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. food is not a number .

June 23, 2011

This… is a banana.

A small and pitiful looking banana, maybe, but a banana nonetheless.

Bananas are a fabulous food – I absolutely love them.

I love them in banana bread

In oatmeal

 

In almond butter/banana sandwiches

In smoothies

 

On their own and fancied up

Yessss. No matter what form they come in, bananas are absolutely delicious.

They easily make my list of top 10 foods.

Unfortunately, to many people, bananas aren’t a food at all – they’re actually a collection of numbers…

90 calories
0g fat
23g carbs
1g protein

But this post isn’t about bananas – it’s about an issue that’s been bugging me for quite some time…

The Science of Eating

When did eating become a equation? Cooking a calculation? Meal time a math lesson?

When did a beautifully prepared meal go from being a nourishing work of art to nothing more than an attempt at a perfect ratio of carbs, proteins, and fats…

 

. . .

When we stopped listening to our bodies and started relying too much on our heads.

When we bought into the belief that there’s a “perfect” or “right” way to eat.

When we let ourselves be convinced that enjoying food is a sin.

Food is fuel, sure, but is that all it is? Is it not an experience? An adventure?

Does it not bring us closer together and put a smile on our face?

We’re constantly being cautioned against “emotional eating”, and told that eating for pleasure somehow makes us horrible human beings… because there’s nothing worse than making ourselves feel a little bit better with a bowl of ice cream when we’re having a bad day, right? Or going out to grab a bite to eat with some friends, even when we’re not hungry, just to enjoy the company…

 

There’s more to life than food, sure, but food also introduces something more to life; and if we treat it as nothing more than a number or a ratio, we’re robbing ourselves of one of life’s greatest pleasures.

So let’s start skipping our Foodie Math 101 class, and go out for some froyo instead…

Maybe it’ll help us start seeing things for what they really are, as in the case of the simple banana…

… which isn’t a Carb Monster or a Sugar Devil, but a piece of [delicious] food…

Nothing more. Nothing less.

. – . – . – .

Do you struggle to see food as more than just a number?

Would love to hear your thoughts! 😀

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  1. June 23, 2011 5:40 pm

    So true– all those mindful eating recommendations tend to be geared towards people who clinically need to lose weight. My mom is fond of saying something along the lines of “remember the intended audience”. People who have struggled with disordered eating thoughts will tend to to take those general recommendations TOO far. I’m happy to see someone who is giving a message for those in that segment of the population 🙂

  2. June 23, 2011 5:42 pm

    I totally used to see food as a number (especially b/c I used to be on weight watchers and it’s how I was told to think). However, ever since I broke away from the program I have tried to focus on intuitive eating and it’s been going pretty well so far! Smoothies, cookies, pizza…I can have it all. It’s hard and sometimes I feel the food guilt but it’s all a process and I’m learning to be okay with that! I love your posts, you seem to capture exactly how I’m feeling!

  3. June 23, 2011 5:44 pm

    I counted calories for one month. ohmygosh. worst month of my life. it made me more hungry than I really was, made me totally feel obsessive, and pretty much… i hated myself!

    Thank goodness it was just a month and I came to my senses so long ago =) I love this post and everything it stands for girl! you tell em! ❤ mwah!

  4. June 23, 2011 5:44 pm

    Cheers to that! [insert sound of drinking glasses clicking]. Sad but true fact: everything that enters my mouth has a number on it. I used to think “always has always will” when it comes to my mentality of numbers on food, but in really it hasn’t ALWAYS been that way (duh) and I’m finally beginning to realize that it WON’T always be that way. The future is friendly and I’m open to changing my mindset. Thanks for such a motivational post to keep me moving in the right direction 🙂

    • June 23, 2011 8:08 pm

      It’s definitely hard to unlearn what you know about the numbers associated with food, but with a little time and effort, the association will become weaker. Keep fighting, girl!

  5. June 23, 2011 5:45 pm

    I definitely think there is more to food than a number. Food is about pleasure and nourishment.

