…mple, your plate might contain 1,000 calories, but that doesn’t mean your body can use all of them. Your body is not a perfect food-burning furnace: Digestion is a complex process and your body uses different metabolic pathways to break down different nutrients. Some of your meal’s nutrients are destined to drop out of your other end a number of hours later.
AND. Each of us is a unique universe. AND, each of us has a unique body makeup. AND our food needs morph and change as we age. AND AND AND AND. What is perhaps so frustrating is the desperate desire to have something deeply complex and constantly changing be dumbed down to a single number. The calorie. We want simple, when we aren’t simple.
We can also follow the body’s instinctual needs. There are times that I know I need meat. Eggs, or turkey hamburger meat. Or a big loaded tablespoon of peanut butter. I need it as clear as day. The body is superbly designed to demand what it needs, just as I know, if I attend, when the only thing it wants is a handful of berries or almonds, or even a chunk of chocolate or raisins. We are most of us so out of touch with our body’s needs that we often interpret simple thirst for hunger.
Loved this. Thank you. Thoughtful, helpful, insightful, valuable.