It’s funny how sometimes we don’t realize there was something a bit “off” about a situation until we’re looking back on it. I was reflecting on one such situation recently and thought I’d share because I have a funny feeling that it’s something quite a few of us can relate to.
banana oatmeal muffin with Sunbutter // over-easy egg // thawed frozen mango // milk
I’m not sure when it happened exactly, but at some point I managed to get it in my head that bedtime snacking was the devil. I had heard so many times that eating close to bed was tied to weight gain and so I made it my mission to not fall into the trap. Can’t fool me.
Love taking a moment to read for pleasure as I eat my meals.
And I must say, I was pretty darn good at sticking to my plan. I found myself going to bed hungry and congratulating myself for it. “Another night without those sneaky evening calories – you go girl!”
butternut squash chili // toast with butter and tam // bread with cheese
(couldn’t decide which toast topping I wanted so I went with the “both” option ha)
But I am oh so thankful that for whatever reason, I felt myself slowly beginning to question my own logic. Some nights I was eating dinner early and going to bed many hours later. My body was hungry, AKA not-so-subtly saying “I need food”. And yet I was getting such satisfaction out of my “ability” to ignore it.
can’t finish lunch without a sweet note
It was sort of like I had created this little game in which no snack was a win. And by consequence, having one was a failure. And in hindsight I want to sit myself down and say “Um lady, THAT IS NOT HEALTHY”.
Afternoon Snacks in Class: grapes // veggies and hummus
Now I want to make clear that if evening snacking isn’t your thing, that is more than okay and I would never assume that it means you have a negative relationship with food. Maybe you find that you don’t sleep as well with food in your stomach or you’re wanting to lose some weight for the sake of your health and cutting back on evening consumption a bit is working for you. You know your own situation.
And maybe you’re thinking “why is this girl making such a big deal about something so trivial?!”
Following my own blog recipe since I have the memory of a gold fish and couldn’t remember any of the measurements.
But in my case, I started recognizing that I had almost started fearing the evening snack. And guys, I’ve still got a lot to learn about food before I’m done my degree; but if there’s one thing I’m sure of, it’s that food shouldn’t be feared.
banana with almond butter and coconut // milk
So I suppose I just want to encourage you to take a moment today to reflect on your mindset about your food choices and factors that may be influencing them. I promise that your body has a lot more insight to offer than tabloids with big flashy headings claiming that eating before bed is going to make you fat. Your appetite doesn’t follow a schedule and there is absolutely no shame in being hungry, even in times when you don’t think you “should” be. And more importantly, there is no shame in EATING at those times.
And on that note, it’s 10 PM and I’m off for a little bite to eat.
I hope your Wednesday is wonderful and full of little things that make you happy!