  6. June 23, 2011 5:50 pm

    I totally agree. Even in the blogging world, everyone is always trying to number food, if not through calories, then through its components (proteins, fats, blah blah). You know what? I say screw that. I eat what my body wants and needs. I eat what makes me feel good. I eat what makes me feel happy.

  7. June 23, 2011 5:56 pm

    Thought you might like to know I’m printing this off and taping it to my wall. I’m in recovery for an ED and this is exactly what I’m dealing with right now, and no-one has ever explained it so well.

    I haven’t commented before but I’ve been reading from the beginning, and your old blog before, and it’s been a huge help to me. Just thought I’d say OMGIloveyou.

    • June 23, 2011 8:13 pm

      Awwr girl thanks so much for taking the time to say hi! I’m really glad my words can help you, and I just wanna tell you that you’re absolutely AWESOME for taking a pro-active role in your recovery!

  8. Laura permalink
    June 23, 2011 6:00 pm

    Amen to that. I really needed to read this right now. Thank you!

  9. Emily permalink
    June 23, 2011 6:02 pm

    Every single post on this blog makes me happy! When I stopped overthinking every calorie and nutrient on my plate, I actually started to enjoy my food instead of obsessing over it. Don’t get me wrong, I love food, but thinking about it all day everyday is exhausting. When I just eat what I want, my body balances everything out.
    I hate when I read articles that caution people to stay away from too much fruit because of the sugar and calories. Um, I’m pretty sure the whole point of food is that it has calories.

    • June 23, 2011 6:40 pm

      You pretty much summed up my beliefs in a nutshell chica! 🙂 It’s SO exhausting to think of every single number, what ever happend to just food being delicious food?

    • June 23, 2011 8:15 pm

      YES! When I spent so much time trying to figure out the “right” way to eat, it just ended up being all sorts of wrong – I was never satisfied and always thinking about food. Only when I finally threw my hands up in the air in frustration and said “fine body, have it your way”, did I actually start enjoying myself again.

  10. June 23, 2011 6:17 pm

    I don’t concern myself with calories anymore. It goes against my entire view on eating. I eat foods that nourish my body and please my taste buds, that keep me healthy, that are a joy to prepare and then a joy to eat for a half hour or so. Eating should be a stress-free activity. Worrying about calories takes away all the happiness and comfort in food. In my opinion, the healthiest way to eat is to simply be mindful of your own body. Our bodies know best. They’ll tell us what we want. It’s a shame that so many people, girls in particular, go against their intuition in favor of lower-calorie options. Nutrients over numbers! I completely agree with you. Meals should not be calculations. I’ve never liked math very much, anyway. 🙂

  11. June 23, 2011 6:19 pm

    I used to focus on numbers, etc. But now I eat what my body craves or wants. I dont deny myself anymore and find pleasure in preparing and EATING food 🙂 great post Amanda!

    PS- I LOVE ME SOME BANANA!! go-go potasium!

  12. June 23, 2011 6:30 pm

    ahh what a wonderful post, Amanda! I’ve never really focused on numbers, but I’ve definitely fixated on the macronutrients of food. Yes, food is tied to health, but I don’t think that that concept should be taken to an extreme. While at the most basic level, food is a source of fuel and nourishment, I think that the fact that we are relational beings means that food is SO much more than that: it has a social and emotional dimension as well, which I think is so key to enjoying life. I know for myself personally, partaking in food socially and emotionally and nostalgically – ways in which we are sometimes told not to let food become, makes my life so much more enjoyable and freeing. i think we SHOULD take pleasure in food… i am definitely epicurean in that sense 😉

  13. June 23, 2011 6:31 pm

    Uhh, this week my ‘calculations’ take over my day and ruin the meals/snacks I should be enjoying. Thank you for your eye-opening posts, they lead me in the right direction of recovery. 🙂 Now imma go eat my yummy nanner.

