lettuce, grilled chicken, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, and purple onion…
…and followed it up with a cheesecake date with my roommate. While I was out grocery shopping this weekend, I picked up cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory (my favorite restaurant ever) for us since I had 2 free coupons leftover from Christmas that expired that day (nothing like waiting till the last minute!). Shannon requested the Reese’s cheesecake and I had the chocolate chip cookie dough one. It’s what dreams are made of.
It got me thinking about how much my relationship with food has changed over the past few years. A couple years ago, I would’ve never imagined letting myself indulge in a piece of cheesecake. I had very specific rules about eating, which included setting certain high-calorie or high-sugar foods as “off limits” in order to be as healthy as possible. I didn’t try new desserts for fear that I’d enjoy them and start to crave them. And I definitely wouldn’t have indulged on a rest day.But guess what? Food is so fun to me, and restricting food… isn’t fun. I LOVE food, and I love ALL kinds of food. I get excited about salads. I’m giddy over cheesecake. I crave roasted veggies and steamed broccoli on a regular basis. I eat ice cream pretty often.
I’ve realized that cravings aren’t a bad thing. I think we tend to associate cravings with heavy or unhealthy foods, but when we listen to our bodies, we can see that we actually crave all kinds of foods! Mine include things like salads, chocolate cake, oatmeal, grilled chicken, roasted veggies, Dairy Queen blizzards, crisp apples, lasagna, fresh berries, green smoothies, roasted cauliflower (the most popular recipe on my blog, so I guess other people love it, too!), and cheesecake.
Listening to my body’s cravings makes me happy and makes me feel satisfied. Lots of times, my body will crave carrots & hummus for a snack…
…and other times, it’ll crave a handful of dark chocolate sea salt almonds…
I’ve stopped categorizing foods as “good” and “bad.” If anything, I’ve naturally started thinking of foods as “sometimes” foods and “always” foods. I definitely eat a lot more salads (an “always” food) than slices of cheesecake (a “sometimes” food) but nothing’s off-limits. Food is delicious, and I want to enjoy it to the fullest, while still living a healthy lifestyle! For me, it all comes down to balancing food cravings and getting a mix of foods that I enjoy.
Questions for you:
What foods do you typically crave? How do you balance your food cravings?
Cheesecake fan: yes or no? Favorite cheesecake flavor?