Your Body Doesn't Count Calories and Neither Should You
As a health coach, I take pride in fueling my body with real, whole foods. I have gotten good at listening to my body over the years, providing it with the nutrients it needs while satisfying my cravings to maintain balance and avoid deprivation. I enjoy eating, and Ireally love food.
But I wasn’t always this way. Towards the end of high school and into college, I was consumed with counting calories and exercising every day. Quite frankly, it was not only about staying thin, but also about staying in control. Food was something to be feared for the chance it was going to make me fat, and it was my biggest enemy and largest source of anxiety.
Thankfully, in my mid- to late 20s, as I immersed myself in the study of nutrition, I started to make the connection between what I ate and how I felt. I had never thought of eating in this way, and it completely revamped my relationship with food. I decided to release all the food rules, after which I quickly realized had been making me miserable. Taking on a more intuitive approach, while viewing food (and myself) from a more positive place has changed the way I eat. It was then from this place, that I developed my mantra:
Count colors, not calories
Our body is not a calculator, but more of a chemistry lab. Food is information for our cells, so should be thought of in terms of nutrients, not calories. Whenever I’m building a meal, I make a point to try and incorporate as much nutrition as I can. In other words, I countcolors. As you start to eat closer to nature, you will notice the beautiful collage of colors with each fruit, vegetable and source of healthy fat serving its unique nutritional purpose.
This shift helps shape a new perspective: one from lack and scarcity (the restriction that goes along with dieting and calorie counting), to that of abundance and beauty.