  14. Sasha permalink
    June 23, 2011 6:37 pm

    This post is so beautiful and relevant! Food is a joy to behold, not something to fear. I love food and find it to be a delight to prepare and share with family and friends. However, I can’t tell you how many times I have been told that food is merely fuel; “eat to live don’t live to eat”. This phrase left my heart and mind very confused! I love food.. am I not allowed to enjoy it? I tried to view food as just a number, because it’s what I thought I had to do. Now, I live life and just focus on listening to my body and enjoying food!

  15. izzy permalink
    June 23, 2011 6:49 pm

    I just recently had a face-off with a coworker who claimed he’s gaining weight due to his three-banana a day habit. …You know, as opposed to the FOUR VENTI FRAPPUCCINOS that accompany the bananas :\ Oh, my…

    I definitely stil struggle with seeing food as NOURISHMENT, and not as a nutritional facts table. DAMN the knowledge my ed made me acquire!! In that moment, however, when I’m about to put down the bowl of cherries or mug of hot chocolate (yes, in the middle of June :$), I remind myself that MOST people DON’T tally and log each calorie and macronutrient, and still manage to stay happy and healthy! *Ultimate a-ha moment*

    izzyy

  16. June 23, 2011 6:54 pm

    Great topic. once upon a time I was obsessed with cutting down my sugar intake and of course any form of fruit was a no-no because fruits contain sugar. Especially banana’s.
    Blah blah blah is what I hear when I people start to talk about that now. I eat at least one banana a day. Sometimes 2, heck I’ve even had 3 in a day!
    Food isn’t a number, it’s food! Stop over thinking about it and just eat it!
    Besides, I hate math anyways. 😉

  17. June 23, 2011 7:00 pm

    I’m definitely getting over it! I loved this post…I’m adding you to my blog roll because you and your blog = awesomeness 🙂

  18. Emily permalink
    June 23, 2011 7:03 pm

    In the past few weeks, I’ve come to this exact realization, and after reading In Defense of Food and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, I feel even more confident in agreeing with you: food. is not. a number. I refuse to continue thinking of food in terms of calories, or even in terms of fuel – it’s so much more than that. Lately, I’ve been making an effort to listen to what my body wants, because a meal truly is more than the sum of its parts. The little calorie-counting devil still pops up from time to time, but I’m extremely proud to say that I’ve very nearly banished him from my mind. And I couldn’t be happier. 🙂

  19. June 23, 2011 7:20 pm

    oh my gosh! i kind of feel all fuzzy that you mentioned bananas — the bananas in my house the past two days have been the PERFECT ripeness, just a few speckles and lots of yellow, they were so sweet and had the perfect silky texture — oh my GOSH i gobbled up three per day! but anyway…yes, i love bananas.

    in response to your questions, with my eating disorder, yes, i often struggle to see foods as more than just a number. as i am slowly getting over the “calorie” horror, i find i am seeking fiber and shunning sugar, and this is all just wrong. my body will eat what it likes! very interesting point you make there, about eating because it is part of life. i love how you shed light on the fact that eating for pleasure is NOT A SIN, as it is definitely something i struggle with.

    thank you!
    xxx alexandra

  20. Lilly permalink
    June 23, 2011 7:22 pm

    You totally rock girlfriend! I think basically everyone needs to read this. It seems as though it is becoming more and more common to attach numbers to food – and that is just plain sad. Sometimes food is purely for fuel, other times it is for enjoyment or experience with others, as well as in between. This attaching numbers to food is way too over done in my opinion, life is far more then getting the perfect ratio or nutrients or not going over the “calorie limit” for the day. It is funny you bring up bananas, someone recently asked me how I manage to eat at least one banana every day and stay thin. They thought of them as “the unhealthy sugary fruit”.I seriously laughed, sure if I only ate 15 bananas a day that may be too much sugar, and no fun, but some days I eat three along with tons of other yumm stuff and I am doing just fine 🙂

  21. June 23, 2011 7:25 pm

    Such a great post! I used to struggle with that, but I’m a no calorie counter. I like to focus on food that is wholesome and tastes good. The rest takes care of itself.

