Happy Monday babes- I am back!! I plan to write a recap of my weekend on my church retreat, but this mental health Monday post had to come first since I didn’t wanna miss the opportunity to link up with the amazing Julia! Also- can y’all believe it’s already August?! I go back to college this month… how crazy is that! Okay, let’s get started on this post!
Low calorie does not equate to health, healthy, or better- in any way, shape, or form. This post can go in so many directions but today I choose to focus on one of them. Diet foods. We all know them. Diet soda, those stupid 100 calorie packs, lean cuisine meals, walden farms 0 calorie syrup, splenda, etc. I lived part of my life afraid of food with more calories and heavily relied on some of these things because food with more calories; even if they did have an abundance of nutrients, scared the crap outta me. Funny how we give that power to food, right? I was stuck in the mindset that if I was eating a low calorie option, I was healthier; which was 100% not true!
Low calorie does NOT mean “healthy”
My past with my eating disorder involved a time where I was obsessed with health and had many orthorexic tendencies, yet also a time where I did not care about the nutrients with food and instead only cared about what the caloric count on the back of the package said. I felt safer having a Hoodsie cup with X amount of calories than having mixed nuts. I felt more comfortable eating a small packaged Rice Krispie square than a spoonful of almond butter. Nut butter, nuts, avocado, oils, granola, dried fruit; basically anything that was not packaged with a definite calorie amount or contained a high amount of calories for a smaller serving made the thoughts in my brain race a mile a minute. Both times in my life: the time where I was fixated on being pure in my food choices and “healthy” and the time where I was so incredibly concerned with the calories of food did not bring me any happiness whatsoever. I mean, how could it? Having your mind in a fog where your mind is either clogged by how healthy you are eating or how many calories you are eating is downright exhausting, and y’all obviously know that so I won’t even begin on that little word vomit.
Stop letting calories tell you what to do!”
I refuse to buy these 100 calorie snack packs now, those lean cuisine or low calorie frozen meals, powdered peanut butter, walden farms syrup, etc. The thing is, these foods are not any “healthier” just because they have a lower caloric content. Low calorie does NOT equate to “healthy.” I choose to fuel my body with all the fats now- all the nut butter, avocados, oils, nuts, etc. Having trail mix for a snack versus having a 100 calorie snack pack of Oreo thins gives me so much more energy and keeps my body fueled and my mind focused. I don’t want this to come across as me food shaming, but just from personal experience; stepping away from diet foods helped me grow tremendously in several areas throughout my recovery. I know that this is something many people struggle with: turning to packaged foods with definite calorie amounts and eating only things that they are 100% certain of the caloric amount. For me, I knew that oatmeal/bananas/hummus were all packed full with nutrients, but I felt more at ease eating a pack of fruit snacks or 2 Oreos because I was more certain of how many calories I was eating.
We are products of our past but we don’t have to be prisoners of it
Treatment helped me step away from these diet and low calorie foods which was ultimately a huge blessing for me, even though I didn’t see it at the time. The thing is, so many diet foods are not “healthy”at all. Walden farms is packed with splenda which is awful for you, and the company claims it is saving lives by saving the amount of calories you consume in a day. Having some real maple syrup, honey, or agave that does contain calories and all that real, good, wholesome stuff is a lot better in my opinion. And these 100 calorie snack packs will not fill you up at all. If you want some cookies, go get a real cookie. Don’t bother with these tiny little cookies that aren’t even the real thing.
Maybe this was really just a bunch of rambles that made no sense, as it is a Sunday night and I’m coming back from 3 days of limited sleep; but I really wanted to shed some light on this topic, as it is one thing I struggled with immensely. Throw out those icky Chips Ahoy thin crisps cookies. Get the real things. Buy the real syrup. Don’t fear things just due to their caloric content. Stop labeling food as good and bad. Work to find your balance. And remember that just because something is low calorie does not mean it is “healthy,” even though that’s what the media and magazines are constantly telling us.
I make time to nourish my mind, body, and spirit. I am abundant in all things that bring me joy. I am worthy of love, and I am full of love for others. I am a powerful force for good in the world. I am beautiful and radiate with light from within.
Take that little mantra right above and carry it throughout your week! 🙂
Now tell me,
Have you struggled with equating low calorie to healthier?
Hope you all have a great Monday loves!! So happy to be back on the blog, even though I was only gone for three days lol.
Sending alll my love to you guys!! <3 xoxo