I had this Red Mango parfait on Saturday. Can you tell that the Red Mango man made it all wrong?
There is a certain system to making the mixed berry parfait which I learned years ago from the Red Mango people!
On the bottom: strawberries
Then frozen yogurt
In the middle: strawberries, blueberries, pumpkin flax granola, chocolate chips
Then frozen yogurt
On top: granola and chocolate chips
I used to be NUTS about this. My Red Mango parfait always needed to be made correctly with the right toppings placed in the right spots.
I would hover over the new employees to ensure they got my parfait right and if they messed up, I would insist they remake it.
Over the weekend though, when the Red Mango man made my parfait all wrong, I didn’t even care.
I barely pay attention anymore when they make my parfait and if they miss an ingredient in the middle layer or load the top with chocolate chips rather than split it evenly with granola, I smile, say thank you and just eat.
I’ve noticed my lack of care about food in other ways lately too.
I absolutely hate food shopping. It’s an inconvenience in my life but it has to be done so I try to only go once a week and pray I get everything I need in that one trip.
I hardly cook or at least it seems that way. We eat out a whole lot more often and I just don’t care. Out for dinner on a Monday night? Fine by me.
I can’t battle my son every single day to figure out what he will find acceptable from our kitchen and have zero patience for conjuring up new dinner recipes.
Emergency snacks don’t exist in my bag. That’s right. I leave the house without a snack in my purse. If I get hungry, the world won’t end and I will find something to eat wherever I am.
I don’t care if I have dessert on my long run days. It used to be routine for me to ensure I had a super special dessert every Saturday night after a long run. Now, that dessert may happen on a Monday, Thursday or Friday night. And really, sometimes those desserts happen a few nights a week plus Saturday OR not at all. It doesn’t really matter to me.
The important thing to realize here is that letting go of caring about what you eat next won’t cause you to suddenly gain weight or lose complete control of your life. I haven’t stepped on a scale in years but my clothes still fit and if I am allowed to be really honest here, I think I look as good as ever.
I run strong, I am never injured, my clothes fit and I get my period. In my book, that means I am doing something right without having to care or focus on what I am eating.
I still intuitively choose nutrient dense foods most of the time and eat my chocolate cake when I crave it. But overall, what I eat is not something I really give time to thinking about.
Basically, if I am hungry, I just find something to eat. It’s really that simple.
I’m hoping my lack of care can help someone who is caring too much right now. WAY too much focus is put on food these days and I think social media is driving it. While there’s a healthy and balanced way to care about what you eat, unfortunately I keep watching people go over the top with caring about calories, ingredients, macros and nutrients.
Our bodies know what to do without us micromanaging every morsel. Please remember that. If you over-focus on what you eat, not only are you wasting energy and time, you may end up UNDEREATING which will eventually backfire on you.
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How often do you find yourself in the grocery store? Do you enjoy food shopping?
Do you think you care too much sometimes or over-focus on what you eat for every meal?