  22. June 23, 2011 7:26 pm

    Yes! Have you ever read any Bittman, Pollan or Kessler? You would love their books. I still struggle with some items. After a while on a meal plan you start to think of your maronutrients this is a starch…this is a fat. If we ditch all that and go with our instincts and eat REAL FOOD than I think our bodies sort the rest out.

  23. June 23, 2011 7:28 pm

    Amanda this post was seriously one of the best ever – it should be published in every newspaper!!! I totally agree with everything you said!!! I hate it how our society has insisted on putting labels on every single item of food and labeling it as “good” verses “bad” – food should be enjoyable and makes us feel happy!!!
    i too adore bananas – i eat one almost every day!!!

  24. June 23, 2011 7:32 pm

    So glad I’ve grown out of the food as number phase of my life. Calorie counting just sucks. I find that if you eat *real* food the whole carb, protein, fat thing should just balance itself out on its own. Plus who wants to waste time figuring all those things out? Great post, Amanda. Now I want a banana. The fancied up one, obviously 🙂

  25. Anna Crouch permalink
    June 23, 2011 7:49 pm

    UMMMMMM ya. I’m logging this one as a post to come back to over and over and over again…whenever I’m having a bad day. You need to write a book. So I can read it!

    🙂

  26. June 23, 2011 7:58 pm

    I am so happy you used bananas as an example bc it is one of my BIGGEST pet peeves when I hear people saying that a half banana is a serving size or that banana counts as a carb for them. Its a frickin piece of fruit people!!! Pure delicious, from nature, whole food FRUIT!!!

  27. June 23, 2011 8:02 pm

    This post is amazing. It’s exactly what I try to teach my clients! Intuitive eating… go for what you want. Eat what you want. Just make sure you’re hungry, and in the end it doesn’t truthfully matter. This is definitely going in my favorite post tab.

  28. June 23, 2011 8:07 pm

    It’s really interesting to see people who say that “fodo is just fuel” and that they basically can just eat what they think is best for them… probably because I’m fairly bad at that 😉

    I think there’s a time and place to be concerned with some semblance of science and number… like, sure, I try to eat some protein after working out and make sure I get in carbs beforehand, but I also try to detach the nubmers from the foods because otherwise it drives me crazy. Of course, today I actually di dput the calorie count on a recipe I posted about. And I will admit I pay more attention to the numbers than I’d like. But I’m a work in progress. 🙂

    PS just in case your junk mail eats it again I just replied to your e-mail 🙂 ❤

  29. June 23, 2011 8:13 pm

    GIRL YOU ARE MY HERO! Seriously, move to LA. Hell, move in with me, my hubby wont mind 😉
    I have gotten lost in the whole number game a few times, and sometimes I still do, but Im trying REALLY hard to focus on the RIGHT numbers. NOT calories, but instead NUTRIENTS. What is this piece of food going to give me? What will it provide? How will it power my body? Thats what I really try to focus on, but sometimes (like when Im eating cake) I tend to care only about the calories. One day girl, one day us girls will be FREE from numbers!! The only number I want to care about is the number on those dumbells 😉

  30. June 23, 2011 8:47 pm

    Wonderful post! I actually just wrote something similar to this earlier today… it’s funny how similar we are 🙂
    I do count calories as a way of knowing and controlling how much I eat. I am trying to stop, but I get too “scared” when I don’t know how much I have eaten for the day. Planning to work on this though, thank you for the reminder!

  31. June 23, 2011 8:55 pm

    I have to be honest here, that I still do look at the nutrition facts when I buy something and roughly “guestimate” the calories of my meals.
    But reading more of posts like this reminds me that food may be for fuel, but more importantly for pleasure, too. (Thank goodness I gave up the whole “reduce sugar!!” thing…I need some sugar in my diet or I’ll pass out 😛 )
    I’m so grateful that I started looking more into the “micronutrients” than “macros” now. It assures me that I’m doing good for my body – not just stuffing myself with the “evil” calories.

