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Weighing In

Good morning friends!  My oldest is at school, my little man is coloring, and the fetus is bouncing around as I write this.  Speaking of the fetus, we had an exciting little family celebration last week after seeing the little one on screen.  I decided to make it a little more special for us by having cupcakes made with the color icing put inside and we all found out together.

Yes I admit, it’s not exactly a “nutritionally sound” way to find out, but truthfully it was a special occasion and we don’t live in food jail so I’m not about to start feeling guilty about it.  So without further ado…

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It’s a boy!!  The little mister is totally healthy so far according to the ultrasound so we are thrilled. 

And ignore my son’s goofy looking haircut! It’s been fixed since then! 🙈

Also, you might notice a little change at the top of the page.  I changed the title and domain of this little blog.  Now that I’ve graduated and am officially an NTP, I’m hoping to slowly make some changes here to where I can offer some services and more.  

What else….

I’ve been loving this breakfast lately:

*This is something I just throw together and honestly don’t really measure (except for the quinoa), so follow these measurements with your own discretion.

  • 1/4 cup quinoa, cooked (I use 1/4 cup dry quinoa with 1/2 cup water)
  • 1-2 teaspoons good quality butter (I use Kerrygold, or sometimes have homemade from organic grass fed heavy cream)
  • 2-3(ish) teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • Cinnamon to taste, maybe 1/8 teaspoon?
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/2-1 banana, sliced

Cook the quinoa. Turn the heat off (but keep pot on burner) or turn heat down to low and gently mix in remaining ingredients so they are warmed and the butter melts and the flavors blend.  So much yum.

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Ok so I want to talk about an issue that used to affect my life but is still very much an issue with many people.

The number on the scale.

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I used to have a really unhealthy relationship with food, my body image, and the scale.  I was at a place in my life where I knew very little about actual health and believed my health (and self worth, for that matter) was based on the scale and the mirror.  I would take some drastic measures to make sure the number on the scale didn’t move, or at least didn’t move up.  It was totally ok if it moved down, right?  I saw it as an accomplishment even.  It must’ve meant that I was doing something right and that I was “healthy”.  Very emotionally and physically unhealthy.  It took a long time to understand and get over that mindset but I did.

I truthfully haven’t stepped on a scale in years (except at the doctor’s office) and I feel so much happier.  Honestly the only reason we still even have a scale is because my husband likes to weigh himself occasionally, otherwise I’d be totally fine with tossing it out.  I’ve been able to learn to see myself based on how my clothes fit, how I feel, how I’m sleeping, etc.  I used to live in a world where if I saw even a one pound increase on the scale, I’d automatically see it in the mirror…even though, seriously, no one can tell if someone gains a pound, but in my mind, I saw it on me.

Now I understand that numerical weight does not necessarily determine the status of health, or at least not in the way I used to see it.  The thing about that number is this: It’s nothing but a sum of your body composition…blood, bones, fat, muscle, water, organs, etc.  It doesn’t tell anything about what’s actually going on inside, where your health is truly determined, unless you know enough to make that connection.

It is important to understand, though, that if your body composition is out of balance, for example having too much or too little fat, it’s typically a result of something ELSE being out of balance.  Maybe your thyroid isn’t functioning properly.  Maybe your digestion is out of whack.  Maybe your diet simply needs to be rebalanced.  Maybe your sleep cycle is suffering.

When asking yourself “Am I healthy?”, there are many other determining factors to help you answer that question.  Things like:

  • Your energy level
  • Your sleep
  • Your skin appearance
  • Your hair health
  • Your digestive habits
  • Your cravings
  • Your nails
  • Your dental health
  • Circles/bags under your eyes
  • Your moods

And more.  These are all signs that your health isn’t quite where it should be.  Your body talks to you.  You just have to know how to listen.  If you are concerned about your weight, look into these other factors.  It could give you a big clue about what’s really not working.  It’s very likely that by improving your food choices (and I don’t mean a “diet” that has a start and end date!) by choosing whole nutrient-dense foods and figuring out what ELSE could be out of balance in your body (for example, digestion), your weight will rebalance itself all on its own as well as other areas that maybe you didn’t even know needed improving!  It doesn’t necessarily mean you need to suddenly start killing yourself at the gym to lose that weight.  (I am in no way downplaying the need for regular physical activity though.)

I personally think any kind of weight-related goal (whether it be to gain or lose) can be extra stressful BECAUSE it’s so dependent on the scale and a specific number. If you set out to “lose 50 pounds this year” but you end the year with “only” a 30 pound weight loss, you’re going to deem yourself a failure and that’s not fair, nor accurate. When you become so consumed by a number, it’s easy to lose sight of other parts of health that are important and certain things may begin to suffer. So instead of focusing on the number, turn your goal into something where you resolve to get more sleep or simply eat better foods or work on digestive health.  (Remember how important good digestion is?)  When you focus on making specific improvements from the inside out rather than chasing a goal with tunnel vision, it reduces the stress you’d likely experience from that tunnel vision goal.  And bonus: those improvements could very well be lifelong which make them much bigger successes!

So what’s your scale philosophy?  Do you weigh in every day?  Occasionally?  Never?

In good health,

Michelle

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