2.2.21 Real Life, Real Consequences

Does it ever feel like us nutrition nuts have a perfect diet and always make the ideal choices? If you’re around me much, you’ll know that I don’t always practice perfect self control and nutrition wisdom! What you may not know is that I often pay for it. For me, all food consumption must be weighted on a scale of what the consequences will be.

Does that sound familiar to you? Is that the story of your life? It makes for a strange love/hate relationship with food. At least it has for me. I honestly still work through this all the time.

For instance, Sunday I worked @joebella_coffee and they have gluten free blueberry muffins. I know they are full of sugar but I have been wanting to try one of these muffins for a long time! I can only have a little bit of sugar at a time and I thought it would be more fun to wait until #datenight and get a @slodoco gluten free donut with Matthew. But tragedy struck and they were all out of #glutenfreedonuts ! I almost cried (no exaggeration). I had practiced self control all day, even days and weeks before this, keeping my diet low in sugar so that I could eventually have a treat without too much consequence. So we went to @grocery_outlet and I found some coconut milk ice cream! I thoroughly enjoyed every bite, but that night I woke up with my hand burning and itching with little puss bubbles oozing.

If you’ve been here, you know how frustrating and defeating this is. For me, with all my nutrition training and all the work I’ve done on myself, it makes me feel like a failure. I am SO very thankful for the progress I’ve made and the resilience I’ve built in the last few years, but I just want to be real with you all. My diet and choices are not perfect, and I pay for it.

I think one of the most powerful things we can do for our health journeys is to become more in tune with our bodies, our symptoms, our food, our mental space. And from here make decisions to nourish the whole person. With this mindset, I can embrace having enjoyed some ice cream, and I can know that the rash will subside. I can remind myself that my body is fearfully and wonderfully made and embrace the foods that help it work optimally. I can know that a setback today isn’t a failure forever.