  32. Lenna (veganlenna) permalink
    June 23, 2011 9:14 pm

    I agree with you, totally! I have one roommate who always tells things like: “Oh, this (insert almost any meal) is sooo good, but it is too high in calories, so I can´t eat it:((((” And I always feel that it is so wrong to think like that. If you like it, then eat it. Your body is telling you that there are some nutrients it needs, so you better listen! Calories are really just numbers and they don´t mean that much. Of course, overeating does no good, but there is a huge space between not-eating-at-all an overeating, and this space can be filled with eating various, colorful, healthy, tasty and sometimes even a bit unhealthy food regardless of its calories and other numbers.

  33. June 23, 2011 9:22 pm

    Amen, sister, amen. Thankfully I never really counted calories so I have nooooo idea how many calories I eat in a day, nor do I ever want to know the calorie count of anything that passes my lips. However, I hate it when food companies see it as an obligation to plant the amount of calories in a food SMACK BANG on the front of it. Like on chocolate bars, for instance. I don’t *care* how many calories are in it. Can I please enjoy this chocolate in piece without being interrupted by numbers?! Rawr!

    To me, calories don’t mean anything because I know that they’re useless. As a physicist, I know it as a unit of energy, that is, the energy required to raise the temperature 1 gram of water by 1 degree. And this is about 4.2 joules. That’s it. So if I’m carrying a lot of water weight, does that mean that if I eat something that’s 100 calories, that I raise 1 gram of it by 100 degrees?! Hmmm hahahahaha.

    I lived for so long by food rules. I was eating how I was being told to eat but I wasn’t getting any pleasure from my food whatsoever. It’s a sad life when you don’t get pleasure from the food you eat.

    Another great thought provoking post!

    xxx

  34. June 23, 2011 9:42 pm

    I love this post 🙂
    Can you believe that bananas used to be one of my biggest fear foods?! How crazy/stupid is that?!
    You’re right that food is fuel yet it is also a wonderful experience.
    I agree that we should be allowed to emotionally eat sometimes. 🙂
    Thanks for the reminder. I needed to hear this tonight.

    • June 23, 2011 10:11 pm

      I think bananas top a lot of people’s fear food list – they were on mine as well… but thankfully, now they’ve moved to my top 10 favorites list 😀

  35. sunshinevegan permalink
    June 23, 2011 9:52 pm

    Yet another great post! You always manage to inspire me in some way 🙂
    It is funny that you brought up bananas though, as they were one of my all time fear foods (I admit I’m still a bit weary of them). I hate how much thought I actually give to food numbers. Not even just calories, but fats and other nutrients too. It is sad that I sometimes even get anxious if I don’t know or cant guestimate the numbers in a food :/ I am really making headway and working on this though!

  36. June 23, 2011 10:08 pm

    For a while I was really wrapped up in the numbers game…and then poof! I suddenly realized how wrong I was about the whole thing. And now I no longer obsess and I am at the same weight I was prior to having a baby. I feel fabulous. Aside from my eczema of course…but that’s another story altogether.

    Forgive me my friend but I have to say that I just don’t like bananas!!

  37. June 23, 2011 10:13 pm

    I actually don’t have the patience (nor the inclination) to see the “numbers” behind my meals…and thank goodness for that. I do get stressed about eating & tend to fluctuate between being controlling and over-eating… but I find when I just let food be food and eat till I’m just-right (not stuffed) I’m happy, my body is happy, and life is much much simpler.
    PS. LOVE bananas! Magic fruit. 😉

  38. June 23, 2011 11:16 pm

    I actually used to not eat bananas. Who knows why…but I love em now! 🙂

    In the past, I’ve attempted to keep calorie logs, multiple times, but honestly I never got past logging my mid-morning snack. I do still look at calories of almost everything I buy, but I’ve slowly started to look more at the ingredients than at the numbers.

