Your Body Doesn’t Want Calories : and Other Non-sense Ideas

Your Body Doesn’t Want Calories : and Other Non-sense Ideas

Fitness motivation.

Healthy lifestyle quotes.

Nutrition advice.

Via meme.

I don’t mind it at all actually. In an age where scrolling quickly past hundreds and hundreds of photos is in, and interest in reading long winded blog posts is dwindling (that was painful to type), creating a quick meme to get a point across in a way others will soak it in is nice! The problem is that soooo many of them make me shake my head. Every. Single. Time I see them…. and I’m no saint, even I have used some silly ones before. How I personally feel about things is aalllwaaays important though, so I’m going to go ahead and share them (my thoughts I mean) with you, in sort of a de-bunking style post today!

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Lets start with this guy. I have actually talked about this one briefly before (for different reasons) in my How to Insure Failure post, and that is the whole idea of “Go Big or Go Home!”

I’m not even sure I reeaally need to explain why this one is so silly. Probably the silly-est, and though I may be fond of silliness (Friends reference anyone?), this one has my eyes rolling in full force when I see it STILL floating around.

Where did this feeling that we all need to be fitness models or body builders right out the gate come from? Why do we feel like we MUST BE EXTREME or there is just no point? Can I tell you honestly, I can not even count the amount of times when I have talked myself out of a workout because I felt like I couldn’t commit to an “insane” one. at. that. moment. (you know? “Train insane, or remain the same.”?)

How many times could I have still got a small 10-15 minute workout in, if I hadn’t let myself believe that there was no point in an only 10-15 minute workout?

This is exactly what causes the “Might as well just not do it” attitude.

IMO.

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Alright now this ones an oldy… Ok the last one has been around for a while too, but I remember seeing this one back when I first started my own health journey, and I think I had even shared it then as well!

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No wonder so many fail, or don’t even bother trying, if we are spreading the word that good food should be slow, expensive and hard.

The reality is that healthy can be all of those things! “Fake” being the least of them, I’ll give it that. Healthy can certainly be easy, cheap and fast, and to assume other wise could be exactly why some struggle with incorporating healthy choices to their diet.

How easy is it to cut up some veggies to snack on, or slice (or peel even) an orange? How cheap is a bundle of bananas, a bit of celery, bag of rice, can of beans or a sack of potatoes? How fast is it to grab an apple, a handful of trail mix or granola, or *gasp* all three, when you’re in a rush to run out the door?

Obviously these are just SOME examples, but the point is, you just go ahead and be fast cheap and easy baby, go for it.

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Alright these next two are ones where I SEE the point they are trying to make, yet still something about them makes me say “Oh man” every time I scroll past one. The first one being this guy!

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I get it. Our bodies want real nutrients not empty calories, like a chocolate bar or… unfortunately for me… a whole entire bag of potato chips…………. what?

But to say that your body doesn’t want calories?

Yes. Yes it does. Please feed your body calories. Calories = Energy.

It sure would appreciate nutrients ALONG with those calories but do not be fooled. If you are starving do not just eat a handful of cucumbers and tell yourself that’s enough. Feeeeed yourself.

A vitamin water, for example, is *cough* “full” of nutrients in the form of vitamins (and sometimes minerals), it also is devoid of calories. So by the standards of this here quote, it should be just what your body is asking for! But it is not. You will most definitely, and understandably, still be hungry.

I’m gonna need you to go ahead and squuueeeeze the word “empty” between “not” and “calories”, that’d be great (Office Space reference anyone?).

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AND LASTLY.

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Ok so this one is suuuper nit-picky, I know, but every time I see it, it just makes me think. So I wanted to share my thoughts. I told you, my thoughts are important.

Food is for fuel, yes… And for health…

And for fun. And for relaxing. And for enjoyment. Food makes memories, and brings culture and creates moods. Food is life and love and pleasure.

We feed ourselves to live, for our bodies to thrive, to be healthy, to invest in our future health… but it also creates joy in this life we work so hard to be healthy in.

So learn to eat healthy. Learn to nourish your body with nutrient dense CALORIES. Learn to make good food choices. Learn how good food can be indulgent food as well as healthful. Learn that eating well doesn’t mean starving yourself or eating blandly or strictly.

Eat for your body, for your health AND for your soul.

