Thursday, March 14, 2013

Learn Much?

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We're on a six-week path to eat more whole foods, guided by one simple rule: Buy foods with six ingredients or fewer. And we're blogging about our journey on the way.

This week we're answering the question: What are you learning about your body through this challenge? Your family's rhythms and routines? Your feelings about food?

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Wellll, I'm having a hard time learning much because I'm dealing with sleep deprivation due to medical issues. Spencer has severe restlessness associated with his thyroid. I have noted, however, that when we're run down and not at our best - those are the times when we're that much more likely to grab convenience and comfort foods. We're too tired to take proper care of ourselves. Comfort foods make us feel better... in the moment.

I know I'd feel so much better if I ate real food (a term we used in our household when I was a kid - it meant non-sweets). And yet... on a particularly bad day I found myself having Boston Cream Cake for breakfast. Then I had another slice for a snack. I later had a slice of cheesecake. This is not a healthy diet!

I managed to cook breakfast and dinner today and not only do I feel better, I feel accomplished! I prefer to eat meals I've cooked myself, when I can muster the energy and brain power to do so.

How do you resist the urge to indulge when you're running on empty? Or do you cave, too?


  1. That's a tough one. I'm a firm believer in comfort foods and emotional eating — in other words, I think it's totally valid to use something as basic and available (and legal!) as food to help you through hard times emotionally. That said, I totally agree that too much junking it up and it just makes things worse. Sometimes I'll try to think of indulgences that sound decadent to me that are actually quite healthful — like desserts I make myself with minimal sweeteners, or a heaping taco salad, or something like that.

    1. I certainly love comfort food and did find at least one relatively healthy dish to make in the last week (twice! + an extra time as leftovers). It was Cheese Goo... recipe to follow some time in the near future.

      But yeah, I've certainly seen in the past how my body does not do well if I try to live off of caffeine and sugar (and I don't do caffeine anymore).

      Mac 'n Cheese and Mashed Potatoes are certainly "comfort foods" in my book! An actual GOOD one is my family's Tuna Casserole. But we also ate pizza a couple of times and just have not been eating well. I cooked a full dinner tonight with chicken, pasta and veggies and it was SO wonderful to eat real food!

  2. P.S. I hope you get more sleep soon!!

    1. Thank you! We're still checking into options while we continue to trial melatonin to see if it will, at some point, actually help. I'm beginning to have my doubts, but its habit enough by now we're still trying.


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