  39. June 23, 2011 11:38 pm

    New reader here and I’ve been going through/loving your archives! So inspiring and wise! I am guilty of attaching numbers to my food (not necessarily calories but macronutrient ratio) and I’m trying to break away from that habit! You couldn’t have said it better: food really is one of life’s simplest pleasures and there really is no need to make it unnecessarily mind-boggling! Amen 

  40. Teniesha @ Vegan on the Go-Go permalink
    June 24, 2011 12:52 am

    Wonderful post, as per usual! I remember that a huge step in my recovery was when I realized that I no longer viewed food as nourishment, but as numbers, calories–and when I stopped counting, phew! What a relief! 🙂

  41. June 24, 2011 2:05 am

    YES for food love!! Food is FOOD and I no longer care how many calories it has or whether it’s supposedly ‘good’ or ‘bad’, if I want it I’ll have it!! 😀

    I used to be a HUGE calorie counter and even when I decided to give it up, it wasn’t that easy! I still knew the calories in just about everything, so it was really hard to ignore that! And bananas were like my BIGGEST fear food but now they are my FAVOURITE, especially in your delicious banana bread!!

    LOVE these posts!! I love reading through each of the comments above and seeing the amazing impact your words are having on people struggling with these things! You ROCK girl 🙂

  42. June 24, 2011 2:38 am

    I used to think of food numerically, but THANKFULLY I am past that- plus most of the foods I eat are so ingredient-ly complicated that it would take a great time effort of arithmetic to even figure out the nutritional content- hence I tend to prefer food WITHOUT any nutritional facts/info- I just don’t need that reminder 🙂

  43. June 24, 2011 2:43 am

    Wonderful post! I used to have problems with my relationship with food as I would see things as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ or calories or fat or carbs etc. Recently I have really embraced the pure joy of eating. Food is so much more than numbers, its my connection to the environment and the planet, they give me health and energy, and most importantly, food nourishes my soul! I think its so important to get pure joy from food 🙂

  44. June 24, 2011 4:10 am

    Just every single post you write is just incredible, honestly. 🙂
    When I first started my ED I would count calories obsessively, up to the point where I wouldn’t allow myself a piece of gum because it had a whole extra 7 calories in it. I’d write it all down in a diary everyday (not that I ate more than 100 on some days..) I knew the calories in EVERYTHING. I’d go round the shops and look at the back of every single thing possible. Numbers just went round my head. Then after being in hospital for years and deciding to recover myself, I made a set calorie meal plan and it drove me crazy counting the calories to make the ‘exact’ number to meet my weight gaining meal plan. It stressed me out so much planning every single day so it was ‘perfect’.
    Now I honestly can’t remember the last time I counted calories and my head is totally free of numbers. I don’t know how and when it happened but damn, I feel so free! I honestly don’t know HOW I managed to count the calories in everything..these days I just see it as impossible! I nibble here and there, I make up my own recipes and randomly through in bits here and there..it’s just not possible to calculate how much I have! And thank GOD I don’t because I love the way I eat freely now! And bake! My favorite thing ever!!
    And bananas were definitely one of my most feared foods! How could I deprive myself of such an innocent yummy fruit?!

    • June 24, 2011 7:58 am

      Awwr love your story is so inspiring and you’re doing absolutely amazing. The same thing happened to me – I don’t know what caused my mentality to change, but one day it was just like… I don’t want to do this anymore… so I quit the counting and fell in love with the freedom.

  45. June 24, 2011 5:19 am

    This ish is bananas!

    Sometimes I do wish I could go back to the days of not knowing anything about nutrition. When I was younger I would be able to eat anything I wanted without a second thought. Now I feel like I know so much about the food that I’m eating that it becomes over-complicated! Good in a way since I feel so much healthier, but it can be overwhelming and frustrating at times, too.

  46. June 24, 2011 5:22 am

    i def think this is such a great post and great way to loook at food and how our society deals with it!!… i defs used to see food as a number… but now.. its TASTY!! and um.. im so proud and happy that u used bananas in this example.. becuz.. well.. they ROCK 😉

  47. June 24, 2011 6:24 am

    I love this post, and I love YOU!! Love how you write, and how it all makes sence!
    I havent counted calories in years, but I have had aaall kinds of other rules and ways to put food/food groups into “good” and “bad”. I KNOW that my body doesent care if a meal is “perfectelly” mixed. If it calls for a certan food, that is what it needs! Why, oh why, is it so hard to just give up the control? Especially when I know it is the right and healthiest thing to do!