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Gotta-Have-Groceries Pt.3 – Cupboard Goodies

Gotta-Have-Groceries Pt.3 – Cupboard Goodies

Another Gotta-Have-Groceries right out the “back-at-it” gate!

This one is taking a turn in the spice cupboard… er…. slash baking cupboard slash stuff-I-put-on-stuff cupboard?

I’ve been thinking about this one for a while now actually. My cupboard is full (and I mean full) of spices, toppings, baking supplies, extra things as far as the eyes can see. I tried to narrow it down to the guys I find myself grabbing for the very most.

Lets start with the most obvious one today shall we?

IMG_20180126_091834_246.jpgGarlic powder! Not to be confused with garlic salt. This one, I feel, is probably on everyone’s gotta-have-groceries list, but I just couldn’t pass it by and not include it. This literally gets used every day… OK maybe not literally, but darn near close. There is not much I cook without garlic. Whether fresh or dehydrated, garlic is a staple (and lets face it, real life dictates not always having the time and energy to always use fresh garlic). My favorites are to add it, along with a little salt, to my boiled water when making rice, or quinoa or cous cous, or any other kind of grain. I, of course, put it in nearly all soups I ever make, add it to tamari (soy sauce) along with a little coconut sugar to make a delicious marinade, and I really enjoy adding it to some eggless mayonnaise (though you could go with whatever you have) and a little sriracha sauce to make a really quick spicy garlic aioli!

IMG_20180126_091654_466.jpgNext up is chili flakes! Though I might use this a little less than I use the garlic powder, these wonderful spicy little babies I use a lot, particularly as a topping. My favorite things to use chili flakes on are avocado toast with a little salt, on a salad with a little olive oil, white wine vinegar, and salt & pepper as a really simple dressing, and I basically add it to any pasta dish I might make!

IMG_20180126_091255_023.jpgFrom there I picked up my garlic & herb Mrs. Dash. Maybe I should have made her first. I put this sh…tuff… on everything. Basically I use this as my go to flavoring, I add it to my tofu, use it as a seasoning on my potato wedges, add it to my soups or when I make pasta sauce. I also use this on my salads with the same blend of olive oil and vinegar as mentioned above. I add it as a topping with a little salt to my baked or mashed potatoes, add it to my bread crumbs when making bread-crumb-crusted-anythings. Just really can use this for whatever you’d like. The best part is that it is a no-salt-added product as well, so you can control your own sodium content. There are also other flavors, and I just recently picked up the southwestern style seasoning flavor. I just always find myself buying (and going through tons of) this one!

IMG_20180126_091409_802.jpgAlright, these guys! Roasted black sesame seeds! Now I don’t use these as much as I use the other guys, but I still have my specific uses for them that I eat often enough that I HAVE to have these in the house. As of late these are my current favorite, aside from the chili flakes, to add to my avocado toast. I add them to my tofu when I marinade it with the garlicy-tamari-ey marinade I mentioned above. I use them as a salad topping, and sprinkle them on top of my salad wraps, and almost every time I do any kind of rice noodle bowl at my house you will find these guys in there!

IMG_20180126_091950_966.jpgAnd last but not least I had to add this into the mix. I use this probably the least often, but again there are just certain things I use this for that requires me to always need it hanging out in my cupboard. My biggest use for coconut sugar is adding it to that marinade I mentioned above, and sprinkling it on some toast with a little bit of cinnamon. It also happens to be my secret-not-so-secret ingredient when doing basically any kind of bean salad to which I add vinegar. We also added a tiny bit of this to a spicy cayenne mixture that we used for tossing our home made potato wedges in, and it was pretty fantastic if I do say so myself. Basically anything you can think of that you would use regular white sugar for you could use coconut sugar for, AND it has a lower glycemic level if that is something that interests you!

As a side note however, sugar is sugar is sugar, so if you are not particularly concerned about it’s glycemic level and you are using it for mass amounts of baking than this may not be your wallets best friend. Having said that if you use your sugar like I use mine, minimally and only for a select few dishes than you may really enjoy having this in your cupboard!

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Well that’s all folks! I feel like I could do 10 more of these ones, I found it hard to narrow it down, but if you had to choose just a handful of spices or toppings from your cupboard what would you choose? Also what other gotta-have-grocery themes should I do? If you have any ideas for me, send them my way!