Food for Thought

Food is so much more than what we put into our mouths. And sometimes I come across various articles and things that help explain the More of it. I love these things I find so much that I want to share them with you, but I'm not sure how. So now I've got my Food for Thought page! I hope you will enjoy the little tidbits I find to add to this growing list:

  1. 5 Habits That Will Change Your Relationship with Food Forever. If you know me personally, you know that I'm really into yoga. It's a major part of who I am, and I incorporate many yoga practices and philosophies into my everyday life. Whether you are on board with that or not, this article lists five FANTASTIC habits that we all should be using when it comes to eating food, thinking about food, and preparing food.
  2. 8 Meal Planning Pointers. One of the best, and simplest, articles I've seen regarding meal planning. I actually do most of these, which I realized when I found this post only a few months ago.
  3. 1200 Calories. I am so worked up over this article I'm not sure I can quite put into words how fabulous it is. At one point I counted calories, somehow thinking that this was the key to being a "healthy thin" and of course being "thin" was the same as being healthy (is my sarcasm dripping enough here?). However it didn't take long for me to realize that I was obsessing over those stupid numbers, which was stressing me out, and therefore not losing weight, and food was once again becoming my enemy. Thankfully I stopped that mindset and now, when my 2 year-old gives me the time to read nutrition labels, I look at the ingredients and not the calorie count. Because I'd rather eat more calories of good, whole foods than less calories of a synthetic something-or-other that's supposed to taste like food but really is closer to cardboard.
  4. "You look how you look. Be comfortable. What are you going to do? Be hungry every single day to make other people happy? That's just dumb." ~Jennifer Lawrence. I know this isn't an article but I absolutely love, love, LOVE this statement. I still haven't gone back to my pre-Kieran weight. When I tried a few months ago to lose that final 10lbs, I realized I was hungry everyday. Every. Day. I don't want to live like that again. I'd rather buy a really cute and sexy pair of jeans in one size larger, which ironically makes me feel two sizes smaller, than ignore the roaring in my stomach because Society says Being Their Definition of Thin = Being Healthy.
  5. The Questionable Link Between Saturated Fat and Heart Disease. The fun thing about genetics is that there are some things you're going to have to deal with no matter what you do. For me, that is heart disease. So of course my curiosity was peaked by this article, and reading it just has me all kinds of fired up now. Just where did heart disease come from and what exactly caused it? I do believe it has to do with our diet, but NOT what "experts" have been telling us for decades. A couple years ago, I made the decision to remove hydrogenated oils from my family's diet. It's been a slow process, but a good one. After reading this article, I am going to renew my efforts to deal with replacing those last foods in my pantry to get those poisons out of my house. After that, I'll set a new dietary goal for us. Who knows? Maybe I'll be the first woman in my family to delay a heart disease diagnosis until my 60's, 70's, or even (dare I say it?!) not at all!!
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