So before I dive into the point of this post, let me share a bit of my childhood with you. One of my cousins, who I’m sure was speaking out of love, constantly called me “Cereal” when I was kiddo. I, for some reason, abhorred this nickname, though it was better than my sister’s loving “Cheryl the Rolling Barrel” nickname she’d use for me whenever we staged wrestling wars bouncing on her bed.
Yes, I am Cereal.
So during my conversion to eating By Design, I’ve been pretty craving-free. Today’s groupon for half price froyo from YoYo’s is a bit ironic since I just finished saying how I haven’t even really wanted to eat it lately…
But seriously. I don’t miss bread. I don’t care about pasta–it was always about the stuff that went along with it, which goes fine and dandy on top of spaghetti squash. I think I ate a granola bar every day for 2 years, more Clif bars than anyone should ever consume with all of my bike rides, and enough croutons to feed a small army before I started going against the grain. I also ate a bowl of cereal every day for years. Usually, it was Kashi of some sort mixed with All Bran or Fibre 1. Healthy, right?
Wrong. My breakfasts lately–meat and veggies, eggs and fruit, eggs and veggies, etc.–have left me satisfied, full, and feeling better than I ever did after eating my crunchy cereal or yogurt messes. If I go for a run post-breakfast, I’m not clutching my stomach. If I head out for the morning, I’m not searching for a snack an hour after I’ve eaten. I’m re-thinking the “balanced breakfast”…
I had a nice chit chat this morning with my pal Sarah, whose on the same wavelength with me when it comes to
consuming insane amounts of nuts/nut butter eating and dietary approach.
She got me all hungry when she said she made this pumpkin granola from PaleOMG that I’m making immediately and mentioned missing eating cereal–not the food itself, but the bowl and the act and the om nom nom (my words, not hers).
So for lunch, which started
in the aisles of on the way home from, Bulk Barn, I gave myself the crunchy, sweet, bowl effect of cereal–without the cereal.
Exhibit A: The normal toppings for your Cheerios (classic), Sugar Smacks (silly), or All Bran (“healthy”)….a banana, some crunchy dried bananas, and some nuts.
Exhibit B: Tastier yet – banana, dried fruit, and nuts topped with flaxseed and some milk (please don’t make it soy).
Craving…crushed! This bowl was sweet–literally. While this is a high sugar kind of lunch, I’m just going with it. Real food that hit the spot…that’s sustainable. My breakfast–eggs, swiss chard, and potatoes–was more the savoury kind. I’ve got roasted chicken and cauliflower for dinner tonight. Are you hungry yet?
I wanted to post about this because like with sugary paleo desserts, it’s worth noting that while they may not be the best choice, they are a step up from eating fake or processed foods. I think it’s safe to say that my “paleo truffles” (read: excuse to eat more nut butter) are a step up from heading to Marble Slab or eating a Snickers bar. If I were still fixated on losing weight or on being skinny, you might say that it’s the same number of calories. In the pursuit of health, if you said that you’d be a tool. Here’s just another way reprioritizing, focusing on behaviours (i.e. what are you putting in your body) and not just on outcomes (i.e. how your butt looks in your jeans), and getting real with myself is manifesting.
PS – Since I know you guys are smart and educated and wouldn’t just give up grains without deciding that it’s right for you, why don’t you listen to this week’s Life By Design podcast about grains?
Have you gone paleo and find yourself missing something?
What do you think about giving up grains? –I’m particularly interested here if you’re a nutrition buff or an athlete or just awesome…