Good morning! I know today starts the beginning of yet another week for the vast majority of you out there, but today is actually my first day “off” in two weeks! I say “off” because I will be studying the nervous and endocrine systems as well as DNA all day long, but I don’t have anywhere that I need to be! Yay for coffee shop studying. 🙂
I’m not going to lie – a lot of times in the evenings I try to “plan” what I am going to eat the next day. I don’t hold myself to a rigid schedule anymore, but I like to have a general idea of my meals to ensure that I have enough of some things and not too much of another. For example: I can’t have cheese in my sandwich at lunch because I had yogurt and milk at breakfast and will be having EITHER a latte in the afternoon or goat cheese in my salad at dinner.
WHERE is the sense in denying myself this goodness? [source.]
Note: either, not both. This time, though, my little “planning” session got me thinking:
Why is it that there are so many unspoken rules about the things we are supposed to eat? Can you honestly tell me:
- Why it is a bad thing for those who have no adverse effects from it to eat dairy? I don’t know when I started demonizing dairy, but I now only feel “allowed” to have 3-4 servings a day. I’m not lactose intolerant, and I have never experienced any indigestion/stomach issues from dairy, EVER. So if I want a large latte instead of regular, and that ends up being around 2 cups of milk, WHY SHOULD I CARE?
- Why it is seemingly necessary to define our diets? Everywhere I look nowadays I see vegans and vegetarians, I see paleo, and primal. There’s gluten free, dairy-free, sugar-free, food-free…okay, now I’m exaggerating. But my point is like what I said about dairy – for those who don’t have specific intolerances or medical requirements to eat a certain way, why is there so much pressure to?
- Who decided “strong is the new skinny” was supposed to make anyone feel better? Because the way I see it, all the societal hype about thin models and actresses made larger girls (even size 2) feel bad about themselves. And now, girls that don’t have ultra-defined muscles are starting to feel self-conscious. I’ve definitely started criticizing my lack of upper body definition after looking at countless instagram pictures with that phrase emblazoned on them.
- Why you have to do ANYTHING that you don’t want to do? Case in point: I hate lifting heavy weights. It is not remotely fun for me and I left the only serious lifting workout I ever did completely miserable – the total opposite of the endorphin high exercise should bring! I genuinely love doing circuit training and running. There is absolutely no reason for me to force myself to CrossFit or squat my body weight or anything that does not bring me joy – and that applies to all aspects of life as well, not just fitness. If you hate running, DON’T DO IT. If reading classic literature makes you want to rip your hair out, grab a magazine and stop judging yourself. Life is way too short to try and do it all, so you might as well just do what makes you truly happy.
Intellectually, I know the answers to these questions. I wrote them down! But I need to work on really believing them. Once I do that, I think that I will be way more at peace with so many aspects of my life.
What is one expectation you just do not understand?