What looked to be a beautifully arranged mixture of super-foods, didn’t live up to it’s hype and taught me an important lesson about Intuitive Eating.
A couple weeks ago, I found a recipe out on the interwebs for farro salad with roasted sweet potatoes, kale and pomegranate seeds (not going to say where its from). It looked beautiful, rustic and interesting, and contained plenty of super-foods so I put it on my “to make” list for the blog. There’s just something about a perfectly arranged plate full of super foods that makes my dietitian heart skip a beat.
Now I’m not saying that healthy food may not need a little extra elbow grease, but this dish was just ridiculous. Too many steps and too many different flavors and ingredients. When I finally finished the dish (almost an hour later), I took Nick a plate. He looked down, then looked back at me. Apprehensively, he took a bite.
“I feel like I’m eating pebbles and dirt that I had to forage from the ground of a forest.”– Nick
Eating intuitively means staying aware of your taste preferences, your health needs, and the way your body feels after eating certain foods. Eating “clean” doesn’t make you healthier if you feel deprived all the time and end up binging later on “bad” foods. Every single meal doesn’t have to be perfectly “clean”, nor does every meal need to be full of “bad foods”. There’s a middle ground where you respect your taste buds, yet still try new things, and pay attention to how your body feels afterwards.
“I still 100% get behind the basic principles of clean eating. Making most of your diet whole food is the absolute best thing you can do for health. There are dozens of ingredients in the food supply that frankly, should not be allowed. I still evaluate a foods healthfulness based on the ingredients list, not the nutrition facts. Basically, I believe in the power of whole food, but I don’t like what ‘clean eating’ has become.”
We ended up probably eating more of the mac n cheese than we would have if we hadn’t had the horrible farro salad before. Because we weren’t satisfied, we ate more. See how it works here?
After this recipe disaster, I took a break from posting recipes on my blog. I swore to myself that I would never post a recipe that I didn’t absolutely love and that didn’t satisfy me or Nick. Luckily I realized this before I posted anything too “clean”, but I have felt my recipes leading towards this direction.
I’m taking a vow that from now on, this blog will contain delicious recipes that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and that satisfied us. They may be healthy, they may be so-so, or they may be a decadence. They will be a nice balance of “superfoods” and just normal, every day food.