You know when you get to the end of a meal and you’re done eating, but you want to keep eating? Maybe you’re not still hungry. You’re just not satisfied. There’s a huge difference between being full and being satisfied.
“Do you know how many calories are in that?”
“That’s so bad for you!”
“I need to stay away from that!”
“That has so many calories!”
“That’s so much food!”
“That’s too many calories for me!”
“I’ve been eating like sh*t! I may as well eat this too!”
“I’m going to have to go workout after I eat this!”
“Keep those cookies away from me!”
You don’t have to earn your food. Diet culture likes to perpetuate the myth that you only deserve to eat if you put in the work to earn it, meaning you went to the gym or went for a run that day — or “torched” calories doing something strenuous.
This is so problematic. It has to stop. And here’s why.
What am I taking to Thanksgiving this year? The same things I take every year. Because I’m basic. And because Thanksgiving is about faithfully standing by tradition, without regard to what’s sane and rational. (I’m mostly talking about the yearly mass farming and slaughter of turkeys).
I said this last year and I’ll say it again: Don’t worry about weight gain this holiday season.
I’m working on some updates to this blog, but while those are rolling out, I couldn’t not chime in to whatever audience may stumble upon this.
The holidays are for family and friends and joy and good food, not for agonizing over how many calories are in your foods or beating yourself up for what was on your plate at dinner.
I recently had a conversation over lunch where I told someone it was ok to eat a bagel with cream cheese for breakfast.
I’m not a Registered Dietitian. I have no credentials. I’m just a human being who realizes that our bodies need food in order to function properly and that, as a result, eating food is an ok thing to do.
To help ease the shock, I explained the rationale of why it was ok to eat a bagel for breakfast. I said things like “It’s the morning, your body needs some calories and nutrition to get itself going,” and “Plain bagels really don’t have many calories. Most are under 300.” and “It’s ok to use cream cheese because it helps nutritionally round out your breakfast by adding some fat and protein.”
The entire table looked SO RELIEVED that someone, anyone, was speaking up and saying that it’s perfectly ok to eat a bagel.
Nutella-stuffed brown butter sea salt chocolate chip cookies. Let that sink in. The name is a mouthful, but so are these cookies. A cookie this wonderful deserves a nine word title.
If you need a dramatic show-stopper of cookie to impress friends, family, co-workers, in-laws or even people you don’t like – this is your cookie.
These cookies give “melt in your mouth” a new meaning. The way these cookies behave is unreal. At first bite, they break apart, and melt into your taste buds with waves chocolate, peanut butter and a touch of salt.
The dough comes together really quickly and baking them is super simple because they don’t rise or expand at all.
Let’s talk about lemon cookies. Being a chocoholic, few cookies come out of my kitchen that contain no chocolate. And by few I mean, I think I’ve only ever baked one cookie that didn’t have chocolate.
I’m still a chocoholic, but these soft and chewy lemon cookies have proven themselves worthy of being baked in my kitchen.
Full disclosure: I was the person who held up the Chipotle line. I know that this is a sin worthy of the lowest level of hell in the eyes of Chipotle enthusiasts. I’m sorry.
Why would I do such a terrible thing? Because I don’t usually eat at Chipotle and because I honestly couldn’t keep up with the pace of fast food.
In my defense, food just shouldn’t be so fast, right? What if instead of squeezing food into the day, we squeeze the rest of the day in around food?