Once upon a time, I accounted for every single morsel of food that went in my body and every single calorie I sweated out. I was meticulous about weighing food, recording everything, and then hating myself if I ever went over my 800 calorie allotment for the day. I thought that by doing so, my body would transform into what I wanted it to look like at the time. Looking back, not only was such a restriction so sad, but how annoying was everything I was doing!? I took so many steps to ensure that I was staying within my skinny parameters that food was no longer enjoyable and felt like a prisoner to my calorie counting app.
Not all calories are created equally
It took me a few too many years to come to the realization that counting calories was not getting me to where I wanted to be. My body hadn’t morphed into that of a Victoria Secret model, and most importantly, I wasn’t happy with the way I looked or felt about myself. I started to look for some healthy inspiration and came across Tim Ferris’ 4 hour body. It totally spoke to me and I devoured that book in a matter of days. I mean, any health guru who promotes drinking red wine on the daily can stay right? One point that Tim really drove home was that not all calories are created equally. I had heard this before, but it wasn’t until it truly registered that my life actually changed.
I began to look at food in a completely different light and started to treat food as something that nurtures my body rather than a sort of necessary evil. I started to introduce whole foods into my diet, cut out processed shit, and started to really appreciate and be mindful about what was going into my body.
Here’s the dealeo
Imma take you through a scenario. Take Jasmin 1.0 (the calorie restrictor) and 2.0 (the whole food eater). The two Jasmins are given a choice for lunch; a 250 calories of jello pudding and pretzels or a kale avocado salad with soup and almonds for 500 calories. Jasmin 1.0 takes the jello and pretzels and truly believes that she’s won that battle hands down. Little does know that the high sugar/low fat “meal” will send her body into insulin overdrive resulting in weight gain, low energy, malnourishment, and then starving 20 minutes later. Jasmin 2.0 opted for the higher calorie, whole food option. She feels satisfied and her body is thanking her for actually nourishing it with vitamins, minerals, and easily digestible complex foods. Her body is leaning out, is less inflamed, and is shedding excess chub.
I bet if Jasmin 1.0 and 2.0 were lab mice, Scientists would be like, “hoiven! 2.0 is eating way more but has energy levels of a bunny rabbit AND bangin’ bod“. What I’m saying is that I feel SO much better – about my body and myself as a whole being. I see progress (as do others), and I’m way more satisfied when it comes to food now.
The bottom line
I can still probably tell you the calories and fat content in just about every food and drink and still sometimes catch myself saying “yikes, that has a lot of fat” even when it’s the good kind. It’s difficult to break out of those habits and push aside silly thoughts that became so ingrained into my everyday routine. But these new(ish) habits are slowly but surely becoming second nature. Shifting the way you think about food from “I have to eat as little as possible to remain thin” to then “the purpose of food is to nourish my body” is a life altering change.
Remember, that calories are NOT created equally. I know its difficult, especially when you’re young, to recognize that eating whole foods that may be higher in calories will benefit you. But please, trust me when I say that they do. Not only will you feel an enormous difference internally, but you’ll also see a dramatic difference externally.
Love, peace & whole foods