  48. June 24, 2011 6:33 am

    AMEN!

    I absolutely agree with you here, Amanda. To make things more complicated, all foods (and calories) aren’t created equal. I believe that the 2,000 (or whatever number) calories a day rule is absolute bologna. It’s about what you eat and how your body utilizes it. Ever wonder why some people can barely eat anything, and yet they can’t stop gaining weight?

    Food isn’t about numbers, and it’s a tragedy that over the past century, we’ve been retrained to believe in the association between the two. We have to re-teach ourselves how to eat using our senses – both physical and intuitive – in order to best nourish our bodies. Calories and micronutrients need. to. go.

    You see, this is why I love your blog. 🙂

  49. June 24, 2011 6:46 am

    Ah this is why I love reading your posts! The past few days I haven’t been able to “count” calories and it’s SO freeing! It’s been great to just ENJOY food without thinking about the nutritional profile of my food. It’s a shame so many of us have become focused on the nutritional value of foods instead of just enjoying food for what it is 🙂

  50. June 24, 2011 7:41 am

    I love your post and I agree with your point. Nothing wrong with a little ice cream every now and then!!! I don’t get why some people say that bananas are a “bad” fruit cause they have more calories than the typical fruit. They’re very nutritious!!! Life is NOT a Nutrition Facts label.

  51. June 24, 2011 7:43 am

    Food is always a number. It’s either the calories or the price. Luckily, bananas have always been on my list of comfort foods and here they are quite cheap so I don’t choke on them when I think about the price 😀 . Thanks for the inspiring (banana) post!

  52. June 24, 2011 8:00 am

    This is such a lovely, thoughtful and well-put post. Just like all of yours of course. You just know how to put everything so perfectly into words 🙂 And your choice of the Banana as the star player is brilliant.

    I don’t look at food as a number per say, but it’s definitely become a burden, a frustration and a boredom buster lately rather than filled with the enjoyment, taste and social pleasure that it should be laden with. I’m hoping to get that back soon enough because food is such a wonderful thing when you have a great relationship with it. I miss enjoying it and looking forward to it rather than resenting it and eating it without proper thought and attention. It’ll come though, I know it will.

    I had three super ripe bananas yesterday so I made a “healthier” banana bread but it was such a bust! Well, it turned out pretty decent after a night and a chill in the fridge (banana bread is always better the next day, isn’t it?!) but I SHOULD have made yours! I’ve always wanted to. Next batch of rotting bananas is getting Amanda-fied for sure.

  53. June 24, 2011 9:29 am

    Love this post! I used to think about food in numbers, but now it’s just fun for me! Food is tasty, energizing and good for the body.

  54. ruth permalink
    June 24, 2011 10:58 am

    aww juhuu. i’m so happy to see you writing again!! i love reading your old blog in the wintertime and did just notice your messega from may.
    you’r such a great blogger/writer. I’m so excited to start reading your new blog now.

    THANK YOU ((:)

  55. June 24, 2011 12:02 pm

    Something that struck me the other day while I was reading Women’s Health magazine… was that they were always suggesting ways to cut calories and how to choose the lowest calorie option. It really got me thinking that basically every form of media is geared towards dieting. The magazine articles, TV commercials, diet programs and products… all geared towards losing weight. Its really hard to wrap my mind around trying to eat MORE in a world where everybody else is trying to eat LESS…

    Anyways… yeah, the hard thing is, right now I do HAVE to look at as a number, to make sure I’m getting enough… but I’m trying to disconnect a little bit. Just keep track of calories and make sure I get the minimum protein and fat requirements… and just let everything else fall as it may.

