If you’re anything like me, you’re all about balancing out your smoothie with a big dose of greens, protein, and fat. Making sure to eat a well-rounded bowlful of vegetables, legumes, and avocado is always a lunchtime priority. Maybe you’re a master meal prepper, nutritious recipe saver, or hemp milk maker. What, then, could possibly be missing from such a healthful diet?
For me, it was nourishment.
Admittedly, calling nourishment an "ingredient" might be a copout, but hear me out.
After a few years of ups and downs of trying (and failing) to adhere to a completely "healthy" diet, I realized that if I really valued my well-being, I needed to stop using food as a manipulation tool against myself and really start honoring it in a way that made my body feel good.
Once I realized that properly nourishing myself—not just eating a bowl of kale and thinking it would cleanse me of all my sins—had the ability to fill me up, energize me, and make me feel amazing, I started to notice a big shift in how I felt.
I started eating when I was hungry and thinking in terms of feeling satisfied rather than a constant push and pull between deprivation, "giving in," and feeling guilty. Allowing myself a bigger breakfast and lunch (I always skimped on these meals) with carbs, fat, and protein launched me into more productive days and less time spent thinking about if/when/what I should eat.