1. Weekend and Day Trips in the Northeast
I hadn’t explored the northeast at all before moving to Boston, so this summer I knew I really wanted to do that. I love how you can take a day trip to so many cool spots that are just an hour or two away. Momma Coale had a big birthday on Friday and to celebrate, I planned an overnight weekend trip just 90 minutes north in a quaint little coastal town in Maine. It’s a surprise to her so I’ll share more later 🙂 She’s went to Columbus, Ohio over the weekend to visit my brother who wined and dined her and then she’ll come to Boston in July and we’ll celebrate a little late.
It feels like we have a lot of weekends away this summer, but I’m only getting on a flight once which makes the summer feel so much less busy since we’re staying close if that makes sense? Getting in a car = way less stressful than getting on a plane. All our other weekends are day trips or overnight trips to visit family/friends or something else within 1-3 hours from Boston. People say spring and summer here make the winter totally worth it and I think I believe that. Alexis and Simi are coming to visit in July and I’m pumped for that weekend. We are thinking of a day trip to either Cape Ann, Good Harbor Beach or Providencetown. If anyone has recommendations or thoughts I would love to hear!
2. Our metabolism doesn’t function on a 24 hour cycle
I mentioned this briefly in an Instagram live Q&A a few weeks ago and then had a reader email me and ask, “Can you expand on that?” and I said, sure! There was a question about eating x foods or x amount of calories in a day and we were talking about how our metabolisms don’t hit “reset” every 24 hours – rather it’s more accurate to look at things over a longer range of time. Our bodies and metabolism are so dynamic – there is no way we would be able to intellectually know everything going on inside our bodies from day to day (unless maybe there are expensive machines you could be hooked up to 24/7…I’m not sure…) We try to rationalize by thinking, “oh I’ve done x amount of exercise today or I didn’t do x” and so that is why I’m hungrier or not hungrier or why I should eat x and not y…but in reality, we don’t know that much. For so many reasons, our bodies will be hungrier or less hungry on some days than others. And our bodies will want to move more on some days than others. With that in mind, if you don’t feel regular hunger cues, you might need more structure in place to establish a nourishing, rhythmic way of eating.
Metabolism happens in every cell in your body – it’s the balance between reactions that build things up (repairing and storing) and the reactions that break things down (for energy). It’s not that every night at midnight your body’s metabolism hits an internal reset button and everything starts all over. Of course we have a circadian rhythm (aka your sleep/wake cycle) that is a 24 hour internal clock running in the background of your brain that oscillates between sleepiness and alertness. BUT that’s not how your metabolism works. Your body doesn’t expend the exact same amount of energy every day and it doesn’t need the exact same amount of energy intake everyday. There’s a ballpark range, sure. But there is a lot of fluctuation there depending on many factors – not just how much you moved. We hear a lot of rigid, dichotomous thinking around nutrition and exercise, when really there is a lot of nuance when it comes to your body’s energy and nutrition needs and thinking in a more flexible way is can liberating and more accurate. **side note, if you’re in the thick of an eating disorder or are unsure how to adequately nourish yourself, a more structured way of eating is appropriate and what you need while you learn to nourish yourself without external cues before moving onto intuitive eating.
3. Chocolate sauce
I haven’t had chocolate sauce in soooo long. It reminds me of being a kid. I’ve had hot fudge, but I’m talking about the Hershey’s chocolate syrup type stuff. I usually grocery shop at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods here in Boston (I so wish we had Kroger) and the chocolate syrup at TJs caught my eye when I was in there last weekend so I picked some up. I’ve been drizzling it on ice cream at night and as if I didn’t love ice cream enough, chocolate sauce is making it even better. I hate chocolate chips or m&ms in my ice cream because I really dislike the texture of frozen chocolate (it’s like mealy or something?) so chocolate sauce is where I think it’s at. And this would also make for great chocolate milk. I’m going to make some of that today.
I went on a long walk with Jessi last weekend and she told me I had to start watching the series Dietland on AMC. I’m only one episode in, but so far it’s pretty good. It’s based off the book and starts out as a story about body image and self-acceptance, but then from what I’ve heard, becomes a personal revolution about challenging the status quo.
5. Emotional Eating
Cara from Street Smart RD wrote a great blog post on emotional eating – highly recommend reading if that sounds like it would be helpful for you.
To answer the question of “What’s wrong with emotional eating?” we really need to ask ourselves whether the frequency or degree to which we turn to food to cope with what we’re feeling is problematic for us as an individual. Emotional eating is not a bad thing. As temporary as that fix may be, it might be the most accessible option for us in that moment. It might be the best tool we have or the most reliable or the quickest. And that is OK. We are imperfect beings and part of that means coping with emotions might get messy. We can weigh the pros and cons of turning to food (How will this food make me feel? What are my other options? Can this particular food provide what I really need right now?) and determine our next steps.”
Have a great week!