Managing qualities [and quantities]

[First things first: I hope I haven’t seemed like I thought of myself as an awesome perso, better than others or a permanent know-it-all in my last posts. Far from it, really! I’m so sorry if it did seem like that! There are so many awesome bloggers and blog readers out there that I would never want to insult anybody!]

Honestly, I’m suprised nobody has hired me as a manager yet. Well, looking at the mess I’m calling my room it might not be so much of a surprise anymore but … ahem … I digress.

These days, everybody seems to be “managing” their diet. Sorry, I can’t eat this, I already had too many carbs today. Oh, you know, I’m trying to up my protein intake …

 If I could have these Peanut Butter Chocolate Lava Cakes every day, upping my protein intake would be easy.

Wait, everybody is ? I’ve never heard people on the street, in restaurants or elsewhere talk about micromanaging their nutrients. If my mum’s hungry she grabs  a slice of whole-wheat bread with butter and cheese without second thought. My friends have no problem chowing down lunch of white pasta with greasy meat or veggie sauce at the university’s cafeteria and follow it up with a sugary dessert. Then why do I have such a hard time? Why can’t I “just eat”?

Cheesy, carb-filled deliciousness from back when I wasn’t overanalyzing yet. It’ll be on the menu again … soon.

Don’t get me wrong. It can be helpful to have a rough idea of whether you’re getting enough nutrients in. Eating one of the nutrients in mass quantities while missing out on the others would be wrong. It’s obsessing about the “perfect” balance or cutting out or decreasing certain nutrients – namely carbs and fat – to a minimum. That’s just not healthy anymore. Food should be seen as, well, food – not as “carbs”.

Homemade frozen (soy) yoghurt. Amount of carbs, quantity of fat? I wouldn’t be able to tell you. Delightful? Absolutely!

I won’t lie and say I had it all down and was doing just fine. Noticing I ate huge amounts of carbs during a day makes me feel guilty. It’s ironic how I blame myself for not doing recovery the “right way”. Telling myself I could only get completely healthy if hitting the perfect balance of protein, carbs and fat. Some days I can convince myself of not having to care as of now, some days I fail.

Sorry, I can’t help myself but post pictures of nature .. Fall can be so beautiful.

Please don’t think I wanted to blame anybody for trying to hit certain nutrient goals. Bodybuilders, for example, have a reason to look for their protein intake. I just think people like me who do no weight training and even have to gain weight, shouldn’t care such a lot.

Oh, also: Do me and yourself a favour and don’t hire me as a manager. For further information why just ask my math teachers … or don’t :D.

Do you tend to over-analyze your diet? Do you strive for a certain balance of macronutrients? If so, why? I’d love to hear your opinion!

 

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6 thoughts on “Managing qualities [and quantities]

  1. aimeelouise says:

    I must confess that I am guilty of over-analyzing my diet. I think that blog-reading has a lot to do with that, as I am very influenced by what other people are eating/doing. I used to strive for the perfect balance at each meal, but that just left me feeling depressed and run down. Now, I focus on giving my body what I think it wants, and if that means chocolate or ice-cream, who am I to say no? I think it’s about realising what works for you, and what might work for someone else may no necessarily be the right choice for you. It takes a long time, but I think I am on my way!

    • letsgetupandlive says:

      That’s true. I, too, find that blogs influence the way I see food. I can tell the pros and cons of this. It’s positive to see that it has made me try new foods and recipes but – as you said – it can also cause anxious feelings.
      Congrats on trying to cater your body’s cravings! I try to do so, too, but it really does take some time to get comfortable with this.

    • letsgetupandlive says:

      It definitely is. Especially if my body’s cravings on a certain day interfere with my (meal) plans for that day.I do aspire what you said, too, though: To just follow my body’s needs without “questioning” them.

  2. thehomeostaticmindset says:

    LOVE this post! I’m totally guilty of this. Why are we all so afraid of carbs?!? Myself included. I attempt to eat what I ‘feel like,’ however, ED always chimes in telling me what I *should* have. It’s so awesome to watch children eat- pure joy! They don’t overanalyze nutrient ratios. They simply savour every bite with a huge grin on their face, and they moment they are done, they are off again running around, not giving a second thought to what they just ate. Thanks for the reminder to quit overanalyzing and searching for the ‘perfect’ way to eat ❤

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