Dear Kitchen Family,
Can we talk about food for a second?
This morning I woke up craving toast. Not avocado toast, not sweet potato toast (yes, that's a thing), just good ol' fashioned toast. You know, the crispy kind, with butter on it. Of course my initial reaction was to deny myself because that's what society and the health food industry has taught me to do. Carbs are bad...butter is bad...you will get fat. But this is why we really need to educate ourselves about food. Now I am no expert. I am not a nutritionist. Heck, I'm not even skinny, but I can tell you that while on this journey to health I have learned this. A calorie is a calorie. Fat is fat. It's the kinds of calories and fats that you eat that are important.
For example, for breakfast I made scrambled eggs and one piece of toast. My eggs are farm fresh, pasture fed eggs. The chickens live and eat the way God intended them to, which leads to eggs with all sorts of nutritional goodness for me. My bread was a 7 whole grain bread, high in fiber, low in sugar. I used a little Kerrygold Butter, which is one of the best butters you can buy, and I had a banana because my muscles are hurting from a good workout yesterday. There is nothing wrong with this meal. My portions are not out of control. My bread is not a high sugar, white, starchy, bread, that will break down to nothing, but fat in my stomach. And the butter (which is REAL butter, not margarine) is not dripping down my arm and into my arteries. This was just a well balanced meal, and my body and soul was satisfied after eating it.
Now most mornings I have avocado toast with egg or an acai bowl, but when my body craves something, like it did this morning, I follow that craving. I feel like when you get all the junk out of your diet you can start trusting your body to tell you what it needs. On mornings when it tells me it needs eggs and toast that's what I eat, responsibly, and to the benefit of my health. Don't be afraid of food. Learn what food can do for your body and enjoy it. Fill yourself with delicious leafy greens, lean proteins, complex carbohydrates, and low glycemic fruits and make sure to balance that out with exercise in whatever way for works best for you.
I know this is a little bit different of a post for me to write, but I just want to encourage this morning. Food is not the enemy. I hope y'all have a blessed day.
And as always...
Happy Reading, Happy Eating, and Happy Living,
~The Kitchen Wife~