Sometimes you just don't want to eat!
The hazy days of summer are here in full force this week! Where we live in midwestern Ontario, we’ve been experiencing temps in the 30’s for several days straight. I’m not complaining – I love summer and we’ve been having a lot of fun in nature and by our pool.
However, sometimes on those super hot days, you just don’t feel like eating, which is how Scott and I both felt yesterday after a day in the sun golfing.
And you know what? That is OK! Our bodies are amazingly intuitive and know exactly what they need at any given time!
We have all these societal rules, mostly rooted in diet culture, which dictate when, what and how we should eat.
Case in point – dinner is “supposed” to occur in the early evening and is “supposed” to include a meat, grain and vegetable. And you’re “supposed” to want to eat that and clean your plate every night.
Have you ever considered the idea that these rules are all just made up, and it’s possible your body wants something different?
This played out perfectly yesterday, and gave me a perfect opportunity to practice this concept of intuitive eating on my What’s for Dinner Wednesday Livestream
Last night, I had planned to make a black bean burger with guacamole and a kale salad on the side. But after a long day in the sun, and a bigger than normal lunch, both Scott and I reflected that we really didn’t have an appetite for that big supper.
Now, I knew I was going live on my Facebook page to do What’s for Dinner Wednesday, and I had my plan all set, so I could have gone ahead and made the burgers, but then we would have likely eaten them and felt overly full and not even enjoy the meal.
Instead, I thought this is a great opportunity to talk about listening to your body’s clues and being willing to modify your plan so that you feel nourished and satisfied.
I’m a big proponent of meal planning – I do it every week and it really helps me stay organized and take the stress out of figuring out what to make every day. But, every good plan needs to include room for flexibility to respond to changes in your schedule and your mood.
So, we elected to just have the kale salad. Full of superfoods, minerals, vitamins – it was the perfect light meal to rehyrdrate us and replenish us after a day in the sun.
It took a total of 10 minutes to make; it was delicious and satisfying, and we didn’t find ourselves snacking later. So that means it was exactly the right amount of food.
FYI – Kale salad might not be the most kid friendly food, but there are ways to make it more-so. It’s important to make sure that you include things on the plate that your child likes, and typically toddlers like their food in separate piles. We know that G loves apples, carrots, avocados and nuts – so no problem there. We also added a bit of beet just to see what he thought. He wasn’t a fan, but casual exposure to new, healthy items is key to developing a good relationship with food.
Give this recipe a try, and let me know how you like it!