I do my best to try to satisfy my cravings, within reason, to prevent feelings of negativity. I find that when I deny my body something that it wants, it isn’t always a good thing, as my body may want/crave it for a good reason. That reason may simply be that I want chocolate or that I am craving a burger because my body needs the iron in the bison or the beef. Whatever that reason is, I try to honor it.
I find it harder to do that during training for a marathon or half marathon. Reason is that there are things I “should” be eating during training in addition to those cravings. For instance, one Saturday I just wasn’t hungry, but knew that I should eat. I just wanted a bowl of cereal, but knew that wouldn’t provide the macronutrients that I needed to refuel & fuel my body for my next run. I compromised & had a small bowl of cereal for a snack & a more substantial dinner than I was planning on.
I try not to place limits on food or make rules regarding food. When I am told (or tell myself) not to eat something, it only makes me want to eat said food even more. Gluten is a good example. I didn’t really eat Pop-Tarts before, but take them away from me and I am suddenly wanting to buy a box.
If I want to mix foods together, I do. People may look at me funny, but it won’t be the first time and I am sure it won’t be the last. Check out my latest creation that I made last week:
I couldn’t decide what I wanted to eat and we had ham & mashed potatoes leftover, so I tossed my ham & mashed potatoes onto my salad! LOL! It ended up being really, really good! I also had some roasted beats, feta cheese and steamed green beans in the mix. I may even have this again sometime soon!
There are also those times that I must have chocolate for breakfast.