Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Eating healthier foods on a more regular basis has done quite a lot for me, but one of the many things it has changed is my mood. I've talked about how I eat in relation to my mood, but what I eat also influences my mood. It's a strange symbiotic relationship, I guess you could say.
When I drank two vanilla lattes, ate out at lunch, and picked up dinner at a fast food joint, augmenting my hunger pangs with candy bars from Walgreens, I found myself more lethargic, more sedentary, more "droopy". I didn't want to do anything. I didn't have the energy to do anything. I felt slobby and lazy and just all around blecky. And after meals (particularly lunch), I can remember the slow crawl, the post lunch naptime I'd always want to take.
I eat meals about every 2 - 3 hours, so I don't usually get REALLY hungry (unless I don't drink enough water). When I do eat, I feel refreshed. I don't eat as much (portion-size wise) or as bad of food as I used to, so I don't have that lethargy after lunch. Nor do I feel lazy and droopy.
Eating good food puts me in a good mood. Before, I'd eat ice cream and feel bad. I'd make up reasons not to feel bad ("You didn't eat the most fattening ice cream!" or "You didn't eat the whole carton!"), but the fact was: I shouldn't have eaten so much or any of that food item. My meals are now more appropriately proportioned, so I don't have that same panic, that same hurriedly justifying what I ate. I *KNOW* what I ate is good - and my body responds appropriately.
There are times when I do want to go back and have a slice of cake or eat some ice cream. But all I need to do is picture, not how those foods will feel so good NOW, but to picture how those foods will make me feel good AFTER they are gone. And then I find I don't REALLY want those foods after all :)