Tuesday, November 06, 2012
I'm slowly working my way through It Starts With Food, the book that outlines the Whole30 more thoroughly, and I'm learning a lot.
The guidelines aren't just about eating or not eating certain foods, they're also about how we approach food in general. The three meals we eat each day should be consumed at a table, in the company of loved ones, without TV or phones or computers to distract. Fortunately, my husband and I had already decided this was important, so we do it as much as possible. We almost always sit down together at our tiny dining table and eat our dinner together. We usually don't talk much (we're still pretty good at just wolfing it down), but at least dinner is a little bit sacred.
Breakfast isn't quite as formal, but I do manage to convince my husband to drink his morning coffee with me while I eat breakfast in the kitchen. In both cases, it wasn't about trying to make the meal special, it was about having two definitive carved-out periods during the day where we really were just together. It was something our parents and grandparents did, so it had to have merit, right?
I eat lunch in the lounge at lunchtime, and honestly, I'm always disappointed when there isn't someone there to talk to and kind of share lunch with.
So that aspect of Whole30 eating is something I'm already down with. The one that threw me off was psychological attachments to food. Their idea is to create a healthy relationship with food, so if you're really stuck on having dessert after dinner, instead of eating a Whole30 approved dessert or even a piece of fruit, you're better off eating nothing and destroying the notion that you have to eat dessert after dinner.
Well, there goes my banana-avocado puddings. I guess it's a good thing, though, because I'm running out of avocado and need to get through my breakfasts this week. Avocado in my omelette is way more important than in my pudding.
The book also talks about certain foods creating cravings that lead to overconsumption. Bacon is one that they talk about. Unfortunately, as soon as I read that, my first thought was "Sunbutter!" Oh, the devil. I know Sunbutter is a great Whole30 food, but every time I buy it, I get through a few days of control, and then I eat the whole jar. Without fail. I got an attachment to it as a comfort food going through boot camp, and now I'm still attached.
Now, in addition to not eating nuts, I'm going to just cut out all nuts, seeds, and related butters. I already know that I have an extremely hard time having a small portion of nuts without eating the whole bag, and now I have come to realize my psychological dependency.
The last of the Sunbutter, a honeycrisp apple, and I had a beautiful farewell-until-we-meet-again date tonight. And that's the end of that, at least until I can return to the relationship with a clearer head on my shoulders.
So long, Sunbutter. It's been lovely.