Sunday, December 5, 2010

2 Relax & Enjoy Your Food... Your Taste Buds & Waistline Will Thank You :)

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I like to think of this recipe blog as a gourmet food blog that just happens to be healthy. ;) The emphasis is on taste & flavor, not calorie-counting, which, personally speaking, is something I don't believe in doing. I've got enough to do already as is. :)

Furthermore, I know realistically that I'm not going to be able to keep it up, as monitoring the calories of every bite I eat takes way too much time & energy, & is frankly, not something that agrees with my personal philosophy. First, it's just way too anal-retentive for my liking, and second, it requires an insane level of daily maintenance to make it work. Frankly, I'd rather give that kind of laser-focus & dedication to my exercise instead. ;)

If you haven't guessed by now, I'm not a "meatloaf on Mondays" kind of gal, nor do I believe in obsessively tracking metrics to the exclusion of all else, which usually only ends up backfiring in the end. I'm into the real, the possible, and the practical. :)

When it comes to eating healthfully, I pay more attention to portion size (by this point, I can usually just eyeball it versus getting out the measuring cups & the food scale :) ), overall nutritional value, RDAs, & fat-to-carb-to-protein ratios as they apply to my daily & weekly intake. I make a point of eating lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, omega-3-rich fish, & as many different plant-based sources of protein as possible, with an occasional chicken & beef dish tossed in there for good measure. :)

As long as I've got these bases covered, and workout on a regular basis, I can stay fit & healthy without having to monitor my metrics like some obsessively crazed and probably very hungry (!) dieter. ;) Ah diets, yet another short-sighted concept I don't believe in either. Don't get me started on THAT rant again. Hahaha.

I believe that if people take the time to enjoy their food, focusing on the experience itself -- slowly savoring each bite & putting the fork down between bites on occasion (!) -- they'll not only enjoy their food more, but also naturally achieve satiety and weight-stabilizing nirvana. :) And perhaps attain inner peace as well. LOL.


Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Good advice! Slowing down and putting the fork down is so important. I think we're all so rushed that we forget to 'enjoy' our meals. That's pretty sad, too!

Cyberpenguin said...

Thanks, Andrea! Yes, that's true.

Some advance planning can mitigate a lot of that rushing around. And, delegation, whenever possible, can help us to carve out more time for ourselves & our families.

The amount of tasks we decide to take on in our lives is actually a choice that's largely of our own making, even though it's sometimes easy to forget that. :) The option to say "no" to additional tasks we don't have the time or bandwidth for is always there. It's just a matter of setting priorities & sticking to them, eh?!

There are definitely times when doing less & slowing down in order to enjoy our lives more makes a heck of a lot more sense. :)

And it's something all the more important around this time of year.

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