  56. June 24, 2011 1:52 pm

    It felt so amazing when I started to notice food for what it does for my body rather than just their numbers. But still, I do pay attention to those things to make sure I’m getting enough of those numbers to properly fuel my workouts! But they’re definitely not “just numbers”..not anymore. 🙂

  57. June 24, 2011 2:00 pm

    I love this and I couldn’t agree more! I hate when people say “all things in moderation” and they’re referring to fruits and veggies! How is it bad to eat a ton of fresh veggies or have some fruit with every meal? As long as you’re not replacing other things with that, I think it’s perfectly okay to be a produce monster 😉
    I still struggle with not counting my calories, fat and sugar grams, etc because of my ED. It seems like those numbers are forever stuck in my head! Now I’m just trying to focus on my body’s wants and needs and focus on nutrients over numbers.

  58. June 24, 2011 2:49 pm

    this post almost brought tears to my eyes, as it’s one that hits so close to home for me. i loved all you had to say about the banana, and i remember a time in my life when i refused even to eat watermelon because someone had told me it was too “carby.” how sad is it that we let food become numbers and our whole life starts to revolve around calories in, calories worked off, and ultimately, the number on the scale. we forget that self worth cannot be measured with a number like it’s a gpa or an ingredient in a recipe. i’m FINALLY learning to eat what i’m craving (and what my body needs) without worrying if it’s the lowest calorie/fat option out there. after all, food IS fuel and medicine, but it’s so much more than that. it’s a way to connect with others, to celebrate culture and life, to have tradition. i’ve been told by a few nutritionists that there are no such things as “good foods” and “bad foods”- that’s so eating disordered, sorting foods out in ways that makes some “safe” and “unsafe”- prohibiting things we really want. i’ve started to learn that everything is fine in moderation, and that eating isn’t a numbers game, but more an adventure of variety, balance, and moderation. amen to this post- i’m so glad there are people out there reminding others of this important lesson!

  59. June 24, 2011 4:41 pm

    you are SO right! Emotional eating gets such a bad rap, but is it really that bad? I mean, if you are an emotionally balanced person, and food is part of a happy situation, so what!

  60. June 24, 2011 5:01 pm

    I love this post – such a great message. It’s hard to find blogs that appreciate food for what it is. It seems like most people (including myself) overanalyze everything to create too much balance in meals.

    I’ve been trying to base my meals and snacks off of cravings lately, rather than what I “know” I should be eating at certain times in the day. So heck, if I want cereal at 2 AM, I’ll eat it.

  61. Devan permalink
    June 24, 2011 8:15 pm

    SO true ! Thank you for this post!! I will come join you for that Fro Yo.. I need to get the hell out of Foodie 101 ASAP… i am going crazy..
    xoxox

  62. June 25, 2011 8:16 am

    You’re so right about food math. I’m guilty of this for sure. Although I think it’s okay to calculate while still enjoying food. I have a rule to never eliminate a food group just because it’s “sugary” or “fatty”. But when my jeans start to get snug, I know it’s time to get my portions in check. When I need to lose a few vacation pounds I still go for froyo but I just skip something else instead like guacamole or cheese in a different meal. I love bethanny frankel’s rule about treating your diet like a bank account.

  63. bodymovingbaking permalink
    June 25, 2011 9:12 pm

    Seriously. You are a genious. Im still working on the calculating calories but its like im scared to stop. Tomorrow is a new day. Hopefully one day I can. You’re awesome, and seriously like my life saver! Thanks!!

  64. Sarah permalink
    June 26, 2011 4:00 pm

    “Eating an equation? Cooking a calculation? Meal time a math lesson?”

    You took me back to AP English with those rhetorical devices : D

  65. June 26, 2011 6:53 pm

    Fabulous post!

    I see food as fuel, and I am not afraid of it. I love it!

  66. June 27, 2011 5:31 pm

    Have you read In Defense Of Food? Based on your posts I think you would like it! It’s all about how nutrition science has lead us in the wrong direction so we need to get back to eating whole foods- foods that our great gramdmothers would recognize as food!

  67. Ellie permalink
    June 30, 2011 3:40 am

    You have pretty hands. …You also just made me crave banana. brb going to raid kitchen.

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