good foods, bad foods and eating cookies at breakfast.
Saturday morning I had this perfectly satisfying breakfast that I thought was worth posting about.
It was a plate of cheesy eggs, a thick peanut butter cookie the size of my palm (cookie recipe coming soon!) and a large vanilla latte. It left me full AND satisfied.
Cookies are a dessert and may not be what many people are reaching for at breakfast time. Since desserts and sugar are talked about in our society like they are poison, it would be easy to see why someone would try to deprive themselves of them or talk about how eating them for breakfast is wrong. But the thing is, a desire for sweets is natural and enjoyable. No one but you can know what is satisfying, when you should eat a certain food, or how much you should eat. It’s normal, protective and healthy for you to feel resistance boil up inside when someone tries to control how much you eat or what foods you eat.
At some point I realized that playing the same tape in my brain that said, “cookies, cookie dough, etc. are bad and I shouldn’t eat them,” wasn’t getting me anywhere. The problem with thinking that certain foods are “bad” is that just the perception that the food you are eating is “bad” is more likely to lead to overeating. A great reason to get to a place where you think of all foods neutrally and don’t have good or bad foods is because that thought allows you to eat the food that your body craves so you can think about food less and move on with more important things in your life.
When stopping thinking of sugar-y foods as bad foods, something that was helpful for me was to eliminate the word dessert from my vocabulary. Since dessert is pretty much a four letter world in our culture. Instead of choosing to call dessert-y foods desserts, anytime I ate any food I classified it as either a meal or a snack. This isn’t something I did out loud. It was just something I did in my thoughts before eating. At the time I felt pretty neutral about eating meals and snacks, so there was less judgement.
The point of this was to be able to see no food as more special than another and to truly begin to feel neutral about all the food I ate. A piece of cake wasn’t better or worse than tortillas or oats at breakfast. They were all just carb sources my body could use for energy and were a component of my meal.
You can change the way your brain thinks over time if you feed it good things. Your mind likes to replay old tapes. Old tapes that may say “dessert is bad. Feel guilt when you eat it.” Maybe a new way to think, as you get away from a good food vs. bad food mentality, is to help your brain relabel all food into one of the following categories: a meal or a snack. You have to start training your mind to go to the good vs the dark side.
p.s. if you’ve heard about (the ridiculous-ness that is) Weight Watchers offering free membership to teens this summer and want to read some non-diet thoughts on why this is a problem, here is a good article from Rachael on it!