Heyyo. It’s me again, emptying my phone of recent food pics on you and sharing some thoughts on what I think of as “eating for the long run.”
Eating for the long run. I don’t mean eating in preparation for a literal long run (I’m not a runner, btw), but feeding yourself while looking at the big picture.
Eating for life.
Not for the “perfect summer body.” Not to fulfill that meal plan where the only things you can eat to your heart’s content are lettuce and carrot sticks. Not being micro-focused on what each ingredient will do to your body.
For life. Zooming out and looking at the big picture lets you make food choices that are sustainable. Because let’s be real: always saying no to an unexpected lunch out with friends? Turning down ice cream while exploring a new city? That’s not sustainable to a healthy, vibrant life.
I think eating for the long run also means not being stuck on perfection, whatever that “perfection” looks like for you.
I’m not a perfect eater. I try to eat intuitively, but that doesn’t mean I eat every meal mindfully or to the exact right fullness level.
Sometimes I wait until I’m too hungry and end up a hanger monster, ready to scarf down whatever’s in the fridge. Other times, I don’t take the time to tune in and figure out what I need/want and end up snacking all day without feeling satisfied. Sometimes, my food just doesn’t look pretty. Or I eat while I’m iPhone scrolling. Or in the car.
Of course, intuitively and mindfully is a good thing. But none of us can ever do it completely perfect all the time. Perfect eating isn’t sustainable. When I try to eat perfectly, I forget that I need to be eating for the long run. For life.
And that means making food choices that sustain and nourish me physically AND mentally/emotionally.
What are ways you practice “eating for the long run?”
Linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons for Thinking out Loud!