Now that the CFC is over, I have been thinking about how I felt during the week and how I want to proceed from here. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that I firmly believe in the 80/20 rule when it comes to eating (and most other things, really). I don't think any foods should be completely banned ( unless there is an allergy). Instead, I like to make sure I eat healthy, whole foods at least 80% of the time. That way, I don't have to worry as much about what I'm eating the other 20% of the time. Quite honestly, It ends up being more like 90/10. I really LOVE healthy, whole foods and my regular diet is comprised mainly of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans/legumes. However, there are times when I just want to eat something that isn't as healthy, and I don't sweat it. I know that I'm eating well most of the time.
Since I have two kids, I really try to set a good example for them. We don't have tons of junk food in the house and they always have vegetables as part of their meal. I don't buy a lot of processed food and avoid the big no no's like hydrogenated oil, high fructose corn syrup and too many artificial colors/flavors. But, my kids are in school/daycare and have a social life, so these items make their way into their diets occasionally. Since I provide a healthy foundation at home, I don't worry about it. I'm not extreme by any means. I want my kids to develop healthy relationships with food and understand that there's a time and place for everything. I want them to be mindful about what they put in their bodies.
As I reflect on the CFC, I realize that I want the same for myself. I want to remain mindful about what I'm putting into my body. I want to eat when I'm hungry and not just because the food is in front of me. I want to eat sweets because I'm really in the mood for something special, and not just because my co-worker is eating M & M's in her office...or these great bakery cookies, which she brought into my office today.
I had a few bites of each and then put them away. In the past, I probably would have ended up eating all three over the course of the afternoon.
I really want to practice mindful eating. So, that's what I'm doing. I'm trying to make food choices that keep me feeling as good as I felt over the past week. I'm not eliminating anything anymore, but I am going to pay attention to how much of the "unclean" foods I'm consuming. A few chocolate chips is one thing, but handfuls each night are a completely different story. I need to remember to practice moderation.
But, I do have to admit that I am enjoying having the ability to eat some of the foods that I eliminated last week. Last night, I had these for dinner and enjoyed every bite.