Lately I’ve been seriously digging my walks. They are quickly becoming the best way for me to clear my head and feel like I’m doing something for my body. I know eventually my leg will heal (at least I hope), and I will start doing more high-intensity workouts, but one thing I’d like to maintain are my walks. And not just on top of my regular fitness regimen, but instead of my typical insanity meets crossfit meets whatever workout craze is in style type workouts.
I expected with the decreased intensity of my workouts and the amount of food I typically consume that I would turn into an oompa loompa overnight. What I did not expect was that my amazingly resilient body has the ability to adjust to its circumstances. Though I would typically have my 10:00 AM snack, a mere hour and a half after my breakfast, I don’t find myself nearly as ravenous anymore. I don’t eat as much because I don’t NEED to eat as much. As a result my body has changed very little. Some people in the nutrition world refer to this as “Intuitive Eating”. Call it what you want, but the importance of listening to your body’s natural hunger cues should not be understated.
I still have a very fast metabolism (thanks parents!) so I eat pretty frequently, but I’ve discovered that not requiring so much food has some serious upsides. For one, my snack drawer doesn’t need to be refilled daily. I also am not spending my entire income on Quest Bars, and everything I make no longer requires the word “protein” before it. Don’t get me wrong, I love my protein powders, but the amount I typically consumed probably wasn’t healthy. I love me some good animal and plant-powered protein but the convenience of protein powder cannot be denied.
Many of the recipes I post involve some kind of protein powder. Pancakes especially because they were typically my post-run fuel and provided a great source of carbs and protein. But I just don’t need that much protein right now. So for now I’m taking a hiatus from my typical protein pancake/waffle/bar/roll/oatmeal recipes and focusing on using whole grains, fruits and veggies, and more natural sources protein. These Gluten-Free Ginger Pear Pancakes were a perfect place to start.